Argonauts at Tiger-Cats: What bettors need to know

Toronto Argonauts at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Pick, 56)

The Toronto Argonauts will look to stay hot on the road when they visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Guelph, Ont., on Monday to determine who wins the season series between the provincial rivals. The Tiger-Cats won in Toronto last week and trail the Argonauts by four points for the East Division lead. A Toronto victory coupled with a loss by Montreal on Monday against Winnipeg would clinch the division title and a first-round playoff bye for the Argonauts.

Toronto has won six straight road games to compensate for its 3-4 record at Rogers Centre that includes a 33-19 loss to the Tiger-Cats last week.. Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris leads the league with 4,173 passing yards, but will have to contend with Argonauts defensive back Patrick Watkins, who is tied for the league lead in interceptions with five. The Tiger-Cats limited Toronto running back Chad Kackert to 43 rushing yards last week and will need to do so again to contain the Argonauts' varied offense.

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ABOUT THE ARGONAUTS (9-5): Quarterback Ricky Ray is close to returning to regular action, but coach Scott Milanovich would not confirm whether Ray or Zach Collaros would start Monday. Collaros was limited to one rushing touchdown and 277 passing yards against Hamilton last week. Slotback Chad Owens returned to the lineup last week and caught six passes for 52 yards, and returned three punts for 19 yards.

ABOUT THE TIGER-CATS (7-7): Wide receiver Luke Tasker, son of former NFL standout Steve Tasker, caught his first touchdown pass in his second CFL game last week. Running back C.J. Gable has emerged as a force in his first year in the league, with 665 rushing yards and 490 receiving yards for a combined 10 touchdowns. Former Toronto linebacker Brandon Isaac has four sacks and one interception since joining Hamilton.

TRENDS:

* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Argonauts are 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Tiger-Cats are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.
* Under is 8-2 in Tiger-Cats last 10 games in October.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. Burris is 27 rushing yards short of reaching 5,000 in his career.

2. Toronto allows a league-worst 294.5 passing yards per game, while Hamilton has allowed a league-worst 28 passing touchdowns.

3. The Tiger-Cats are 5-1 against divisional opponents.

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