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Hamilton Tiger Cats Grey Cup Odds 2017
Tiger-Cats Odds To Win The Grey Cup
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats seem to be a franchise stuck somewhere between Grey Cup contender and rebuild candidate. The last four seasons the Tiger-Cats have made the playoffs, but they have not exactly lit up the league – winning between seven and ten games.
Although the Eastern Division has not been overly competitive the last few years (Hamilton won the division with nine wins in 2014 and nabbed second place with seven wins in 2016), they have not been able to beat the West. This leaves coach Kent Austin in a bit of a bind. After losing two Grey Cups (2013 and 2014) and a crossover game against the Edmonton Eskimos in 2016, the Ti-Cats need quarterback Zach Collaros to be healthy for a full season to make 2017 meaningful.
As mentioned above the Tiger-Cats are at somewhat of a crossroads, and because of this, expectations in Hamilton are all over the map. If the season goes smoothly, and the team avoids injuries – most importantly at quarterback – then Hamilton has a strong chance at winning the East and making their third Grey Cup in five years. The underlying problem with that scenario is that something will usually go wrong in a full season of football. Because of this, most expectations for Hamilton are modest. Eight or nine wins – which is likely enough for a playoff spot – and another crossover game against the West before bowing out quietly.
At +700 odds, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are right in the middle of 2017 Grey Cup odds. Coming in 2017, the Tiger-Cats are either the best or second-best team in the East.
The problem facing the Tiger-Cats is there are three teams in the West with better odds, and over the last few season, Hamilton has mightily struggled against the West (including a 2-9 record in 2016 and 0-3 in the playoffs/Grey Cup since 2013). While it is entirely possible Hamilton ends its failures against the Western Division in 2017, the more obstacles the team needs to overcome, the less likely the team will snap their 18-year Grey Cup drought.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2017 Schedule
Hamilton starts there 2017 season with a date against their biggest rival – the Toronto Argonauts. This is the second consecutive year and third time in five years that Hamilton plays Toronto in their season openers. Hamilton won 42-20 in 2016 but lost 39-34 in 2013. This will also be the fifth season in a row that Hamilton opens the season on the road. Fans and bettors can catch the Hamilton-Toronto match-up at BMO Field in Toronto on June 25 at 4:00 PM EST.
After week one, Hamilton has the fortune – or misfortune – of having their first bye week of the season. The Tiger-Cats have a tough road in the early part of the season, but after week seven are rewarded for it. Following a two-game Alberta road trip – which finishes against Edmonton in week 7 (August 4), the Tiger-Cats become the beneficiaries of a very lengthy stay at home.
Hamilton does not have to play another road game until week 12 (September 9 in Ottawa). Between week 7 and week 11, Hamilton plays two games at home, has their second bye week and finishes off everything off with their annual Labour Day showdown against the Toronto Argos.
This midseason stretch of rest and home games will give the Tiger-Cats a big boost over the remainder of the season. The biggest games after Labour include two road games against the Redblacks in week 12 and week 19 and a tough home game against Calgary on October 13.
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