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Toronto Argonauts Grey Cup Odds 2017
Argonauts Odds To Win The Grey Cup
The Toronto Argonauts finished 5-13 in 2016, tying them for last in the Canadian Football League and giving them their worst record since 2009. After the disaster that was 2016, the Argos completely remodelled their front office and coaching staff, bringing in Jim Popp as general manager and Marc Trestman as head coach. The tandem of Trestman and Popp have worked together to bring in more talent to the Argos, signing former NFL running back Kendall Hunter, cornerback Brandon Harris and linebacker Winston Venable.
With the worst Grey Cup odds om 2017, the expectations are not very high for the Argos this season. Argos’ quarterback Ricky Ray is coming off another injury plagued season and his back-up – Drew Willy – was less than stellar in relief. With the uncertainty under centre, predicting the Argos season is difficult, but there are - realistically - two possible outcomes for the team. The first is a full season of Ricky Ray, strong contributions from roleplayers and offseason signings plus a better coaching which leads to the Argos getting back in the playoffs. The second - and more likely scenario - the team is more competent and competitive than it was in 2017, but it lacks the talent to make the playoffs and focuses on building for the long term.
At +1200, the Argos have the worst Grey Cup odds of all nine teams in 2017. For the Argos to have any chance at hoisting the Grey Cup this year, they a perfect storm of luck, health and player performance. Mainly, the Argos need Ray to play as he did and 2013 and be as healthy as he was in 2011, plus the rest of their roster to play at or above their potential. In a league with only nine teams, it is not impossible, but it is a longshot. Because of the unlikelihood of everything transpiring perfectly for the Argos they are the least likely team to win the Grey Cup in 2017.
Toronto Argonauts 2017 Schedule
The Toronto Argos start 2017 at home in a game against their biggest rivals – the Hamilton Tiger-Cats – on June 25th at 4:00 PM EST. The Argos and Ti-Cats – due to their proximity – have one of the biggest rivalries in the CFL. Even if the two teams only combined to win 12 games in 2016, the rivalry is always relevant and entertaining with consistently making the short trip to each other’s stadium. Last year the Argos lost their season opener – against Hamilton in Toronto – 42-20.
The Toronto Argonauts schedule at first glance seems reasonable. They never play more than two consecutive home or road games and play the majority of their games on Saturday. However, it can never be that simple or easy, and their schedule has its share of oddities. Their biggest anomaly is that their last four games are all against Western Division opponents.
The biggest games on the Argos schedule are a back-to-back in the middle of the season. In week ten the Argos go out West to play the Calgary Stampeders and follow that game up with their annual Labour Day game against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton. From that point of the season onward, the Argos have two bye weeks – their first coming after their game against Hamilton and the second coming in week 19. If the Argos can be at or near .500 come week 12, they will be set up well to make a push for a playoff spot over their remaining seven games.
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