A rematch of the Eastern Conference Final from last season will take place on Friday night at Empire Field as the BC Lions crack skulls with the Montreal Alouettes.
Montreal Alouettes (1-1, 1-1 ATS) – It isn’t often that you see teams in the CFL go on three-game road trips, particularly all on the opposite side of the country, but that’s exactly what the Als have had to start off the CFL betting campaign this year. They rebounded from a bad overtime loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 1 by handing the Edmonton Eskimos their second defeat of the year by the count of 33-23. The offense for the Als probably wasn’t what it should have been, as 287 total yards is tame in comparison to what this team can do on a regular basis. No receiver had more than 52 yards through the air, and for the second straight week, no one had more than five receptions. QB Anthony Calvillo had 237 passing yards and two scores against a pick on the day. The game really turned on DB Jerald Brown’s pick six early in the fourth quarter. His score was the second in a span of three TDs that took the Alouettes from trailing 23-11 to leading 33-23, the final score of the game.
British Columbia Lions (1-1, 1-1 ATS) – Things looked great for the Lions after a week of play, but now that the team has had a debilitating 37-18 loss under their belts at the hands of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, they have to wonder just how strong they are going to be this year. The difference was the rushing game, which didn’t get a great effort from RB Jamal Robertson in Week 2. He rushed the ball ten times for 54 yards, but it never felt like the Leos really got him into the game. Instead, the passing game was king. QBs Casey Printers and Travis Lulay combined to throw for 317 yards and two scores, though the major of the yardage for Lulay came on a 98 yard TD pass to WR Geroy Simon, who also had a TD reception from Printers as well. The veteran Printers completed ten of his 14 passes before getting injured. His status is still up in the air for Friday, but all accounts expect BC’s starting signal caller to be the man under center when the game kicks off. Giving up 7.2 yards per play is unacceptable in this league, and the Lions are going to have to work those kinks out if they hope to beat the Alouettes on Friday night.
Montreal went 2-1 SU but just 1-2 ATS against the Leos last year. This is a very interesting game, as both of these teams haven’t played to their potential yet this season. Printers has had a woeful history against the Alouettes in his career though, and that is going to be the decisive factor, as the visitors will close out this road stand with a very acceptable 2-1 record. BC is overmatched in this CFL betting affair.
Selection: Montreal Alouettes -5.5 at BetCanadian