July 8, 2011

CFL Week 2 Picks: Montreal Alouettes @ Saskatchewan Roughriders Predictions

Every time the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Montreal Alouettes get together in CFL betting action, sparks are inevitably set to fly. The NFL Network will have live coverage of the latest clash of these titans on Saturday night at 4:00 ET from Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

Montreal has figured out how to win four of the last five games in this series, but the one bugaboo that it always seems to have is that it can’t find a way to beat the CFL odds in the process. The Alouettes are winless ATS in their last five against the Riders, and they hope to change all of that around on the road in Week 2. Of course, it was the same old story for the Als in Week 1. They were beaten on the CFL lines by the BC Lions, but in the end, they did enough to grab the 30-26 victory on the night in which they raised their second straight Grey Cup banner. It is very clear that this offense still has the potential to be incredibly lethal even though RB Avon Cobourne has moved on to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Even without the always dangerous WR Kerry Watkins in the fold, Montreal still tallied the most yards in the league in Week 1 with 447. QB Anthony Calvillo threw for 312 yards on a virtually perfect 22-of-30 passing, and he had three scores, two of which went to WR Jamel Richardson. Richardson finished the night with nine grabs for 162 yards. WR SJ Green had six catches for 88 yards and a TD.

The Riders have a lot of explaining to do after losing on opening weekend at home in very rare fashion. Had it been a different team doing the deed, perhaps we wouldn’t have been so surprised. However, the two time defending West Division champs should not have gotten beaten down by two TDs by the lowly Edmonton Eskimos, who many think is the worst team in the league by a country mile this year. QB Darian Durant just needs to find some more consistency taking care of the football. He turned it over four times in total on the day against an Edmonton defense that had a difficult time forcing turnovers a year ago. Those bad marks ruin an otherwise fantastic day for the former North Carolina Tar Heel. Durant did throw for 339 yards and had a pair of TDs. Those turnovers consistently put the defense in bad spots, and the end result was very apparent: Edmonton scored a whopping 42 points and had five offensive majors. If this doesn’t improve this week, the Alouettes could be putting just a boatload of points on the board when push comes to shove.

Montreal might be the best team in the league, and it very well could be on its way to the Grey Cup once again this year, but this is one of the hardest places to play football in Canada. Off of the embarrassment that the Riders suffered last week, we just don’t see it happening again. If the Als win this one, they definitely got their money’s worth. But for our Week 2 picks, we have no choice but to take the Roughriders -2.

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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