Montreal Alouettes (4-0) at Edmonton Eskimos (2-2)
Thursday, 9:00 pm Eastern – TSN
Opening Line: Montreal – 6.5 , Total 54.5
The Edmonton Eskimos get their second chance at the Montreal Aloulettes on Thursday and they are hoping it goes a lot better than the last time when they were routed 50-16. The Eskimos got a nice 38-33 comeback win last week against Saskatchewan as they had 140 rushing yards. They may need a similar amount of yards on the ground to win against Montreal. “In order for us to be effective, we have to be able to effectively run the football,” Eskimos head coach Richie Hall said. “That opens up everything for us. It allows our offensive line to be aggressive. It takes pressure off our receivers and our quarterback and it makes the opposition have to defend the whole play book”.
The ability to run the ball will be a big key for Edmonton as they look to keep Anthony Calvillo and the Montreal offense off the field. “Keeping our defense rested, putting together long drives, time of possession, all of that is important,” offensive coordinator Rick Worman said. “Montreal is a good football team. The more times they get their hands on the ball, the more opportunities they have to score. The biggest thing is to be unpredictable. Then you have a chance to be an offensive team and not a team that’s one-dimensional.”
Calvillo needs just 34 yards on Thursday to reach 60,000 in his career. “This is a positive thing,” Calvillo said, “To be so close to 60,000 is going to be special. To be able to play for so many years and stay healthy, but you’ve got to be able to be on a good team. You’re not going to be able to do this by just by going out there. You need to be surrounded by great talent, no matter who you are.”
Here are the CFL Betting stats for Thursday’s game. The Alouettes are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Alouettes are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Edmonton.
The Eskimos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Eskimos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Current Line: Montreal – 6.5 , Total 54.5
The Over is 8-2 in the Eskimos last 10 games in July. The Over is 4-1 in the Eskimos last 5 games overall. The Over is 9-3 in the Eskimos last 12 home games. The Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Edmonton between the two teams.