Lions in Montreal To Take on Banged-Up Als
BC Lions (5-2) vs. Montreal Alouettes (2-5)
Date/Time: Thursday, August 22, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Percival Molson Stadium
Broadcast: TSN, RDS, NBCSN
Lions vs. Als Betting Lines from Bodog
Odds: BC Lions -9
The BC Lions head East this week attempting to build on a good effort at home last week against Calgary. Their opponent this week – the Montreal Alouettes –a team that looks to be in shambles at the moment.
The Als have lost five of their last six games overall to slip to 2-5 on the season and they may be forced to play without pivot Anthony Calvillo who was knocked out of last week’s game with a concussion.
This after firing their rookie head coach only two weeks prior. This is not the Montreal Alouettes we have come to know – they are ripe for the picking each and every week.
The BC Lions didn’t look terrific in a win last week against Calgary but they were certainly good enough to record a 26-22 win and pull even with Calgary for second in the Western Division. Travis Lulay completed 16 of 28 passes for 223 yards and Andrew Harris ran for just 56 yards.
Harris did record 61 yards receiving as well and once again looked like BCs best weapon offensively. It is BCs balances attack that will give the Alouettes below average defense fits this week.
BC’s defense should have fun this week. This unit allows the second fewest points in the CFL and continues to be one of the best all around squads in the game. Last week the Leos got a big play in the return game to add to the dangerous all around nature of this team.
Tim Brown fielded the ensuing kickoff and raced 97 yards to the end zone. Simply put the Lions look like contenders again – as balance a team as there is in the CFL. On the road they get the pleasure of playing a Montreal team that is a mess as we head into Week 9.
With or without Anthony Calvillo, the Alouettes have really struggled offensively this year averaging just 22.3 points per game. Running Back Brandon Whitaker has been out of the lineup for weeks, perennial All-Star Jamel Richardson has been out of action and now it appears that Anthony Calvillo will be forced to sit – ugh!
That leaves Josh Neiswander who went 12 of 30 for 147 yards and 2 interceptions last week in relief to lead the way – or it could be Tanner March, or the newly signed Troy Smith.
Any way you slice it, the Als will be in trouble against BC’s stout defense this week.
Some telling starts about Montreal’s offense – Montreal as a team is last in the league with just 1.502 passing yards, has one more INT (seven) than passing score and has the second-lowest efficiency rating (72.7) after seven games.
It hasn’t only been the Montreal offense that has been poor this year – the defense has also looked bad at times allowing nearly 29 points per game.
Injuries have plagued this team on the defensive side of the ball as well – a lot of backups will be suiting up for Montreal on Thursday night.
Dave B’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Betting Prediction:
A few trends to consider:
• Under is 12-3-1 in BC last 16 games in August.
• Under is 15-4 in BC last 19 road games.
• BC are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games.
• Under is 7-1-1 in MONT last 9 home games.
• MONT are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
• MONT are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in August.
• BC are 21-5 ATS in their last 26 meetings.
It shouldn’t matter who lines up under center for the Alouettes – the Lions should win this one easily. Anthony Calvillo is a shell of his former self and his backups simply aren’t ready to assume control of this yet.
Too many injuries have led to far too little experience on offense for Montreal.
The defense isn’t helping matters much either. No matter the spread I like the Lions to beat up on Montreal this week.