The Betting Perspective - BC @ MTL
BC @ Montreal (-3): TOTAL 48.5
The Montreal Alouettes return from a bye-week to host the BC Lions Saturday night. Both of these teams come into this one feeling great thanks to cushy schedules, BC grabbed back-to-back victories over the Redblacks, while the Alouettes put up a season-high 51 points a couple of weeks ago in Ottawa.
The Lions ripped apart the Redblacks defense in Week 6, quarterback Michael Reilly threw for four touchdowns and 319 yards. However, prior to facing Ottawa this season, Reilly only threw a single touchdown pass in the previous three games. Lions' receiver Bryan Burnham looks poised for another fantastic season, he's already racked up over 400 yards and three touchdowns. On the other hand, BC's defense looked like they could've grabbed a boatload of turnovers against Ottawa quarterback Dominique Davis, the Lions dropped numerous interceptions while Davis was looked for some sort of rhythm.
As for the Alouettes, they looked like world-beaters Labour Day weekend against the struggling Redblacks. Vernon Adams Jr was emotional postgame after the quality of his play was called into question. Adams Jr tossed four touchdowns in the contest against Ottawa, in addition to running back Wlliam Stanback running for 112 yards on just 15 carries. The Alouettes, at times, have been overly aggressive when it comes to throwing the football down the field but Montreal lead the CFL in yards per carry, so a simpler attack may be the best course of action moving forward. The Als defense have already compiled 13 sacks in five games and could be in for another productive night against a BC line that has shown some cracks.
The betting line for this game sits right now at Alouettes -3, but some books have been willing to dip the number to under a field goal. Before the Als covered the spread last season in Vancouver, BC had reeled off eight ATS covers in a row.
But it's a new era of football in Montreal so let that recent result sway opinion on this game. Vernon Adams Jr is still a premier playmaker in the CFL and William Stanback is back to being a major part of Khari Jones' gameplan.
Alouettes are the play on their home field.
Pick: Montreal -3