• Kyle Melo

The Betting Perspective - MTL @ HAM

Montreal @ Hamilton (-2.5): TOTAL 48.5

The Montreal Alouettes travel to Hamilton Saturday afternoon to face the East Division leading Tiger-Cats.

The Alouettes lost in Toronto just a week ago 30-27 and now sit at 2-4 on the season. Montreal's offense have put up some serious production as of late, the Als put up 560 yards of total offense versus the Argos and 453 yards against the Lions in Week 7. The story for the Alouettes in their losses has been missed opportunities, from the six field goals against BC to Eugene Lewis coming up a yard short in Calgary to key turnovers in Toronto proving to be the difference. The Als might not be as bad as their record would indicate, but time is running out for them to prove that point to the rest of the CFL. On the defensive side of ball, the Als have the second best rush defense, but have given-up a league-worst 9.6 yards against per completion.

As for the Ticats, veteran Jeremiah Masoli will start for Hamilton versus the Alouettes, the shakeup follows back-to-back wins for Hamilton with David Watford at quarterback. Masoli struggled early in the season before Dane Evans got the reigns in Week 4, the Ole Miss product has chucked four interceptions and just one touchdown pass in two games. The offense gets receiver Bralon Addison back on the field for the first time in 2021 so we might see a truer representation of the Ticats attack. Due to Masoli's return, pressure falls back on the offensive line that struggled immensely early in the season. Offensive coordinator Tommy Condell's group had a more simplistic approach under David Watford, which alleviated the opposition's pass rush over that span. As for the Ticats defense, they've been stellar this season, the second-best pass defense in the league and back-to-back weeks with an interception return for a touchdown.

The betting perspective on this game comes down to the trenches when Hamilton has the ball, the Ticats gave up six sacks when these teams met in Week 4. Hamilton won that contest 27-10 in Montreal despite the massive protection problems. Now action switches to Tim Hortons Field, where the Ticats haven't lost since the 2018 season.

Let's roll with the less than a field goal spread.

Pick: Hamilton -2.5

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