• Kyle Melo

The Betting Perspective - MTL @ OTT

Montreal (-7) @ Ottawa: TOTAL 43

The fifth week of the Canadian Football League season kicks off Labour Day Weekend festivities Friday night as the Montreal Alouettes invade the nation’s capital to battle the Ottawa Redblacks.

The Alouettes come into action this week at 1-2 on the season after a lackluster performance at home against the Tiger-Cats last week. Montreal quarterback Vernon Adams Jr needs a bounce back after only throwing for 171 yards with a concerning 52 percent passing efficiency. The Alouettes only mustered 70 rushing yards in the game versus Hamilton, leading to an overly aggressive passing attack that came up empty far too often. On the other side of the ball, the Als defense allowed almost 150 rushing yards to a Hamilton offense with a suspect line up front. However, a positive from the loss was Montreal sacked Dane Evans six times in Week 4 and Ottawa’s offensive line sits tied for the most sacks given up in the CFL with 13 through three games.

It may be a long day for Matt Nichols.

The Ottawa Redblacks come into their Labour Day game with less solutions to solve their offensive woes than after a loss to the Riders in Week 3. The Redblacks sit dead last in passing yards, rushing yards, first downs, touchdowns, points – you get the point. Contrary to the norm, the issue is not at the quarterback position for the Redblacks, Matt Nichols is struggling but he is far from the problem. Backup Dominique Davis leaves little argument to get playing time after his very disappointing 2019 season. Davis threw 14 interceptions and only five touchdowns two years ago, leading to him being replaced multiple times through the season. Ottawa’s defense have the ability to make game-changing plays but carrying an anchor for an entire year is an impossible task.

We’re going to have to get comfortable breaking down Ottawa games and seeing betting lines we deem as ridiculous but the Alouettes laying a touchdown on the road isn’t one of those lines. The madness might ensue later in the season if the Redblacks struggles continue and they’re on the road against a top team in the CFL. Regardless, Montreal is clearly the better football, with an offense stifled by a fully healthy, finally put-together Ticats secondary in Week 4.

The Alouettes have something to prove this week, that the turnaround in 2019 wasn’t a flash in the pan, it was a start of new era of football in Montreal.

Take the Als with the points.

Pick: Montreal -7

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