The Betting Perspective - MTL @ OTT
Montreal (-5.5) @ Ottawa: TOTAL 46.5
Another Week 10 rematch kicks off in the nation's capital Saturday afternoon as the Alouettes are in town to battle the Redblacks.
Last week, the Alouettes came roaring back with Matthew Shiltz running the show at quarterback after Vernon Adams Jr was forced from the game with injury. Running back Cameron Artis-Payne scored the game-winning touchdown against Ottawa with 42 seconds remaining on the clock, to secure a 20-16 Montreal victory.
The Alouettes stomped the Redblacks in Ottawa 51-29 earlier this season, but it's no longer Vernon Adams Jr at quarterback for the next little while. Matthew Shiltz has never thrown for 200 yards in a game during his four-year career. The stakes for the Als in this contest couldn't be higher, the road is going to get really tough for Khari Jones' team moving forward, they play division leaders Toronto next week before three straight games against the top two teams in the West down the stretch of the season.
The Redblacks, at 2-7 are trying to grab some positive momentum heading into next season and Head Coach Paul LaPolice is evaluating quarterback Caleb Evans with every passing start. Evans threw for 125 yards on the holiday Monday, along with an interception. The game between the Als and Redblacks just days ago was a porous offensive performance, with both teams combining for just over 300 passing yards. Ottawa have shown glimmers of hope on both sides of the football, but they're once again fading after a second win over the Elks a few weeks ago.
The 5.5 point spread for the Als remains unchanged from the opening number, Montreal carry a 5-game against the spread run against the Redblacks in Ottawa.
A trend to look out for heading into this contest, Ottawa are on a seven-game ATS home losing streak against everybody not named Edmonton going back to 2019.
The betting decision for this game lies in the confidence in Matthew Shiltz, but with the Redblacks currently on a 1-9 ATS streak against the East, it's hard to pass up just 5.5 points with the road favorite.
However, Caleb Evans has shown the ability to make plays with both his arm and rushing ability, but has struggled to make enough of those plays to win games.
In this meeting, it just might take a few of those plays to get the job done.
Pick: Ottawa +5.5