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  • Writer's pictureKyle Melo

The Betting Perspective - SSK @ MTL

Saskatchewan @ Montreal (-1): TOTAL 46.5

In the final game of Week 13, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are in Montreal to face the Alouettes, riding high after solving their Stampeders problem last week.

Riders quarterback Cody Fajardo welcomed receiver Duke Williams to the prairies, connecting with the former All-Star three times against Calgary for 48 yards. Williams has far too much talent to not make a difference for Craig Dickenson's squad. Also, Fajardo finally has a positive touchdown to interception ratio with his performance in Calgary. Now, unless the Lions can make up some ground, Saskatchewan will face the Stamps in the West-Semi, but the venue is still unknown for that inevitable playoff contest.

As for Montreal, the Matthew Shiltz story grabbed some serious headlines last week with a win over Toronto that knocked the Argos out of first place in the East division. Shiltz only racked up 212 yards in the 37-16 victory over the boatmen, but the quarterback did have two passing scores and more importantly, no interceptions. Running back William Stanback returned to the lineup with an emphatic punch, amassing 203 yards on the ground along a touchdown. As for the Als defense, they lead the CFL in sacks with 38 through ten games in 2021. And with the Riders up and down offensive line on the other side, it might be another big day for Montreal's pass rushing attack.

The betting line for this Week 13 contest sits at essentially a pick'em, with the Als trending as the favorite for this game. The Alouettes have struggled against the spread at home, the cover against Toronto ended a six game ATS skid.

The Riders have fared well against East teams this season, they're 3-0 straight up and have covered every one of those lines, although this will be the first time they're in enemy territory in a matchup versus the East.

Most CFL pundits believe newly acquired quarterback Trevor Harris will be the guy for the Als in the playoffs, so maybe this is the slipup for Shiltz.

Let's take the road Riders.

Pick: Saskatchewan +1

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