Montreal Alouettes vs. B.C. Lions CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/19/14
B.C. Lions (1-2) vs. Montreal Alouettes (1-2)
CFL Football: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (BC Place)
The Line: Montreal Alouettes See the Latest Odds
The Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions will meet Saturday afternoon in a CFL showdown for the second time this season. The Alouettes crushed the Lions in their previous matchup, 24-9.
The Alouettes are coming off a tough loss against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a matchup were they fell one point short despite scoring 20 second half points. The Alouettes have to get better production out of quarterback Troy Smith, who is completing just 52 percent of his passes and has two interceptions to three touchdown passes. Right now, running back Brandon Whitaker is carrying the Alouettes offense that averages 338 yards and 21.7 points. Whitaker is averaging more than five yards per carry and has hauled in 10 passes for 60 yards. Defensively, the Alouettes allow 334 yards and 24 points. Defensive end John Bowman has come out on fire with four sacks under his belt, as he’s clearly building off of last year’s 11 quarterback drops.
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The Lions finally got in the win column last week with an impressive win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The difference in that game was a motivated Andrew Harris, who is now averaging 5.6 yards per rush and has 167 receiving yards. If he can continue to play at a high level, the Lions are going places. Still, quarterback Kevin Glenn has to limit the turnovers, as he threw six combined interceptions in the first two games. Glenn threw no interceptions in the Lions win, which will have to be the case again if they have a shot in this matchup. Overall, the Lions average 309 yards and 18.3 points offensively. Defensively, the Lions allow 335 yards and 21.3 points, and are led by two of the league’s top tacklers in Adam Bighill and Solomon Elimimian.
The Alouettes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Lions are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 4 and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Alouettes are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 meetings in BC.
This game is really a toss-up because both teams are up-and-down and really relying on their running backs to carry their offense while the quarterback tries and figures things out. That's why I'm taking the road dog and the points. I think this game comes down to the wire and will be won by a field goal or so.