Alouettes (3-6) vs. Redblacks (3-6-1)
CFL Football: Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Molson Stadium)
The Line: Alouettes PK -- Over/Under: 51 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Ottawa Redblacks and Montreal Alouettes meet Thursday in CFL action at Molson Stadium.
The Ottawa Redblacks look for another victory after splitting their last six games. The Ottawa Redblacks are 1-3 on the road this season. Trevor Harris is completing 70.3 percent of his passes for 3,188 yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions. Harris has five touchdown passes in his last five games. Greg Ellingson and Brad Sinopoli have combined for 1,672 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Diontae Spencer has 34 receptions. The Ottawa Redblacks ground game is averaging 76.7 yards per contest, and William Powell leads the way with 305 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Ottawa is allowing 27.1 points and 413.9 yards per game. Taylor Reed leads the Ottawa Redblacks with 47 tackles, Avery Ellis has four sacks and Antoine Pruneau has two interceptions.
The Montreal Alouettes could use a win here after losing four of their last five games. The Montreal Alouettes are 3-2 at home this season. Darian Durant is completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,386 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Durant has five touchdown passes in his last three games played. B.J. Cunningham and Ernest Jackson have combined for 1,132 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Nik Lewis has 53 receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is averaging 103.8 yards per contest, and Tyrell Sutton leads the way with 402 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Montreal is allowing 25.7 points and 394.2 yards per game. Kyries Hebert leads the Montreal Alouettes with 61 tackles, John Bowman has five sacks and Jonathon Mincy has one interception.
The RedBlacks are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in August and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Alouettes are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games, 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games and 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The RedBlacks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Ottawa has won six of the last seven meetings against Montreal and has been a covering machine on the road dating back the last couple of years. The Montreal Alouettes are just in full struggle mode right now and haven't been any better against the number where they've covered just five of their last 17 at home. Usually I side with the home team in a pick em game, but there's simply no reason to take Montreal here given its play and the trends. I have to take the Redblacks even if it feels like a sucker bet.