Edmonton Eskimos (3-2) vs. Montreal Alouettes (1-4)
CFL Football: Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Molson Stadium)
The Line: Montreal Alouettes +8.5 -- Over/Under: 48 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes meet Thursday in CFL action at Molson Stadium.
The Edmonton Eskimos are coming off a bye and have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Edmonton Eskimos have won four of their last five road games. Mike Reilly is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 1,648 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Reilly has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last 11 games. D'haquille Williams and Derel Walker have combined for 942 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Kenny Stafford has 21 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 100 yards per contest, and CJ Gable leads the way with 331 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 25 points and 374 yards per game. J.C. Sherritt leads the Edmonton Eskimos with 26 tackles, Kwaku Boateng has two sacks and Monshadrik Hunter has one interception.
The Montreal Alouettes look for their first home victory of the season to rebound from a brutal 1-4 record. The Montreal Alouettes haven’t won a home game since August 11 of last year. Drew Willy is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 566 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Willy and Jeff Mathews have combined for four touchdown passes and two interceptions this season. Chris Williams and B.J. Cunningham have combined for 534 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Tyrell Sutton has 21 receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is averaging 56.2 yards per contest, and Sutton leads the way with 223 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Montreal is allowing 29.6 points and 401.8 yards per game. Chris Ackie leads the Montreal Alouettes with 36 tackles, Jabar Westerman has three sacks and Branden Dozier has one interception.
The Eskimos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a bye week and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Alouettes are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games, 1-10 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Eskimos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Montreal, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the over is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings.
Edmonton has won each of the last eight games against Montrea and have covered seven of those contests. However, the Eskimos have failed to cover nine of their last 10 games when favored by at least seven points. The Montreal Alouettes have been awful this season and are easily the worst team in the league, but they have covered two of their last three games as an underdog. This should also be a packed house considering Johnny Manziel is expected to play. There's going to be energy in Montreal for once. I'll take a stab with the points here.