Montreal Alouettes (1-6) vs. Ottawa Redblacks (4-3)
CFL Football: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm (TD Place Stadium)
The Line: Ottawa Redblacks -14 -- Over/Under: 49.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa Redblacks meet Saturday in CFL action at TD Place Stadium.
The Montreal Alouettes need a victory here in order to rebound from a brutal 1-6 record. The Montreal Alouettes have lost 10 of their last 11 road games. Johnny Manziel is completing 55 percent of his passes for 104 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions. Manziel enters this game with 20 pass attempts under his belt. B.J. Cunningham and Chris Williams have combined for 575 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Tyrell Sutton has 26 receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is averaging 84.1 yards per contest, and Sutton leads the way with 323 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Montreal is allowing 34.6 points and 434.7 yards per game. Chris Ackie leads the Montreal Alouettes with 43 tackles, Jesse Joseph has one sack and Branden Dozier has two interceptions.
The Ottawa Redblacks look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season after winning three of their last five games. The Ottawa Redblacks have won two of their last three home games. Trevor Harris is completing 66.3 percent of his passes for 1,887 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Harris has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games. Brad Sinopoli and Greg Ellingson have combined for 1,014 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Diontae Spencer has 32 receptions. The Ottawa Redblacks ground game is averaging 84.1 yards per contest, and William Powell leads the way with 504 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Ottawa is allowing 24 points and 381 yards per game. Antoine Pruneau leads the Ottawa Redblacks with 30 tackles, Michael Wakefield has three sacks and Rico Murray has three interceptions.
The Alouettes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in August, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The RedBlacks are 7-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. East and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Alouettes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Ottawa, 1-10 ATS in their last 11 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
I'm simply not laying two touchdowns with an Ottawa Redblacks squad that blew a 24-point lead last week in the second half. I just can't do it. However, the Montreal Alouettes are easily the worst team in the league and have been getting blown out left and right. You know things are bad when you lose by 39 points at home to a subpar Hamilton side. So, I'm taking the over in this game. Ottawa has been an explosive offensive team this season and Montreal has allowed 44 or more points in three of its seven games. The Redblacks could easily get close to this total by themselves. Give me the over.