Montreal Alouettes (1-7) vs. Edmonton Eskimos (5-3)
CFL Football: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Commonwealth Stadium)
The Line: Edmonton Eskimos -16.5 -- Over/Under: 52 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Montreal Alouettes and Edmonton Eskimos meet Saturday in CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium.
The Montreal Alouettes could use a feel good victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Montreal Alouettes have lost three of their last four road games. Johnny Manziel is completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 272 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions. Manziel enters this game with 46 pass attempts under his belt. B.J. Cunningham and Tyrell Sutton have combined for 612 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Chris Williams has 15 receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is averaging 86.5 yards per contest, and Sutton leads the way with 386 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Montreal is allowing 33.2 points and 455.5 yards per game. Chris Ackie leads the Montreal Alouettes with 48 tackles, Jesse Joseph has two sacks and Branden Dozier has two interceptions.
The Edmonton Eskimos look to stay hot after winning four of their last six games. The Edmonton Eskimos have won three straight home games. Mike Reilly is completing 66 percent of his passes for 2,662 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Reilly has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. D'haquille Williams and Derel Walker have combined for 1,493 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Kenny Stafford has 33 receptions. The Edmonton Eskimos ground game is averaging 94.9 yards per contest, and CJ Gable leads the way with 532 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Edmonton is allowing 24.8 points and 356.1 yards per game. J.C. Sherritt leads the Edmonton Eskimos with 45 tackles, Kwaku Boateng has five sacks and Monshadrik Hunter has one interception.
The Alouettes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in August, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Eskimos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in August and 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Alouettes are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the over is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings.
The Montreal Alouettes are easily the worst team in the CFL, and the addition of Manziel hasn't helped much, as he still hasn't thrown a touchdown in two games. Everybody is treating the Alouettes like a punching bag this season and Edmonton did win the game back in July by 21 points. However, laying more than two touchdowns with an Edmonton Eskimos squad that's outscoring teams by just 2.8 points this season and 2.5 points at home, it doesn't seem wise. The Alouettes hung around with Ottawa last week and should be able to do the same as long as they take care of the football. Give me the points.