BC Lions vs Montreal Alouettes
September 9, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Montreal Alouettes +3 / BC Lions -3
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The BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes meet Friday in week 14 CFL action at Molson Stadium. The BC Lions look to build on their 8-2 record. The Montreal Alouettes need a win after losing 5 of their last 8 games.
The BC Lions have won all 4 road games this season. Nathan Rourke is completing 79.2 percent of his passes for 3,281 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Dominique Rhymes and Lucky Whitehead have combined for 1,679 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, while Keon Hatcher has 44 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 94.6 yards per contest, and James Butler leads the way with 467 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 20.8 points and 318.7 yards per game. Jordan Williams leads the BC Lions with 43 tackles, Mathieu Betts has 7 sacks and Garry Peters has 3 interceptions.
The Montreal Alouettes have lost 3 of their last 4 home games. Trevor Harris is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 2,578 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Eugene Lewis and Reggie White Jr. have combined for 1,484 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, while Kaon Julien-Grant has 19 receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is averaging 87.6 yards per contest, and Jeshrun Antwi leads the way with 446 yards on 75 carries. Defensively, Montreal is allowing 28.3 points and 375.9 yards per game. Wes Sutton leads the Montreal Alouettes with 52 tackles, Michael Wakefield has 4 sacks and Marc-Antoine Dequoy has 3 interceptions.
The Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Alouettes are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games and 6-18 ATS in their last 24 Friday games. The over is 11-4-1 in Lions last 16 games overall. The over is 7-2 in Alouettes last 9 games overall. The Lions are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Montreal and 32-10 ATS in their last 42 meetings.
This line is rather strange, as the BC Lions have been the best team in the league for much of the season, and they’ve had an extra week to prepare for this contest. The Montreal Alouettes have had issues finishing games all year, and they’re below average on both sides of the ball. Yes, BC is banged up and that’s likely playing a role into the line, but I’d need more points to consider the Alouettes. Give me BC and the soft line.