Blue Bombers vs. Alouettes
CFL Football: Friday, June 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Investors Group Field)
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The Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers open the 2016 CFL season Friday night at Investors Group Field.
The Montreal Alouettes look for a bounce back season after a 6-12 record and missing the playoffs for the first time since 1986. Kevin Glenn takes over at quarterback after completing 67 percent of his passes for 756 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Tyrell Sutton remains at running back after racking up more than 1,000 yards and five touchdowns. S.J. Green and Brandon Rutley combined for more than 1,500 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Samuel Giguère had 16 receptions. Defensively, the Montreal Alouettes finished last season with 55 sacks and 17 interceptions. Winston Venable returns after 104 tackles, John Bowman had 19 sacks and Jovon Johnson had five interceptions.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers also look for a bounce back performance after a rough 5-13 season and a handful of injuries. Drew Willy returns at quarterback after completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 1,434 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Andrew Harris remains at running back after racking up 1,309 yards and seven touchdowns. Ryan Smith and Weston Dressler combined for more than 1,900 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Darvin Adams had 61 receptions and five touchdowns. Defensively, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers finished last season with 46 sacks and 21 interceptions. Khalil Bass led the Blue Bombers with 102 tackles, Jamaal Westerman had 17 sacks and Johnny Adams had six interceptions.
The Alouettes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 1 and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Blue Bombers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 1 and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in June. The Alouettes are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 meetings.
The Blue Bombers have beaten the Alouettes in five of the last six meetings and are now healthier than they were last season with Willy back under center. At home, this is a game Winnipeg should be able to win.