Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Montreal Alouettes CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/22/17

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Montreal Alouettes CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/22/17 Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Alouettes vs. Roughriders

CFL Football: Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Molson Stadium)

The Line: Alouettes -6.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes meet Thursday in CFL action at the Molson Stadium.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have pretty much nowhere to go but up after finishing 5-13 last year and losing their last three games of the season. The biggest question for Saskatchewan is finding a quarterback in Kevin Glenn, Brandon Bridge or Marquise Williams, as Darian Durant and Mitchell Gale are no longer on the team. Unless one of those guys can become a difference maker, it's going to be a long season for Saskatchewan. The good news for the offense as a whole is that there are weapons to help whoever wins the starting job, including 1,000-yard wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt, Ricky Collins Jr., who had 48 catches last season, and explosive running back Greg Morris. Defensively, the lost their three top tacklers from last season but does have a pair of quality defensive backs Ed Gainey and Mike Edmen to hold down the fort.

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The Montreal Alouettes hope to take another step forward after finishing 7-11 last season and winning their last three games. Montreal’s offense should get a boost with QB Darian Durant, who is a two-time Grey Cup champion and threw for more than 3,800 yards last season. He’ll have a lot of weapons around him with Nik Lewis, Sam Giguère and Brandon Rutley all returning after being key contributors for the team a year ago. Having a consistent and reliable quarterback such as Durant makes Montreal an intriguing team heading into the new season. Defensively, linebacker Kyries Hebert returns after leading the Alouettes with 78 tackles, John Bowman is back after a 10-sack season and Jonathon Mincy should be able to build on a successful season.

The Roughriders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in June and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Alouettes are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Roughriders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Montreal, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the under is 16-4-1 in the last 21 meetings in Montreal.

The Montreal Alouettes want to get off to a strong start and have a great chance to do so now that they have a quarterback. For this game, it helps that Durant played for Saskatchewan last season, so he knows a lot of those guys and should be able to take advantage of that. The Roughriders have done a good job of covering games despite losses, but it's going to be tough hanging around in this game on the road when the offense can't score. I like Montreal to get the victory and the cover to start the season.

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Randy’s Pick Montreal Alouettes -6.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.