BC Lions (4-6) vs. Montreal Alouettes (3-8)
|Date & Time||Friday September 14, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Alouettes +3 -- Over/Under: 49.5
The BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes meet Friday in CFL action at Molson Stadium.
The BC Lions need a strong road victory here after losing four of their last six games. The BC Lions have lost all five road games this season. Travis Lulay is completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 1,804 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Jonathon Jennings and Lulay have combined for 11 touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season. Emmanuel Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham have combined for 1,079 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Ricky Collins has 39 receptions. The BC Lions ground game is averaging 90.4 yards per contest, and Jeremiah Johnson leads the way with 434 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, BC is allowing 25 points and 385.4 yards per game. T.J. Lee leads the BC Lions with 47 tackles, Odell Willis has eight sacks and Winston Rose has four interceptions.
The Montreal Alouettes look for a third straight victory to continue climbing out of their rough start. The Montreal Alouettes have lost three of their last four home games. Antonio Pipkin is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 762 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Pipkin enters this game with 84 career pass attempts under his belt. B.J. Cunningham and Eugene Lewis have combined for 985 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Ernest Jackson has 27 receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is averaging 90.1 yards per contest, and Sutton leads the way with 417 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Montreal is allowing 30.8 points and 444.2 yards per game. Henoc Muamba leads the Montreal Alouettes with 68 tackles, Jesse Joseph has three sacks and Branden Dozier has three interceptions.
The Lions are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Alouettes are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Friday games, 7-21 ATS in their last 28 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lions are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 meetings in Montreal, 29-9 ATS in their last 38 meetings and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Montreal.
The BC Lions have been playing better football this season and have won the last six meetings against the Montreal Alouettes. However, Montreal has turned its season around as of late and has had an extra week to prepare. The BC Lions also haven't been great on the road this season where they're being outscored by 11 points on the season. There's value with the Alouettes and the free field goal, especially with the improved defensive effort and back-to-back wins over Ottawa and Toronto. I'll take my chances with the home team here.