Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Montreal Alouettes
|Date & Time||Thursday July 4, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Alouettes +12.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes meet Thursday in CFL action at Molson Stadium.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look for another victory build on their surprising 3-0 start to the season. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have split their last eight road games. Jeremiah Masoli is completing 72.2 percent of his passes for 924 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Masoli has at least one touchdown pass in 15 of his last 17 games. Brandon Banks and Bralon Addison have combined for 578 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Sean Thomas Erlington has 11 receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 112 yards per contest, and Erlington leads the way with 224 yards on 32 carries. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 13.7 points and 350.7 yards per game. Simoni Lawrence leads the Tiger-Cats with 16 tackles, Ja'Gared Davis has three sacks and Mike Daly has one interception.
The Montreal Alouettes look for their first win of the season when they make their home debut. The Montreal Alouettes have lost six of their last eight home games. Vernon Adams is completing 61.8 percent of his passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Adams and Matt Shiltz have combined for 371 passing yards this season. B.J. Cunningham and DeVier Posey have combined for 258 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Geno Lewis has three receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is averaging 130.5 yards per contest, and William Stanback leads the way with 154 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Montreal is allowing 36.5 points and 568.5 yards per game. Patrick Levels leads the Montreal Alouettes with 14 tackles, Taylor Loffler has one pass deflection and Greg Reid has two interceptions.
The Tiger-Cats are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 road games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Alouettes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-11 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Montreal and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 10-4 in Alouettes last 14 games in July. The over is 10-4 in Tiger-Cats last 14 games overall.
The Montreal Alouettes are picking up where they left off last season with just awful play on both sides of the ball. Yes, playing the Tiger-Cats back-to-back weeks should help them make adjustments and maybe keep the game competitive but we just saw them lose by 31 points despite having an extra week to prepare. Being at home should also be an edge, but we saw Montreal lose six of its last eight home games and the Tiger-Cats beat them by 39 points in the last meeting at Molson Stadium. I have no choice but to eat the chalk based on what we've seen from both teams up to this point.