First place in the East will be on the line on Thursday night as the Toronto Argonauts invade Percival Molson Stadium to duke it out with the Montreal Alouettes in CFL betting action.
Toronto Argonauts (3-1, 3-1 ATS) - No one figured that the Argonauts would go on a three game winning streak at any point over the course of the regular season this year, but that's where they find themselves. This is a tough team to believe in right now, as the offense still looks lackluster at best at times. When QB Cleo Lemon is called upon to throw the football, it is still anyone's guess what's going to happen. Last week was the perfect example, as he threw a pair of TD passes, a pair of picks, and completed 19-of-28 passes for 222 yards. The receivers have to have a hard time getting into the game right now, as there isn't a wide out that ranks in the Top 20 in receiving yards this year. Andre Durie led the team last week with five receptions, and his 13 for the year make him the top Boatman. The real horse in last week's 24-20 win over the BC Lions was RB Corey Boyd. Boyd had his second straight massive game, rushing for 148 yards on 19 carries to lead the Double Blue to victory.
Montreal Alouettes (3-1, 2-2 ATS) - Montreal beat the snot out of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last weekend to keep its spot atop the East Division at 3-1 as well. Though the game was never really in much doubt, HC Marc Trestman would love to see some of his team's field goal opportunities converted into majors. Seven David Duval field goals did account for three TDs worth of scores, but the truth of the matter is that some of those drives really should have been cashed in. Save the first game of the year against Saskatchewan, the Alouettes just haven't felt like they've been in rhythm for complete drives over the course of the entire season. QB Anthony Calvillo is racking up his yards, just as he did last week when he threw for 310 yards and two scores, and the receivers are all getting their work in, but there is still clearly something wrong. Perhaps if RB Avon Cobourne touched the ball more than eight times on the ground for 55 yards, the offense would have ultimately performed better.
Toronto has clearly played above its head this year, while Montreal has still played under its abilities. If things had gone according to plan over the first month of the season, the Alouettes would probably have been favored by a solid three TDs in this one. As it is, the oddsmakers tried their best to keep this spread as even as possible. We know better. Montreal is a significantly better team, and it should show it on Wednesday night with a dominating victory.
Selection: Montreal Alouettes -9.5 at BetCanadian