Eastern Division rivals will duke it out in the home opener for the Montreal Alouettes, as they take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday night's lone CFL betting battle.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-2, 1-2 ATS) - Give the Tabbies some credit for coming up with the best defensive performance of the season by any team in Week 3. Facing the prospects of dropping to 0-3, Hamilton crushed one of the most potent offenses in the league in a 28-7 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. A shutout seemed like a legitimate possibility even into the fourth quarter, but missing out on the chance for a goal line stand blew the perfect game. Offensively speaking, the Ti-Cats had a stupendous game. QB Kevin Glenn threw for 336 yards and three TDs. He also completed 29-of-36 passes, raising his CFL best completion percentage to an even 70.0 percent. WR Dave Stala had his best game of the season, catching nine passes for 124 yards. RB DeAndra Cobb might have had his best rushing game of the year at 53 yards and a score, but he is still the only starting running back in the league that has yet to record 60+ yards in a game on the season.
Montreal Alouettes (2-1, 1-2 ATS) - Montreal becomes the final team to open up its home schedule this year, and that has to be considered miserable news for the rest of the CFL. The Alouettes have already survived three of the most difficult road trips the league has to offer, and now that nine of its final 15 games are going to be at home, there is little hope for anyone else to win the East Division. Montreal's offense put up fantastic yardage numbers against the BC Lions last week, totaling 380. QB Anthony Calvillo had another "AC" type of day, going 30-of-47 for 297 yards without making a blunder. Once again, he spread the ball around well to eight different receivers. RB Avon Cobourne had his best game of the season, rushing for 79 yards on 13 carries. Notice one stat missing, though? The Alouettes didn't have a single major score on the day. Four K David Duval field goals, a safety touch, and a pair of singles accounted for the 16 Montreal points in a 16-12 win at Empire Field. Obviously, the defense was key, as the unit forced three turnovers, picked up two sacks, and held the Leos to 231 total yards of offense.
The 'under' is probably the way to go in this one. Betting on the spread is far too risky, as the Tabbies have already been bet down from +9.5 to +7 in most sportsbooks. Both of these defenses are coming off of fantastic games, and with Hamilton struggling to move the ball on the ground and Montreal not hitting its stride in the red zone, plenty of drives could bog down in this one.
Selection: Hamilton/Montreal under 53 at BetCanadian