Week 2 of CFL betting action wraps up on Sunday night at Commonwealth Stadium, as the Edmonton Eskimos play host to the defending Grey Cup champs, the Montreal Alouettes.
Montreal Alouettes (0-1, 0-1 ATS) - It isn't often that you see the Alouettes blow a 21 point lead, but ultimately losing in Regina to the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week won't be the end of the world. Montreal is still the overwhelming favorite to win the Eastern Division this year and shouldn't face any challenges. We already know that its offense is fantastic. QB Anthony Calvillo threw for 368 yards and four scores on 28-of-42 passing in the defeat. He did a great job distributing the football as always, which is why his receivers love playing with him. All five of Kerry Watkins, Jamal Richardson, SJ Green, Brian Bratton, and Ben Cahoon had exactly five catches, and all five of them had at least 48 yards through the air. Watkins and Green were the TD scorers, as they each crossed the stripe for a major twice on the night. The rushing attack was lackluster with RB Avon Cobourne, who only ran for 39 yards and a TD. The defense was embarrassing, particularly in the second half, and that won't make HC Marc Trestman a happy camper. His team gave up 481 passing yards and another 179 on the ground. Only getting two sacks on 45 aerial plays isn't enough in this league to have success, particularly when your secondary is giving up over ten yards per pass attempt and almost 20 per completion.
Edmonton Eskimos (0-1, 0-1 ATS) - If the Eskies play for the rest of the season like they did in their opener, there is going to be no chance of the hosts of the Grey Cup to play in the game this year. QB Ricky Ray had a very not-Ricky Ray like performance last week against the BC Lions, completing just 27-of-40 passes for 229 yards. Considering the fact that he has arguably his best set of receivers ever assembled, one would like to think that Ray would be averaging more than 5.7 yards per attempt and 8.5 yards per completion. This is a man that flirts with 5,000 yards every single season in the CFL, and against a very suspect defense, 229 yards doesn't bode well for the future, particularly against an angry bunch of Alouettes. Defensively, the team could have allowed significantly more than the 25 points that they did to the Lions, but at least the team held firm in the red zone, holding K Paul McCallum to six field goals. The Eskies were put in those bad spots by their offense, which turned the ball over five times on the day, most of which came on downs.
Last year at Commonwealth, the Alouettes left town with a resounding 50-16 victory. Though that won't be the margin of victory on Sunday, expect to see a victory for the visitors, who badly need to get back on the right foot after the debacle at the end of the Saskatchewan game. In the end, there will be too many points on Montreal's side of the board for Edmonton to deal with.
Selection: Montreal Alouettes -5.5 at BetCanadian