It's Canada Day in the Great White North, and that can only mean that CFL betting action is finally here! The Montreal Alouettes will open up their title defense against the team that handed them the championship a year ago, the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Montreal Alouettes (15-3, 11-7 ATS in 2009) - The Alouettes enter the 2010 CFL betting campaign with high hopes and a team that hopes to come back to win yet another Grey Cup. QB Anthony Calvillo looks like a legitimate ageless wonder on the field, as he has thrown for a whopping 63,322 yards and 354 touchdown passes in his illustrious career. Over the L/2 seasons, at the ages of 36 and 37 respectively, AC has thrown for 10,272 yards and 69 touchdowns. His crop of receivers from an offense that ranked #1 in the CFL at 380.7 yards per game is back in its entirety, as is leading rusher RB Avon Cobourne, who scampered for 1,213 yards a year ago. Defensive, the Als also ranked first in the league, allowing just 298.2 yards and 18.0 points per game in 2009. DE Gavin Walls joins the starting 12 in place of the departed Keron Williams. The only other questions entering the '10 season is how former starting C Brian Chiu and starting DB Davis Sanchez will be replaced.
Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-6-1, 8-8 ATS in 2009) - The Roughriders came just one blown play away from winning the Grey Cup a year ago, but they are going to have rebound and do so quickly coming into 2010, as this is another year in which the team has a legitimate chance to claim glory. In just two short seasons, QB Darian Durant has gone from the goat of the Sea of Green in Regina to a legitimate hero. The North Carolina product threw for 4,348 yards and rushed for another 501 last season, his first full year as a starter at this level, and he totaled 27 touchdowns. Yes, throwing 21 picks needs to be improved, but Durant did a great job down the stretch in the regular season last year, throwing nine tuddies against three picks in his final five games. A defensive line which terrorized quarterbacks last season has really been dismantled in the offseason, as both DE Stevie Baggs and DL John Chick are no longer with the team. Look for long time CFL veteran KR Dominique Dorsey to provide a real spark in the return game this year as well.
The good news for the Alouettes is that they clearly have the better side in this game. The bad news is that Mosaic Stadium is the toughest place to play football in this league, and the Riders are going to probably provide the most difficult challenge of the entire season to their title defense. Trust us that there will only be 12 men on the field in every kicking situation in this game for the men clad in green, as they start off the season with an inspiring upset of the defending Grey Cup champs. Memories of the 28-27 loss in last season's Grey Cup will not be forgotten.
Selection: Saskatchewan Roughriders +3 at BetCanadian