Week 7 of the CFL betting campaign gets underway on Thursday night at Percival Molson Stadium on the campus of McGill University, where the Montreal Alouettes will play host to the Edmonton Eskimos.
Give the Eskimos credit for the way that they started of their season at 5-0, but we just aren't so sure that they are any better than a mediocre team. Edmonton really flirted with fire against a bad Toronto Argonauts team at home two weeks ago, and it came back and laid an absolute egg on the road at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week in a 28-16 defeat that gave it its first loss of the campaign. QB Ricky Ray has looked lost of late, and he threw three picks and only had 226 passing yards in the loss last week. Now, he has to go against a Montreal offense that has given up a lot of yards and points, but really has the talent to be one of the best 'D's in the entire league. To make matters worse, WR Fred Stamps, the CFL's leading receiver, is out of action for at least the next month, which is going to mean a heck of a lot more work for WR Jason Barnes and the crew. Stamps is not only one of the most talented receivers in the league, but he is also the big time deep threat for Ray and an offense that loves to go aerial up the field. That might be taken away now with Stamps sitting in street clothes on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Montreal finally got back to look like its old self last week when it beat up the Argonauts by two TDs in a game that was never really all that close. The win kept the East Division favorites within a game of the first place Blue Bombers, a deficit that expects to be made up here shortly. QB Anthony Calvillo was coming off of back to back bad games in which he completed right around just 50 percent of his passes. He went 30-of-36 for 349 yards with a TD and no picks on the day in one of his best games of the year. Now, he is just five yards shy of throwing for 70,000 for his career, and he is only two TD passes short of 400. Both of these marks are absolutely illustrious, and you can bet that he is going to want to break these milestones early in front of the hometown crowd, a crowd which he has played in front of for over a decade. AC did a great job spreading the pigskin around last week, hitting SJ Green, Brian Bratton, Brandon Whitaker, Jamel Richardson, Brian London, and Kerry Carter four times apiece, and that doesn't even include a hardly heard from Kerry Watkins, who had just one catch for 16 yards. Whitaker ended the day with 150 rushing yards and 32 receiving yards.
There's just no way that we can back the Eskies in this one without Stamps. It's a lot of points to be laying against a division leader, but unlike Montreal, which we think is the legit Grey Cup favorite, the Eskimos just don't stand a chance of fending off the top teams in the West when it's said and done in all likelihood. Go with the Alouettes -6.5 @ Bookmaker Sportsbook