Week 6 of the CFL betting campaign gets underway on Thursday night at Rogers Centre in Toronto, where the Toronto Argonauts will play host to the Montreal Alouettes.
Something is definitely, definitely wrong with the Alouettes right now. QB Anthony Calvillo probably isn't 100% healthy, which is bad, bad news going forward for a team that really relies on its star to shoulder the load. AC went just 23-of-45 in a loss against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and it seems like a bit of a travesty that his 356 yards were gone to waste. The reality is that most quarterbacks with this receiving corps should be throwing for at least 300 yards on a regular basis. SJ Green, Jamel Richardson, Kerry Watkins, and Brian Bratton are all starters on any team in the league if given the chance. The question is whether RB Brandon Whitaker is really going to be able to carry the load. He didn't have a single catch against the Ti-Cats in Week 5, and he only rushed for 30 yards, the type of numbers which last year's starter, RB Avon Cobourne never had. Of course, the defense has now had back to back awful weeks, which isn't helping matters any either. Have the champs hit a brick wall, or are they just hitting a lull? That's what's still left to be determined.
Things for the Argonauts aren't great right now, as they could be three games back of the rest of the field in the East Division if they lose this game on Thursday night. We still don't know what the situation is with QB Cleo Lemon, as he is still dealing with a tooth injury that kept him out of last week's game. We know that QB Steven Jyles is already on the shelf for another four games as well, which really only leaves the man who struggled so badly last week, QB Dalton Bell to take snaps. Bell threw for 156 yards with two picks, and of his 17 completions, only one went for more than 16 yards. What we do know is that last week's loss is one that is not easily going to be forgotten. The Boatmen had the undefeated Edmonton Eskimos dead to rights but blew a 17-1 lead and failed on a 57 yard field goal to win the game with the final seconds leaving the clock. The only bright spot was once again rookie RB Chad Kackert, who rolled for 139 yards and two TDs on 20 carries.
All of the early action has been on Toronto in this one, but history says that we have to strike with Montreal. The Als are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 meetings with the Argos, including dominating this series last year. AC won't complete right around 50 percent of his passes again in this one. Stick with the Alouettes -4.