The Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders have played two very level Grey Cups in the last two seasons. It looks like the two are miles apart this year though, and CFL bettors will have a tough time when these two hook up at Percival Molson Stadium on Sunday night.
To say that the Roughriders have had a rough start to the season is a bit of an understatement. They are one of the two winless teams in the CFL, and there really hasn't been much to be proud of in any real facet of the game. Last week's 33-3 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was arguably the worst loss that this team has suffered in a number of years, not just because of the 30 point margin of victory, but because of the fact that it came against another team that was without a win on the year coming in. QB Darian Durant has always been up and down over the course of his career, but this was about as low as it got. He threw three picks on the day and only had nine completions, two of which came in the first half before giving way to Ryan Dinwiddie. The defense obviously wasn't a heck of a lot better, but the offense only had 53 yards during the whole first half -- fewer yards than what the Tabbies had on three individual drives in the half.
And then there are the Alouettes, who have had absolutely everything go according to plan thus far in their second straight title defense season. They've had three games go relatively easily, with the only hiccup being the fact that the BC Lions came back from down 24-3 to make a game out of it in the fourth quarter in the season opener. QB Anthony Calvillo has already broken the passing TD record for a career, something that many thought would have to wait until either this game or perhaps one or two more down the line. He has 10 scores on the season against just two picks, and he leads the league in passing with 1,038 yards. Defensively, there have been some struggles, but this is a unit that really could be in some issues without DB Jerald Brown, who was lost in the first week of the year with a season ending ankle injury. WR Jamel Richardson might miss yet another game this week with a quadriceps injury, and with Prechae Rodriguez and Kerry Watkins both nursing injuries as well, AC could have his work cut out for him.
There's a point that Montreal is going to come down just a notch, and there's also a point that the Riders are going to play better. Teams that start 0-4 don't generally make the postseason even when six of the eight teams get in. We're not so sure that Alouettes are going to drop this game SU, but we don't think that they have the guns to cover this type of a CFL line for the second time in three weeks. Take the points with the Roughriders +11.5.