BC Lions at Montreal Alouettes (+2, 52.5)
4:30PM Friday, 31 August, TSN
The rest of the CFL needs to stand and take notice. The Alouettes are gaining traction after a slippery start to the season, winning three straight including a 31-29 victory over Hamilton last week.
Montreal kicker Sean Whyte booted a go-ahead field goal with nine seconds remaining to give the Als some momentum heading into this huge East-vs.-West showdown.
The Lions come into Friday with a ton of steam as well, having won four in a row after knocking off Winnipeg, 20-17, with a last-second field of their own. Paul McCallum split the uprights with just one tick remaining on the clock to edge the Bombers last Friday.
Week 10’s premier contest pits the Als’ potent pass attack of QB Anthony Calvillo and blossoming WR S.J. Green against B.C.’s stingy defense, which is allowing just 227.1 passing yards per game – tops in the CFL.
The last time these two giants collided, the Lions embarrassed the Alouettes 43-1 and limited Calvillo to just 9-for-17 passing and 63 yards, sacking the veteran pivot four times on November 5, 2011. BC is going with a similar game plan Friday, knowing the best way to beat Montreal is to get to the Als’ star passer early and often.
The Lions have dominated this matchup in recent years – at least from a betting standpoint. BC is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 trips to Montreal and boasts a 21-6 ATS mark in their last 27 head-to-head meetings.