They add an extra ‘U’, but just like here the US it’s ‘Labour Day’ up North in Canada and they’ve got a pair of CFL games on tap. No interest in the late game between Edmonton and Calgary but we’ve got a play in the early matchup between East rivals Montreal and Hamilton as we try to build on our 18-5 ATS record in the CFL so far this season.
MONTREAL ALOUETTES AT HAMILTON TIGER-CATS 10:00 AM PACIFIC
A matchup of teams each coming off a loss starts the Monday CFL betting menu as the Montreal Alouettes visit Ivor Wynne Stadium to face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Montreal’s loss was prototypical Als’ football—Anthony Calvillo and the offense put plenty of points on the board but the defense didn’t do its part en route to a 38-31 home loss to the Calgary Stampeders. Calvillo threw for 369 yards with three touchdowns against one interception in that game. Hamilton lost on the road at Winnipeg 30-27 leaving the Ti-Cats 0 for 2 against the Blue Bombers in the 2011 season.
This game is important for both teams in terms of the East standings—Montreal is trying to run down red hot Winnipeg and have a chance to pick up a game on the Blue Bombers who lost to Saskatchewan on Sunday. Hamilton is in third place with a 4-4 record but a victory here would get them over the ‘Mendoza line’ and leave them tied with Montreal for second place. The Ti-Cats have won the last two meetings with the Als on their home field, most recently a 34-26 win on July 29.
Hamilton’s Kevin Glenn may not be quite at the ‘legend’ status of the Als’ Calvillo but he’s been in good form as well and for that reason we anticipate plenty of points in this game. Montreal’s defense—particularly their pass defense—is mediocre at best. Things got even worse this week with a knee injury to cornerback Mark Estelle who was the most competent member of the Als’ coverage unit (current prognosis has him out for the rest of the regular season with a return for the playoffs a possibility). At the same time, however, the Ti-Cats pass coverage isn’t exceptional either. Assuming that the Montreal offensive line can give Calvillo time to work—and they usually do—there’s no one better in the CFL at picking apart a suspect secondary.
We’ll lean to the visitors in this matchup but hate to lay points on the road. Furthermore, we’re mindful of Hamilton’s impressive 17-8 ATS record as an underdog since 2009. The best position here should be the Over as we look for a high scoring shootout between two of the best quarterbacks in the CFL.
Bet Montreal/Hamilton Over 55
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