Sports handicapper Ian Cameron provides a betting preview of Week 7 action in the Canadian Football League.
BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes
The BC Lions came out of last week's thriller against Calgary with injury added to insult of a blown lead and an OT loss--SIGNIFICANT injury and all of it on the defensive side of the football. Nose tackle Mic'hael Brooks (high ankle sprain), cornerback Brandon Stewart (ankle), safety Mike Edem (hamstring) and defensive ends Craig Roh (neck) and David Menard (hip flexor) became part of lengthening laundry list of injuries in the first half of Friday's game, requiring the Lions to patch and fill the holes on the fly and exhaust the players that remained. All of the injured are expected to miss Thursday's game against the Alouettes and that is in addition to the injury to cornerback T.J. Lee who is out for the season and all of those injuries leave this defense (a very good one when healthy) in a bit of a tough spot and we saw the effects against Calgary as the defense got gassed and struggled late due to the lack of bodies. Montreal's offense finally got in gear last week hanging over 40 points against Saskatchewan at home.
It should provide a confident boost to QB Kevin Glenn and the entire Als offense and they might be able to have their 2nd straight solid offensive game here against what has become a battered and bruised BC defense loaded with cluster injuries everywhere. On the flip side, the BC offense has had B2B breakout games against Saskatchewan and Calgary scoring 40+ points in each of the last two games and QB Jonathon Jennings, a dual threat QB, is finally starting to grow in confidence and finding great chemistry with receivers like Emmanuel Arceneaux, Bryan Burnham and Shawn Gore.
The Alouettes defense hasn't faced a ton of good offensive teams yet this season outside of Ottawa when they were gashed for 30 points. I think of these two teams usually as Under teams (which is why this total is one of the lowest of the week) but with BC's massive amount of cluster injuries on defense and their improving offense along with Montreal's offense finally getting their act together last week, I think this game sets up as having a few more points in it than games involving these teams normally would making the Over here worth a wager for your betting pick. The Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between the Lions and Alouettes here in Montreal with betting odds at 50 -110.
Free CFL Pick: Over 50 -110
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CFL POW Record: 3-3 50%