Here's Johnny! Manziel Gets Shot to Boost Alouettes' Anemic Offense

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:13 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2018 7:13 PM UTC

Former Heisman Trophy-winning QB Johnny Manziel will make his first start since being acquired by Montreal this season, and he'll do it against the team that traded him to the Alouettes.

<h2 style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">CFL Betting Pick of the Week:</h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Game Odds">Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Montreal Alouettes</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free CFL Pick: Under 50</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3478721, "sportsbooksIds":[19,999996,238,169,1096], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Hamilton started the season with Jeremiah Masoli as its starting quarterback despite adding former Cleveland Browns signal caller Johnny Manziel to the roster. Masoli’s early play led to a recent trade that sent Manziel to Montreal. While Masoli’s numbers have been impressive with 1,914 yards passing in his first six games, he has tossed only five touchdowns against six interceptions. In Friday's matchup he'll see a familiar face across the field, as Montreal announced Tuesday that Manziel will move into the starter's role against his former team.</p><p>The Alouettes were the worst team in the CFL last season with three SU wins, and they have lost five of their first six games this year while going 2-4 ATS. The total has stayed "under" in four of the six games behind an offense that has posted a grand total of 92 points. This unit has yet to score more than 23 points in any of the six games.</p><p>The switch to Manziel should be a step in the right direction to turn things around, but it could take some time given his lack of experience in this league as well as the long layoff from playing at all.</p><p><a href="" title="Live CFL Odds">The Tiger-Cats are 2-4 both SU and ATS</a>, with the total staying "under" in four of their first six games behind an offense that is averaging 21.8 points per game. With last week’s 21-15 loss to Ottawa as six-point home favorites, they have lost their last three games SU closing as favorites.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🚨BREAKING NEWS🚨&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@MTLAlouettes&lt;/a&gt; have named &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@JManziel2&lt;/a&gt; their starting QB for their Week 8 matchup with the &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Ticats&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Manziel&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CFL&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#AlsMTL&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— CFL (@CFL) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 31, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Head-to-Head Betting Trends</h2><p>The total has stayed "under" in six of the last eight meetings in this head-to-head East Division clash. It has also stayed "under" in eight of the last 11 meetings in Montreal.</p><p> </p><h2>Free CFL Pick</h2><p>Manziel could add some more excitement to a matchup between two teams with losing records in the East, but I do not think his play will have a major impact on the final score. <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">The 50 points is too generous of a total line to pass up</a> a play on the "under."</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Other Week 8 Games</h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Game Odds">Ottawa RedBlacks (-5) at Toronto Argonauts</a></h2><p><strong>When: </strong>Thursday, 7 p.m. <strong>Total Line:</strong> 48.5<br /><strong>Analysis:</strong> At 4-2 SU with a 3-3 record ATS, the RedBlacks are the only team in the East with a winning record. Toronto has sunk to 1-5 SU with a 2-4 record and its issues at quarterback are going to make it tough to cover even with the five points at home.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Game Odds">Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos (-8)</a></h2><p><strong>When:</strong> Thursday, 10 p.m. <strong>Total Line: </strong>53<br /><strong>Analysis:</strong> This should be a good test for the Roughriders after coming up well short in last week’s game against the best team in the CFL. Edmonton (4-2 SU, 2-4 ATS) has shook off some early season rust on defense and Mike Reilly is playing at a very high level at quarterback. This combination should help the Eskimos cover at home.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Game Odds">British Columbia Lions at Calgary Stampeders (-11.5)</a></h2><p><strong>When: </strong>Saturday, 9 p.m. <strong>Total Line: </strong>52<br /><strong>Analysis: </strong>BC comes off a bye week at 2-3 SU with a 3-2 record ATS. Despite the added rest, they do not have the horses to run with the Stampeders on the scoreboard in this West Division tilt. Chalk up another double-digit victory by going chalk on Calgary SU and ATS.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Week 7 Review</h2><p>Last week in the CFL, the favorites were the best bet with a 3-1 record straight-up and against the spread. Calgary has been the top team this season both on the field and at <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a>, and I rode that trend last week in my top CFL pick with the Stampeders topping Saskatchewan SU and ATS to bring home another winner.</p>
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