CFL Free Picks: Tiger-Cats vs. Alouettes Betting Preview

David Schwab

Friday, October 18, 2013 6:56 PM GMT

The game is set to get underway at 10 a.m. (PT) and it will be broadcast in Canada on TSN. Let's have a sneak-peek at the betting lines and a free pick.


Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Montreal Alouettes
 

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Montreal Alouettes will battle it out this Sunday afternoon at Percival Molson Stadium in the first of a home-and-home series between these East Division foes. 

Hamilton Overview

Hamilton’s 24-18 victory over Toronto this past Monday keeps the door open for a possible East Division title. The Tiger-Cats are 8-7 both straight-up and against the spread on the year and just one game in back the Argonauts with three games to play. At the very least, they would lock-up home field for a first round playoff game with a victory this Sunday afternoon.

Give much of the credit for Monday’s key victory to the continued elevated play of quarterback Henry Burris. He completed 27-of-36 attempts for 350 yards against Toronto and remains atop the CFL in total passing yards this season with 4,523. Hamilton also got a huge effort from CJ Gable on the ground. After rushing for 118 yards in Monday’s win, he is ranked fourth in the league with 783 yards on 125 attempts.

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Montreal Overview

Montreal was in perfect position to lock-up the sixth and final playoff spot this past Monday, but it fell flat on its face in a stunning 34-27 loss to Winnipeg as an 11-point home favorite. The loss dropped the Alouettes to 6-9 SU (8-7 ATS) and two games in back of Hamilton in the East Division standings. They are now 3-5 both SU and ATS in eight home games this season. The total went OVER the 50.5-point line against the Blue Bombers and it has now gone OVER in four of their last six games.

Josh Neiswander played fairly well in his first two starts at quarterback, but he was picked-off three times while completing just 50 percent of his throws in Monday’s loss. The Alouettes had no rushing game to speak of in this contest and their defense broke down in the final 12 minutes of the game after an early fourth-quarter field goal gave them a two-point lead. This is not the kind of football that wins games this time of the year which is exactly what Montreal needs to do.

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Hamilton vs. Montreal Betting Lines and Trends

TopBet’s CFL lines for Week 17 has Hamilton listed as a two-point road favorite for Sunday afternoon’s game with the total line set at 53.

The Tiger-Cats are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, but just 3-11 SU in their last 14 games on the road. The total has gone OVER in seven of their last 10 road contests

The Alouettes are 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 games at home. The total has gone OVER in four of their last six games.

Head-to-head in this matchup, Hamilton has won four of the last five meetings SU and it is 5-1 ATS in the last six games between the two. The total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings. The Tiger-Cats won the only previous meeting this season 28-26 as eight-point home favorites. The total went OVER the 52-point betting odds line.

Hamilton vs. Montreal Free CFL Pick

The Tiger-Cats have a golden opportunity to not only draw first blood in this home-and-home series, but to set the stage for a possible rematch in this year’s playoffs. Right now, Hamilton is clearly the better of the two rivals and look for it to state its case this Sunday afternoon. The free CFL pick in this one is the Tiger-Cats SU on the road over Montreal that covers the two points.

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