Free CFL Picks: Montreal vs. Winnipeg Week 1 Preview

David Schwab

Monday, June 24, 2013 8:23 PM GMT

Monday, Jun. 24, 2013 8:23 PM GMT

The Montreal Alouettes and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers kick-off the 2013 CFL regular season this Thursday night.


The game is set to get underway at 9 PM (ET) at Investors Group Field, and will be broadcast in Canada on TSN.

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Montreal Overview

The Alouettes won the East Division last season at 11-7 straight-up to earn a bye to the Division Finals. As five-point favorites at home, they came up short against Toronto 27-20 in a contest that stayed UNDER the 55-point line. It was a bitter loss to swallow but one that is sure to provide motivation all season long in their quest to get back to the Grey Cup Championship Game in late November.

Back for one more run at a title is 41-year old veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who currently holds just about every passing record in CFL history. He threw for 5,082 yards last season, which was second most in the league. Montreal was ranked fourth in the league in scoring with an average of 26.5 points a game.

Winnipeg Overview

It was a long season for Winnipeg in 2012 with a 6-12 straight-up record that kept it out of the playoffs. The Blue Bombers did go 9-9 against the spread which included a respectable 6-3 ATS record at home. The total stayed UNDER in five of their nine home games.

This team’s problems last season were two-fold with an offense that could only manage an average of 20.8 points a game to complement a defense that allowed the most points in the CFL last season; giving-up an average of 29.5 points a game. Quarterback Joey Elliott was released earlier this year, so look for Buck Pierce behind center on Thursday night. He suffered through a number of injuries last season, but he can very effective when healthy.

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Montreal vs. Winnipeg Betting Lines and Trends

CFL odds have Montreal opening as a five-point favorite on the road on opening day, with the total line set at 53.

The Alouettes closed out last season at 2-5 ATS in their last seven games and they are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Division. The total has stayed UNDER in their last four division games.

The Blue Bombers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games played on a Thursday and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games at home.

Head-to-head in this matchup, Montreal is 5-4 SU and 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings. They split last year’s series 2-2 both SU and ATS with the total evenly split as well.

Montreal vs. Winnipeg Free CFL Pick

The Blue Bombers come into this season opener with a ton of question marks on both sides of the ball after such a dismal showing last year. Montreal remains pretty much intact from last season which could make them very difficult to beat, especially in the early going. For your football picks, stick with the veteran leadership in Thursday's game as the Alouettes come away with the win that covers the five points.

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CFL Pick: Montreal -4.5 at Bet365

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