Two of the best teams in the CFL a season ago have both started 2018 with a loss. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the defending champion Montreal Alouettes each hope to bounce back when they face off in the CFL Game of the Week in their second regular season contest.
Winnipeg has one of the most dynamic offenses in the CFL and it didn’t slow down in Week 1 despite the absence of the team’s quarterback, but the defense couldn’t hold up in a loss to the Edmonton Eskimos. The Alouettes had trouble on offense in their opener and have to iron out some of those issue in order to keep this one a contest.
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Even though Montreal is the defending champion, look for Edmonton to be the favorite despite playing on the road. The Alouettes need to show some more offensive consistency in order to be considered among the favorites for the Grey Cup in 2018 in CFL betting.
The Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers will face off on Friday, June 22, 2018, at Molson Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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Winnipeg is currently being listed as the 2-point favorite in this Week 2 matchup. The betting public is on the home underdog in this one as the Alouettes are getting about two-thirds of the action to cover the spread.
The moneyline has yet to be released but the Blue Bombers should be small favorites. The scoring total is listed at 47 points. It’s an interesting matchup because Winnipeg's first game was so high-scoring but Montreal played in a defensive battle.
The Blue Bombers will still be without starting quarterback Matt Nichols for a few more weeks because of a knee injury. Rookie Chris Streveler took over in the season opener and was up and down.
He finished the contest 15-of-28 for 178 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Streveler figures to be the starter once again in this one, but Winnipeg did sign veteran Mitchell Gale to the squad in case of emergency.
The other quarterbacks on the roster are Bryan Bennett and Alex Ross but neither has a lot of CFL experience. Darian Durant was expected to be Nichols’ backup after he signed this offseason but he decided to retire.
Streveler’s performance will be key in how this contest plays out.
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Montreal scored 10 points in the first quarter of its opener against the B.C. Lions and seemed primed to win the contest, but the offense dried up after that. The Alouettes wouldn’t score the final three quarters as B.C. eventually pulled away for the 22-10 victory.
Alouettes quarterback Drew Willy finished the contest 25-of-35 for 285 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The Blue Bombers put up a lot of points but still fell to the Edmonton Eskimos by a score of 33-30. Winnipeg held an eight-point lead late in the contest, but Edmonton tied the game with a touchdown and then won it on a 44-yard field goal by Sean Whyte with eight seconds remaining.
The contest was delayed twice by lightning and took more than five hours to complete. Edmonton seemed to have a good shot at the victory but couldn’t wrap it up and now has a tough matchup as it looks to avoid an 0-2 hole on the season.
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The Alouettes have the home field advantage but the lack of offensive punch is concerning. The Blue Bombers would have been bigger favorites if their star quarterback was playing but they will be tasked with pulling out the victory without Nichols.
Streveler showed some good things in the season opener and hopes to build upon it. The Alouettes, meanwhile, need to shake off a poor opener to rebound in this one. It figures to be a nip and tuck affair. Winnipeg is the superior team but the Alouettes have the home field advantage, so it could come down right to the wire.
In the end, Montreal will eke out a narrow victory. The Alouettes are the pick on the moneyline as that will be the best payout in CFL betting lines.
CFL ATS Pick: Montreal Alouettes 22, Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21