CFL Football Betting: Montreal Alouettes at BC Lions

CFL Football Betting:  Montreal Alouettes at BC Lions

The final game on this week’s CFL card is a matchup of two teams that are usually among the most successful in the league but have gotten off to a slow start this season. Both the Montreal Alouettes and BC Lions are 1-2 on the 2014 campaign and have generally been inconsistent in the early going. This is actually the second meeting between these teams in the 2014 season. In the second week of the season Montreal throttled BC at home winning 24-9 in a game that really wasn’t even that close. BC finally got a victory under their belts last week in a win over Saskatchewan. I would say bet the Montreal Alouettes over BC Lions and you get better odds too. If you are new to online betting, then head over to Sports Betting Acumen to learn more about winning strategies when betting on sports.

The big question mark for Montreal this season is quarterback Troy Smith who is trying to follow in the sizable footsteps of legitimate CFL legend Anthony Calvillo. Smith has had his moments–he looked good in the win over BC earlier this season–but has shown questionable decision making on field which is all the more glaring since that was one of Calvillo’s strengths. The fact that running back Brandon Whittaker hasn’t been in good form is another issue for the Montreal offense. So far this season kicker Sean Whyte has provided the bulk of the offense. It’s always important to have a reliable place kicker but it’s never a good sign when he’s expected to provide the majority of the scoring.

BC has actually had a bigger issue at quarterback than Montreal. The Als know that Smith will eventually be a solid CFL starter after he surmounts his ‘learning curve’ but the Lions have had a revolving door at the position all season long. Quarterback Kevin Glenn has 6 interceptions in three games after throwing only 7 picks all last season. He got yanked two weeks ago against Montreal in favor of former BYU standout John Beck. Glenn’s not entirely at fault as his team has given him shoddy offensive line protection–he got sacked five times against the Als. Glenn rebounded against Saskatchewan with a good if not great game and got better protection only being sacked twice. Of course the Lions’ big issue is the injury to 2011 MVP quarterback Travis Lulay who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

The conventional wisdom in a ‘quick rematch’ game like this one is to bet against the team that won first time around. Given the past performances of these teams in head to head play that is further validated–it’s been a home team dominated series. We’re going to go against conventional wisdom here, however, as Montreal looks like more of a ‘finished product’ and has fewer questions in the skill positions.