This game is a little harder to judge since it is not clear who the quarterback is going to be for Montreal. Johnny Manziel missed last week with concussion symptoms, and it has not been announced whether he has been cleared or not. Antonio Pipkin started last week in Montreal’s 40-24 loss to Edmonton.
With both teams having porous defences and lackluster offenses this season, expectations for this game are minimal. The Argos are favoured by 5.5 points. The over/under is set at 51 points, and the odds favour Toronto winning (-243.90) over Montreal (+190.00).
There is a chance this game could become an interesting one. McLeod Bethel-Thompson has played well for the Argos since taking over as the starting quarterback two weeks ago (2-0). Should Montreal go with Manziel, he improved significantly off his disaster of a debut. Perhaps playing against a porous defence like Toronto’s is what he needs.
But the same could be said if Antonio Pipkin gets the nod instead. He had a good game against Edmonton last week (14-25 for 217 yards, one touchdown, and an interception). His night could have been a lot better if not for a few drops.
Look for whichever quarterbacks that play to have good games and for both teams to score some points—so take the over. With Montreal’s defence being as bad as it is, it is hard to imagine the Argos not winning this one. Expect them to cover the 5.5 point spread as well.