With the BC Lions, you have a team that may be playing with its backup pivot, Jonathon Jennings. On the other side of the field, you have the Montreal Alouettes who will likely be starting Antonio Pipkin. Johnny Manziel is practicing again but missed Monday’s practice with flu symptoms.
That means each team will be led by a pivot with some experience but not a lot.
Montreal knows that Jennings was good enough to lead the Lions to a win over them in Week One. But that was a long time ago, and Jennings hasn’t played a lot since then. He wasn’t asked to do a lot last week, but he did what he did well (10-12 for 68 yards and a touchdown).
Should Travis Lulay start for the Lions, he gives them a more experienced pivot, but it’s hard to say he makes their odds to win significantly better.
Pipkin has done well in relief of Johnny Manziel making it hard to sit him down should Manziel be healthy enough to play. But the Alouettes gave up a lot to get Manziel, so they are going to want to see him.
This one will likely come down to defence. Can the solid Lions defence keep whoever the Alouettes start from getting on track? Can Montreal’s defence play better than the stats indicate they can?
Don’t count on Montreal’s defence to step up. Take the Lions to win (-155) over the Alouettes (+135). I can see Pipkin keeping this one competitive, but the Lions will cover the spread (+3.0). Since neither team is known for being offensive juggernauts, go with the under (49.5).