Spread: Stampeders by 13
Money Line: Stampeders -700; Alouettes +500
The Stampeders were able to clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win over the Argonauts last week. But they have yet to clinch their division. While Montreal is still in the running for third in their division, the crossover rule will knock out whichever East team finishes in third.
So, while the Stampeders want to clinch their division, the Alouettes have nothing but pride on the line. Will that is enough?
The Alouettes gave the Roughriders a good fight last week. The defence was more opportunistic than they have been for much of the season. It’s been a work in progress since the trade, but Johnny Manziel is starting to look the part of a CFL pivot. But he hasn’t faced a defence as good as Calgary’s yet.
Bo Levi Mitchell has been one of the best pivots in the CFL this season, and it is hard to imagine him not taking advantage of playing Montreal’s defence. Back in Week Six, he threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns along with an interception. Chances are good he’ll have an even better game this week.
But will their defence shut down the Manziel-led Alouettes as well as they did the Montreal offence back in Week Six?
Probably not, but they will not need to in order to win. The Stampeders are the better team in every facet of the game. Take them to win over the Alouettes, but it is not hard to imagine Montreal playing well enough to cover the spread.
The over/under could go either way but take the over.