Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts Week 19 CFL Picks & Predictions 10/20/2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
BMO Field is the site of the game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The opening line for this game has Toronto as 5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 50.
The Argonauts have an over/under record of 8-7 and they are 6-9 against the spread this year. The Alouettes have an ATS record of 8-7 while their over/under record is 5-10.
The Montreal Alouettes will be taking on the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday afternoon in a game that will feature the only two teams in the CFL that have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Toronto has had the much better offense of the two teams, but Montreal has had slightly better performances from its defense. In their Week 11 matchup, Montreal was able to come away with a close 25-22 victory at home over the Alouettes.
Valuable Montreal Alouettes Betting Trends
The Montreal Alouettes are 5-10 against the over/under
The Montreal Alouettes are 8-7 against the spread
Important Toronto Argonauts Betting Trends
The Toronto Argonauts are 8-7 against the over/under
The Toronto Argonauts are 6-9 against the spread
Key Montreal Alouettes Injuries
08/21/18 QB Drew Willy Hand is out indefinitely
07/17/18 QB Jeff Mathews Ribs is OUT 4-6 weeks.
Key Toronto Argonauts Injuries
06/25/18 QB Ricky Ray Head is out indefinitely
Montreal Alouettes Stats
Montreal has played poorly on both sides of the ball this season, though it's their offense that has been by far the worst in the CFL. They have only been able to score a total of 253 points through their first 15 games and they are near the bottom of the league in just about every other major offensive category. Their defense hasn't been much better, as they have given up 448 total points while only coming up with 30 team sacks and 15 interceptions.
Montreal quarterback Johnny Manziel has struggled in his five games for the team, throwing for 872 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 116 yards on 21 carries. Wide receiver BJ Cunningham has arguably been the team's top offensive threat by catching a team-high 52 passes for 631 yards and three touchdowns.
One of the standout performers for the Alouettes on defense has been linebacker Henoc Muamba, who is second in the league in tackles with 89 total tackles and he's also been able to come up with four sacks, one interceptions and one forced fumble. Linebacker Chris Ackie has also been solid for Montreal by coming up with 81 total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two interceptions. Second-year defensive back Branden Dozier has 84 total tackles and he is tied for the league lead in interceptions with five.
Toronto Argonauts Stats
Toronto has also struggled on both sides of the ball this year. They have scored just 21.6 points per game and they rank in the bottom two in both possession time and rushing yards. Their defense has been the worst in the league for most of the year by allowing opposing offenses to score 31.6 points per game against them and coming away with the least amount of sacks and interceptions in the CFL.
The Argonauts' top offensive threat this year has been wide receiver S.J. Green, who has caught 69 passes for 918 yards and four touchdowns. Running back James Wilder Jr. has averaged 4.7 yards per carry on the season and he has 691 yards and three scores. Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson has completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 2,007 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Through Toronto's defense has been poor this year, one player who has done a great job has been defensive end Shawn Lemon, who has 10 sacks to go along with his 15 total tackles. Defensive back Ronnie Yell is having the best year of his career by coming up with 44 total tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
Who will win tonight's Alouettes/Argonauts CFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Alouettes +5
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