Blue Bombers at Alouettes: What bettors need to know

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Montreal Alouettes (-11, 50.5)

The Montreal Alouettes are making the most of their playoff push with victories in each of their last two games. The Alouettes will clinch the final playoff spot with a win over the struggling Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Monday. Montreal's offense came alive last week as it scored a season-high 47 points on the strength of four touchdown passes by quarterback Josh Neiswander, who is likely to start again against Winnipeg.
 
The Blue Bombers have turned their attention to next season. Winnipeg, mired in a four-game losing skid, has scored 279 points - 61 fewer than any other team - and faith in quarterback Max Hall (81-for-139 for 974 yards, four touchdowns, eight interceptions) is quickly diminishing. Running back Will Ford has emerged as a bright spot in the Blue Bombers attack after running for a career-high 156 yards last week, but without a quarterback, Winnipeg will be in tough to win a third game before the regular season ends.

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ABOUT THE BLUE BOMBERS (2-12): Winnipeg traded star defensive end and league sacks leader Alex Hall to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for non-import offensive lineman Patrick Neufeld and a draft pick. The move weakens the Blue Bombers already porous defense, which has allowed a league-worst 459 points. Linebacker Henoc Muamba is tied for second in the league with 86 tackles.

ABOUT THE ALOUETTES (6-8): Quarterback Anthony Calvillo said he will be healthy in time for the final game of the regular season. Montreal has struggled to find an identity on offense without the veteran pivot, who has not played since Week 8. Montreal’s defense, led by linebackers Chip Cox and Kyries Hebert, leads the league in interceptions with 22 and allows a league-low 82.6 rushing yards per game.

TRENDS:


* Blue Bombers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
* Alouettes are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
* Under is 8-3-1 in Alouettes last 12 home games.
* Blue Bombers are 1-6 ATS in their last seveb games following a S.U. loss.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. Cox - a potential candidate for most outstanding defensive player - leads the league with 90 tackles and has four interceptions and six sacks.

2. Ford has 1,168 total combined yards in his second CFL season.

3. Montreal and Winnipeg opened the season by splitting road victories in a home-and-home series.

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