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Alouettes Host the REDBLACKS in Friday CFL Action

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Alouettes Look to Tame Ottawa at Home

The fans at Percival Molson Stadium will see the Ottawa RedBlacks and the Montreal Alouettes when they take their seats on Friday. Montreal is hoping being at home will break the hold Ottawa has over the team. This game could prove vital in setting the tone the rest of the season.

The REDBLACKS have dominated the Alouettes over the last two seasons. Ottawa has won five of six meetings, including a 4-0 record in Montreal.

Oddsmakers have Ottawa listed as 7.5-point favorites. The total is sitting at 49. Kickoff is at 9:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS and ESPN+.

Alouettes Looking to Improve Week to Week

Head Coach Mike Sherman’s Alouettes are fresh off their first win of the year. Sherman and company won a 23-17 nail-biter in Regina. The win snapped the club’s 13-game losing streak dating back to last August. It got the monkey off their back and they are looking to gain momentum.

The Alouettes’ road win last week took a HUGE weight off the team’s shoulders. Judging by the atmosphere in the ocker room after the game, Montreal may finally have turned the corner.

There are definitely things the Alouettes can improve upon. The team ranks last in the CFL in sacks allowed with 11. Last in rushing touchdowns with a big Goose Egg. The most problematic is they are last in  penalties with 41.

Montreal’s offensive line has struggled to provide consistent protection for Drew Willy or replacement Jeff Mathews. The unit struggled to establish the run as well. Feature back Tyrell Sutton would probably feel he hasn’t had as many carries as he should have to-date.

Jeff Mathews will start at QB for the Als. The 26-year-old Cornell product currently owns the second-worst QUAR rating (24.1) for quarterbacks in the CFL. He has shown he has the confidence to lead drives and try the deep ball.

REDBLACKS Look for Offensive Consistency

The REDBLACKS, meanwhile, never clicked offensively in a 10-point win at Calgary last week.

Last year’s trips to Montreal were fruitful for the REDBLACKS. They claimed a pair of one-sided victories, 32-4 and 29-11, in the span of three weeks.  This year may be different. They have a total new mentality and squad awaiting them. The new coaching staff assured that.

One of the early-season bright spots for Ottawa has been its run game.Their feature back, William Powell is third in the CFL in rush yards with 217. This is despite having played one game less than all others in the top five.

The REDBLACKS made a ton of changes to the roster that lost in Alberta last week. Six changes to be exact.

Noel Thomas Jr. is back in at slotback. The rookie out of UConn burst onto the scene in Ottawa’s opening game. He had a highlight-reel 42-yard catch. Thomas was sidelined last week due to injury.

R.J. Harris will start his first CFL game. The New Hampshire product has spent mini-camp time with various NFL and CFL teams. He will finally make his regular-season debut at age 26.

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Ottawa1-11-127.0020.506.51-00-11-11-00-1
Montreal1-21-214.3331.67-17.340-11-11-21-00-2
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
OTT14.0417.1-3.06
MON19.5612.287.28
Yards Per Pass
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
OTT11.3613.50-2.14
MON9.8810.93-1.05
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
OTT6.084.851.23
MON4.295.28-0.99
Team Records

Ottawa RedBlacks

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall1-11-00-11-11-00-127.0020.506.50
vs Conf0-00-00-00-00-00-00.000.000.00
Last 31-11-00-11-11-00-127.0020.506.50

Montreal Alouettes

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall1-20-11-11-20-11-114.3331.67-17.34
vs Conf0-00-00-00-00-00-00.000.000.00
Last 31-20-11-11-20-11-114.3331.67-17.34

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense27.00531.678
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense155.009343.007
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense123.004245.009
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense14.33820.502
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense102.009251.006
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense66.009105.005

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Ottawa8-28-1-13-725.3098.004.5638.9071.47325.80433.401.70
Montreal2-81-8-13-718.3073.804.9533.0064.24229.40323.001.50

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Sep 17, 2017OTTMON29-11160261421283681660
Aug 31, 2017OTTMON32-41023244452391962771
Jul 19, 2017MONOTT19-24654285174443764200
Sep 1, 2016OTTMON19-14862783680901892952
Aug 19, 2016MONOTT43-19623304441602914023
Jun 30, 2016OTTMON28-131533825481622783401
Oct 1, 2015MONOTT17-39392052611705105801
Aug 7, 2015MONOTT23-2610127640421023194250
Jun 25, 2015OTTMON20-161142583773841081972
Oct 24, 2014MONOTT23-171132163291892593485

CFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Ottawa RedBlacks

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jun 28, 2018CAL14-24L7.5/55.5L/U1231552991052513560A
Jun 21, 2018SAS40-17W-2/50W/O11434545994235345-3H
Nov 12, 2017SAS20-31L-2.5/51.5L/U584425152122524642H
Oct 27, 2017HAM41-36W-6.5/53.5L/O134338486544284924H
Oct 13, 2017SAS33-32W3.5/52W/O6227033272375459-1A

Montreal Alouettes

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jun 30, 2018SAS23-17W10.5/45W/U3223228760218279-2A
Jun 22, 2018WIN10-56L3/47L/O661021952453435882H
Jun 16, 2018BC10-22L8.5/49L/U782593591171823001A
Nov 3, 2017HAM0-33L15/50L/U79901891733135022A
Oct 27, 2017SAS12-37L16.5/51L/U58160231185221413-1A

Next up:

Ottawa home to Calgary Thursday, July 12
Montreal at Calgary Saturday, July 21

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