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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

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Ottawa 1-1 1-1 27.00 20.50 6.5 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1
Montreal 1-2 1-2 14.33 31.67 -17.34 0-1 1-1 1-2 1-0 0-2
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
OTT 14.04 17.1 -3.06
MON 19.56 12.28 7.28
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
OTT 11.36 13.50 -2.14
MON 9.88 10.93 -1.05
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
OTT 6.08 4.85 1.23
MON 4.29 5.28 -0.99
Team Records

Ottawa RedBlacks

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-1 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1 27.00 20.50 6.50
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 1-1 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1 27.00 20.50 6.50

Montreal Alouettes

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-2 0-1 1-1 1-2 0-1 1-1 14.33 31.67 -17.34
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 1-2 0-1 1-1 1-2 0-1 1-1 14.33 31.67 -17.34

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 27.00 5 31.67 8
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 155.00 9 343.00 7
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 123.00 4 245.00 9
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 14.33 8 20.50 2
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 102.00 9 251.00 6
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 66.00 9 105.00 5

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Ottawa 8-2 8-1-1 3-7 25.30 98.00 4.56 38.90 71.47 325.80 433.40 1.70
Montreal 2-8 1-8-1 3-7 18.30 73.80 4.95 33.00 64.24 229.40 323.00 1.50

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Sep 17, 2017 OTT MON 29-11 160 261 421 2 83 68 166 0
Aug 31, 2017 OTT MON 32-4 102 324 445 2 39 196 277 1
Jul 19, 2017 MON OTT 19-24 65 428 517 4 44 376 420 0
Sep 1, 2016 OTT MON 19-14 86 278 368 0 90 189 295 2
Aug 19, 2016 MON OTT 43-19 62 330 444 1 60 291 402 3
Jun 30, 2016 OTT MON 28-13 153 382 548 1 62 278 340 1
Oct 1, 2015 MON OTT 17-39 39 205 261 1 70 510 580 1
Aug 7, 2015 MON OTT 23-26 101 276 404 2 102 319 425 0
Jun 25, 2015 OTT MON 20-16 114 258 377 3 84 108 197 2
Oct 24, 2014 MON OTT 23-17 113 216 329 1 89 259 348 5

CFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Ottawa RedBlacks

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jun 28, 2018 CAL 14-24 L 7.5/55.5 L/U 123 155 299 105 251 356 0 A
Jun 21, 2018 SAS 40-17 W -2/50 W/O 114 345 459 94 235 345 -3 H
Nov 12, 2017 SAS 20-31 L -2.5/51.5 L/U 58 442 515 212 252 464 2 H
Oct 27, 2017 HAM 41-36 W -6.5/53.5 L/O 134 338 486 54 428 492 4 H
Oct 13, 2017 SAS 33-32 W 3.5/52 W/O 62 270 332 72 375 459 -1 A

Montreal Alouettes

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jun 30, 2018 SAS 23-17 W 10.5/45 W/U 32 232 287 60 218 279 -2 A
Jun 22, 2018 WIN 10-56 L 3/47 L/O 66 102 195 245 343 588 2 H
Jun 16, 2018 BC 10-22 L 8.5/49 L/U 78 259 359 117 182 300 1 A
Nov 3, 2017 HAM 0-33 L 15/50 L/U 79 90 189 173 313 502 2 A
Oct 27, 2017 SAS 12-37 L 16.5/51 L/U 58 160 231 185 221 413 -1 A

Next up:

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

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