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Manziel Gets First CFL Start for Alouettes

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New Alouettes QB Faces Former Team on ESPN2

The fans at Percival Molson Stadium will see the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Montreal Alouettes when they take their seats on Friday Night.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS, and ESNP2. Oddsmakers have the Tiger-Cats as 7-point favorites. The total is at 50.5.

Johnny Manziel will make his much anticipated CFL debut tonight. Adding more intrigue to the matchup? It was just over one week ago that Hamilton shipped Manziel to Montreal in a blockbuster deal.

The 1-5 Als are in need of a spark.They hope that starting “Johnny Football” will be that catalyst. Sports fans across north America tuned in last week. The Als take on the Edmonton Eskimos and it was reported the former Heisman trophy winner may see the field at some point. It didn’t happen.

Alouettes Had to Make the Change

The Alouettes were a 44-23 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Edmonton Eskimos. They failed to cover the +10-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (67) made winners of OVER bettors.

Montreal decided to keep Vernon Adams Jr. in for the game’s entirety in the blowout. The Als defense could not hold off the offensive prowess of Mike Reilly and company. They didn’t want Manziel in a impossible situation.

It would have been difficult for Manziel to excel in a game situation after just a couple days at practice. The starting pivot says he feels prepared to take the field on Friday night.

I feel like the thing I’ve been missing even over the course of this year and a couple years is reps,” said Manziel. “As you guys have seen the past couple days the chance to get with the ones [first team offence] and get some reps is what I feel like I really need and what I’ve talked to a lot of people about. I feel very blessed to be in this position, to be back in a situation where I’m starting a game. source

The Als rank in the basement in a lot of categories heading into Week 8. Montreal’s offense is averaging a league low 15.3 points per game. The defense is giving up a league worst 420.3 yards per game. Something had to change.

The good news? The East Division is still up for grabs. A win against the 2-4 Ticats would put the Als in good position heading into the midway point of the season.

Tiger-Cats Look to End 3-Game Skid

The Ticats are looking to get back on track as well after starting the season 2-1. They have dropped their last three games.

Hamilton was a 21-15 loser in its last match at home against the Ottawa RedBlacks. They failed to cover the -6-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 36 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Ticats QB Jeremiah Masoli completed 26 of 38 attempts. He threw for 352 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Masoli found Jalen Saunders with less than two minutes to go for the game’s only major (TD). That closed in on the REDBLACKS’ lead. It was too little too late.

Saunders finished the day with 154 yards on eight catches. Brandon Banks had nine receptions for 113 yards.

The TiCats will get a boost on offense with Alex Green slated to make his season debut on Friday night. He had been out after breaking his hand in the preseason.

Luke Tasker is also back in the lineup after missing the last two games with a lower body injury, as is Terrence Toliver.

 

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Hamilton 2-4 2-4 21.83 22.67 -0.84 1-2 1-2 2-4 1-2 1-2
Montreal 1-5 2-4 15.33 32.00 -16.67 0-3 2-1 2-4 2-1 0-3
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Name Offense Defense Differential
HAM 18.96 15.36 3.6
MON 19.05 13.14 5.91

Yards Per Pass

Name Offense Defense Differential
HAM 12.70 11.50 1.2
MON 10.59 12.23 -1.64

Yards Per Rush

Name Offense Defense Differential
HAM 5.69 5.99 -0.3
MON 4.80 4.70 0.1
Team Records

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 2-4 1-2 1-2 2-4 1-2 1-2 21.83 22.67 -0.84
vs Conf 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 15.00 21.00 -6.00
Last 3 0-3 0-2 0-1 0-3 0-2 0-1 16.00 23.33 -7.33

Montreal Alouettes

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-5 0-3 1-2 2-4 0-3 2-1 15.33 32.00 -16.67
vs Conf 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 18.00 28.00 -10.00
Last 3 0-3 0-2 0-1 1-2 0-2 1-0 16.33 32.33 -16.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 21.83 6 32.00 9
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 326.67 2 364.00 9
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 116.00 4 160.67 9
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 15.33 9 22.67 4
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 179.33 8 230.33 4
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 80.33 7 114.67 7

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Hamilton 7-3 6-4 3-7 28.00 98.70 5.11 32.70 70.34 260.90 375.10 1.70
Montreal 3-7 4-6 3-7 16.50 67.60 3.84 32.80 60.06 219.00 301.40 2.30

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
Nov 3, 2017 MON HAM 0-33 79 90 189 3 173 313 502 1
Oct 22, 2017 HAM MON 43-16 73 349 431 0 51 221 310 2
Nov 5, 2016 MON HAM 32-25 65 256 322 2 55 309 390 1
Sep 16, 2016 MON HAM 17-20 89 141 257 3 93 278 384 3
Jul 15, 2016 HAM MON 31-7 84 183 292 1 64 182 302 2
Oct 18, 2015 HAM MON 23-11 113 229 354 1 53 226 279 4
Aug 27, 2015 MON HAM 26-23 130 208 344 2 29 248 322 3
Jul 16, 2015 HAM MON 13-17 87 294 390 4 55 264 319 0
Nov 23, 2014 MON HAM 24-40 73 318 391 3 149 199 348 1
Nov 8, 2014 MON HAM 15-29 17 284 301 2 131 207 338 2

CFL Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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
Jul 28, 2018 OTT 15-21 L -6/55 L/U 31 310 383 65 268 338 1 H
Jul 19, 2018 SAS 20-31 L -10/50.5 L/O 79 180 263 218 178 396 3 H
Jul 5, 2018 SAS 13-18 L -6/51 L/U 96 322 429 150 128 298 1 A
Jun 29, 2018 WIN 31-17 W -4.5/59 W/U 111 359 480 134 139 280 1 H
Jun 22, 2018 EDM 38-21 W 6.5/56.5 W/O 196 325 528 62 278 348 -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
Jul 26, 2018 EDM 23-44 L 10/48 L/O 132 171 349 98 415 513 1 H
Jul 21, 2018 CAL 8-25 L 19.5/49 W/U 62 157 239 69 281 361 1 A
Jul 6, 2018 OTT 18-28 L 7.5/49 L/U 43 265 323 139 334 481 0 H
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

Next up:
Hamilton at Winnipeg Friday, August 10
Montreal at Ottawa Saturday, August 11

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