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Johnny Manziel and the Alouettes Travel to face the REDBLACKS

Johnny Manziel has reached week two of the tenure as starting quarterback of the Montreal Alouettes. The fans at TD Place Stadium will see the last place Alouettes and the first place Ottawa RedBlacks. This Saturday night matchup could be intriguing.

Kickoff is at 8:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS and ESPN+.

This will be the second of three meeting between the East Division rivals. The REDBLACKS won on July 6th 28-18. The game was not as close as the score as Ottawa dominated the entire way.

Ottawa has won the last five matchups against Montreal. It includes a three-game sweep last year. Ottawa is 9-4 vs Montreal since 2014.

Montreal is 1-17 in its last 18 games, the poorest stretch of games in the history of the franchise.

REDBLACKS Have Been Consistent All Season

Last time out for Ottawa, they were a 42-41 loser as they battled the Toronto Argonauts on the road. The REDBLACKS failed to cover  as a -6.5-point favorite. The 83 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The East-leading REDBLACKS are also out for redemption. They allowed a Week 8 win to slip through their fingertips.

Argonauts quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw the game-winning touchdown with a second left on the clock. It lifted the Boatmen to a 42-41 victory at BMO Field.

The REDBLACKS entered the final 15 minutes with a sizeable 18-point lead. Bethel-Thompson stayed composed in his first CFL start. He found a way to put 22 points on the board in the fourth quarter.

Trevor Harris threw for 381 yards with two touchdowns for the REDBLACKS. He also had one interception.

Receiver Diontae Spencer had a game-high 145 yards on eight catches and a major (TD).

Defensive lineman A.C. Leonard racked up seven tackles and one sack.

Alouettes Hope Johnny Manziel Can Keep Improving in Lost Season

In their last action, Montreal was a 50-11 loser at home against the Tiger-Cats. They failed to cover the +7-point spread as underdogs. The combined score (61) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Johnny Manziel completed 11 of 20 attempts for 104 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions. They fell behind 28-0 in the first quarter during the shellacking.

Montreal’s defense gave up 521 yards. The Ticats found the end zone seven times.

From a blocked punt that was run back for a touchdown to six total turnovers. The night was a total disaster.

Montreal is giving up a CFL leading 3406 points per game. That has to change if they want to win tonight.

The Als defense is the only CFL team giving up over 300 passing yards per game on average.

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Power Stats

Yards Per Point

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
MON19.7612.577.19
OTT14.7915.88-1.08
Yards Per Pass
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
MON10.2612.81-2.55
OTT11.4613.01-1.55

Yards Per Rush

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
MON5.404.960.44
OTT4.214.49-0.28

Team Records

Montreal Alouettes

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall1-60-41-22-50-42-114.7134.57-19.86
vs Conf0-20-20-00-20-20-014.5039.00-24.50
Last 30-30-20-11-20-21-014.0039.67-25.67

Ottawa RedBlacks

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall4-32-12-23-41-22-225.1424.001.14
vs Conf2-10-02-12-10-02-130.0025.005.00
Last 32-11-01-11-20-11-130.3327.333.00

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense14.71924.005
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense216.009267.337
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense57.339115.335
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense25.14534.579
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense271.673227.004
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense72.00982.004

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Montreal1-91-93-717.8066.805.0233.1064.35234.30322.401.40
Ottawa9-19-13-726.40103.004.6040.4071.78333.30446.701.20

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Jul 6, 2018OTTMON28-181393344810432653230
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

CFL Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Montreal Alouettes

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Aug 3, 2018HAM11-50L7/50.5L/O176862831693415213H
Jul 26, 2018EDM23-44L10/48L/O132171349984155131H
Jul 21, 2018CAL8-25L19.5/49W/U62157239692813611A
Jul 6, 2018OTT18-28L7.5/49L/U432653231393344810H
Jun 30, 2018SAS23-17W10.5/45W/U3223228760218279-2A

Ottawa RedBlacks

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Aug 2, 2018TOR41-42L-6.5/48L/O46377427131297433-1A
Jul 28, 2018HAM21-15W6/55W/U6526833831310383-1A
Jul 20, 2018BC29-25W-7/53L/O67355430119325444-1H
Jul 12, 2018CAL3-27L3/54L/U351151691332423835H
Jul 6, 2018MON28-18W-7.5/49W/U139334481432653230A

Next up:
Montreal at Edmonton Saturday, August 18
Ottawa at Winnipeg Friday, August 17

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