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Manziel Gets First CFL Start for Alouettes

Montreal Alouettes

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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NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
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Team Records

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf0-10-10-00-10-10-015.0021.00-6.00
Last 30-30-20-10-30-20-116.0023.33-7.33

Montreal Alouettes

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf0-10-10-00-10-10-018.0028.00-10.00
Last 30-30-20-11-20-21-016.3332.33-16.00


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense21.83632.009
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense326.672364.009
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense116.004160.679
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense15.33922.674
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense179.338230.334
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense80.337114.677

Head To Head Summary


Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 3, 2017MONHAM0-33799018931733135021
Oct 22, 2017HAMMON43-16733494310512213102
Nov 5, 2016MONHAM32-25652563222553093901
Sep 16, 2016MONHAM17-20891412573932783843
Jul 15, 2016HAMMON31-7841832921641823022
Oct 18, 2015HAMMON23-111132293541532262794
Aug 27, 2015MONHAM26-231302083442292483223
Jul 16, 2015HAMMON13-17872943904552643190
Nov 23, 2014MONHAM24-407331839131491993481
Nov 8, 2014MONHAM15-291728430121312073382

CFL Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jul 28, 2018OTT15-21L-6/55L/U31310383652683381H
Jul 19, 2018SAS20-31L-10/50.5L/O791802632181783963H
Jul 5, 2018SAS13-18L-6/51L/U963224291501282981A
Jun 29, 2018WIN31-17W-4.5/59W/U1113594801341392801H
Jun 22, 2018EDM38-21W6.5/56.5W/O19632552862278348-1A

Montreal Alouettes

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
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
Jun 22, 2018WIN10-56L3/47L/O661021952453435882H

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

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