Montreal Visits Ottawa in CFL
Those who can’t wait until this weekend’s Hall of Fame Game will probably be tuning into ESPN2 tonight for a little Canadian Football League action, as the Montreal Alouettes visit the Ottawa Redblacks. Montreal is favored by 2.5 points and the total on the game is 46.5.
Montreal brings a 2-3 record into the game, while Ottawa is 3-2 and one of those wins was a 20-16 victory over Montreal in the season-opener for both teams. Montreal was forced to use their third-string quarterback in the second half of the first game after their top two quarterbacks went down ti injury. The Alouettes will now have Rakeem Cato to handle the signal-calling and he’s played well, throwing for 1,100 yards and five touchdowns against three interceptions.
The game will have a bit of added interest, as Michael Sam is expected to make his CFL debut tonight and travel with Montreal to Ottawa for the game. The Montreal defense has been their strong suit so far, as they’ve only allowed seven touchdowns and have come up with 11 takeaways, which the offense has done a poor job of converting, as those takeaways have led to just 14 points.
Henry Burris has thrown for almost 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns this season, but has been picked-off six times. The former Temple Owls quarterback has thrown for 342 touchdowns in his lengthy career, although last year was a bit of a downer for the 40 year old. A running game would help take some of the pressure off Burris, but Ottawa has the poorest rushing teams in the league so far with only 71.8 rushing yards per game. Montreal is third in rushing, but just eighth in passing and Ottawa is ranked No. 2 in the CFL in total defense.
These two teams have gone under the total the last four times they’ve played and that’s probably the way to go in this one, as well.