The Als look to bounce back from a Week 4 meltdown in Calgary
Thursday night CFL action features a couple of 1-3 teams hooking up when the Edmonton Eskimos visit the Montreal Alouettes. Odds have moved a half-point on this early-week favorite but several sports betting shops still offer good value on an Als team looking to end its first three-game losing streak since 2011.
WEEK 5 CFL – ESKIMOS AT ALOUETTES (-5.5, O/U 49)
Neither team has impressed us much early in the 2013 campaign and it’s landed them near the bottom of their respective divisions. The Als may have hit rock bottom last week, blowing a massive 24-point lead against the Calgary Stampeders but we did see some signs of progress on the offensive side of the ball. WR SJ Green became involved early with seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown RB Jerome Messam made his presence felt, carrying the rock five times for 27 yards and a score.
For Messam it was his first action since returning from a hamstring injury he sustained during training camp. The former 1,000-yard rusher with Edmonton should help direct Montreal back towards the 97-rushing yard per game average they enjoyed last year and away from the league-low 61-yard average they displayed through the first three games of 2013. In short, we have reason to believe there is a pulse in Montreal.
Meanwhile in Edmonton, first year starting QB Mike Reilly continues to struggle behind a porous O-line and has yet to find his rhythm in the dysfunctional Eskimo offense. Short of the 177-yard breakout in a Week 3 win at Hamilton, the Eskimos have failed to establish a ground game. Hugh Charles, who rushed for 119 yards in that 30-20 win is lacking the consistency the Green and Gold need from a back that they are depending on to carry the load. In three losses, Charles has amassed just 108 yards on the grounds.
CFL BEST BET
Aside from looking for their second win of the year, the Alouettes will attempt to re-establish their dominance at Percival Molson Stadium where they are winless in 2 attempts so far in 2013. The Eskies first three losses this year were each by more than seven points and things aren’t looking better against the always dangerous Anthony Calvillo and his Alouettes. Look for more improvements by the home side as the Eskimos continue to flounder.
Pick: Take the Alouettes
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