Montreal Favored By 10 At Toronto Argonauts

By: Jeff Grant | Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Toronto Argonauts (1-1) and Montreal Alouettes (2-0) face off in Week 3 of the Canadian Football League season and Friday’s game will be televised on TSN at 4:30 p.m. (PST).

Toronto lost its first game of 2011 by dropping a 22-16 contest to the Winnipeg Bombers last Friday. The Argonauts were 2-0-0 in the preseason and won their season opener in Calgary on July 1.

The Argos will be playing three straight road games for the first time in club history and have moved to a double-digit underdog for the first time this season with Montreal favored by 10 and Friday's total at 53. Toronto is 1-1 ATS thus far in 2011 and will be getting points for a third consecutive week.

Head coach Jim Barker’s career record is now an even 19-19 SU, including wins in four of his last five games away from home. It’s hard to imagine a straight-up victory for the underdogs in this contest, especially due to running back Cory Boyd expected to miss at least two weeks with a knee injury. He has become an instrumental part of the offense and has recorded seven career 100-yard efforts in just 17 games.

Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo currently leads the CFL with 731 passing yards and has been instrumental in leading the team to 69 combined points in the first two weeks. The 39-year-old passer also tied Damon Allen’s league record of 394 touchdown passes by throwing for five scores in a 39-25 win over Saskatchewan last Saturday.

Calvillo’s latest masterpiece was honored by the league in naming him the CFL’s Offensive Player of the Week. It marked the second consecutive week that an Alouettes’ player earned that distinction, as receiver Jamel Richardson grabbed nine balls for 162 yards in Week 1's 30-26 home triumph against the BC Lions.

Due to the explosive numbers above from Montreal’s offense, total players will likely expect a shootout, but it must be stated that the ‘under’ is 10-2 in the Argonauts last 12 games overall. It’s important to point out that the two games that went ‘over’ in that span came against the Alouettes.

Sometimes in the game of sports handicapping, picking the winner will often suffice in covering the spread, which is certainly the case in this series. In the last 10 meetings, the SU winner has gone on to cover the spread each time. Montreal is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings as host, but dropped a 30-4 contest at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2010.

The Alouettes gained revenge from that disappointing effort with a 48-17 blowout win just two weeks later.

Weather forecasts suggest game-time highs in the low-70s and light winds out of the southwest.

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