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Toronto Argonauts vs Montreal Alouettes 6/16/22 CFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Montreal Alouettes vs Toronto Argonauts
June 16, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Argonauts -3.5 / Montreal Alouettes +3.5
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The Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts meet Thursday in week 2 CFL action at BMO Field. The Montreal Alouettes look for a bounce back showing after losing their opener to the Calgary Stampeders. The Toronto Argonauts are coming off a 9-5 season where they lost in the East Final. 

The Montreal Alouettes have lost their last 3 road games. Vernon Adams is completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 250 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Eugene Lewis and Reggie White Jr. have combined for 163 receiving yards on 8 receptions, while Jake Wieneke has 2 receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is averaging 140 yards per contest, and Jeshrun Antwi leads the way with 98 yards on 7 carries. Defensively, Montreal is allowing 30 points and 359 yards per game. Adarius Pickett leads the Montreal Alouettes with 7 tackles, Avery Ellis has 1 sack and Rodney Randle Jr. has 1 pass defection.

The Toronto Argonauts get a second season under coach Ryan Dinwiddie and have a chance to make back to back playoff berths for the first time since 2012-13. The Argonauts were 6-0 SU last season in games decided by 4 or fewer points, which is a sign of good coaching. McLeod Bethel-Thompson returns at quarterback, and he has 29 career starts under his belt with 8,500 passing yards and 47 touchdowns. Receivers Markeith Ambles and Earnest Edwards should make the Argos offense more explosive, while Andrew Harris makes the backfield a little more consistent after a running back by committee last year. The addition of Ja’Gared Davis should bolster the defensive line, and DaShaun Amos is a former all-star defensive back. The Toronto Argonauts showed enough last year and made enough moves to be serious a serious threat to win the East this year.

The Alouettes are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games. The Argonauts are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in June and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Alouettes last 6 Thursday games. The over is 7-3 in Argonauts last 10 games overall. The Alouettes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Toronto.

The Montreal Alouettes have the edge with getting a game out of the way to get some of the rust off, and there’s some value there. The Alouettes have also been road covering machines, dating back to last season. However, there’s a lot of reason to be high on the Toronto Argonauts, as they made enough moves this off season to make a real run at an East title. The addition of Andrew Harris has the ability to be massive, as there’s still something left in that tank despite being 35 years old. At home, give me the Argos. I’m kind of high on this group to start the year.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Toronto Argonauts -3.5
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