Alouettes vs Lions Preview & Free Pick [July 9th 2023]

Montreal (2-1) at British Columbia (3-1)
When: Sunday, July 9th 2023
Where: BC Place Stadium,
Vancouver, BC

Time: 7:00 ET | TV: ESPN+
Opening Odds: British Columbia -7/44.5

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Two teams that are looking for bounce back victories face off on Sunday night from Vancouver, as the B.C. Lions host the Montreal Alouettes. The Lions were dominate through the first three weeks, winning by a combined 77-21. However, they were brought back down to reality last week in a 45-24 loss at the Toronto Argonauts. Now B.C. returns home as a 7.5-point favorite this week with a total of 45.5.

The Alouettes also started hot, winning their first two games by a combined 33 points. The offense was non-existent last week in falling 17-3 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Montreal outgained Winnipeg 363-362 yards, but just couldn’t get the ball past the goal line. Still, dating back to last season, the Als are 4-2 ATS in their last six games.


The series has been one-sided between these teams since 2016. B.C. has won eight of the last 10 and are 8-2 ATS in that stretch. However, Montreal has covered two of the last three meetings. The Under has cashed in six straight encounters as well. Going back in further, the Lions are 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings as the home team.

A big concern with the Alouettes offense is quarterback Cody Fajardo and the passing game. He was 17-of-27 for 270 yards and an interception, but didn’t have much time to throw the ball. The offensive line allowed him to be sacked five times. The Als have allowed the second-most sacks on the season (15) and will face a Lions defense that leads the league with 14 sacks. Montreal is 23-10 ATS in their last 33 after a loss and an impressive 25-11 ATS in their last 36 road contests.


Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. completed 24-of-39 passes for 388 yards last week and three touchdowns. However, who three an unheard of six interceptions. Considering the Lions lost by three scores, the game would have been a lot different if Adams cut out those mistakes. B.C. has been very good lately after a loss, covering four straight. They are 5-3 ATS in their last eight game dating back to last season.

Despite what happened to B.C. last week, I still believe they are the best team in the CFL. They rank No. 1 in total offense, passing offense, total defense and passing defense. Montreal’s two victories came against poor opponents and the Als are in for a tough night in Vancouver. I think B.C. rolls.

Pick: British Columbia -7.5