Alouettes vs. Eskimos Prediction: CFL Week 1 Point Spread, Odds
June 14, 2019, 9:00 PM ET | Commonwealth Stadium
It’s never an encouraging sign when a team parts ways with its head coach before the season even starts – but that’s the reality the Montreal Alouettes are facing as they prepare to kick off the 2019 campaign Friday against the visiting Edmonton Eskimos. The Alouettes relieved head coach Mike Sherman of his duties over the weekend and will roll into the season with offensive coordinator Khari Jones as the interim bench boss.
CFL Odds and BettingDouble-digit spreads in Week 1 aren’t all that common, but the Alouettes come in facing early-season turmoil and the dark cloud of a dismal five-win showing in 2018. And while it isn’t a landslide by any stretch of the imagination, a small majority of bettors are siding with the Eskimos, with 55 percent in favour of giving up the points. But beware: Edmonton is 4-10 against the spread (ATS) in its last 14 June games, while Montreal has covered five straight contests overall.
Oddsmakers are expecting a points brigade Friday night, with the total slipping only a half-point from its 52 opening. And if you’ve been following the Alouettes from a betting perspective, you know that they’re on the strongest early-season under run of any team in the league, having gone below the total in 24 of their previous 27 games played in June. But these teams have surpassed the number in seven of their past nine meetings in Edmonton.
All eyes will be on Montreal quarterback Antonio Pipkin, who will try to fill Johnny Manziel’s disappointing shoes. The former first-round NFL pick had a disastrous showing in his only CFL campaign, setting the stage for Pipkin to prove his worth as the Als’ No. 1 option heading into the 2019 campaign. Pipkin completed just 59.5 percent of his throws in 2018 for 1,120 passing yards with three touchdowns and eight interceptions.
A lot has changed in Edmonton since the Eskimos went an underwhelming 9-9 last season. Most notably, the Eskimos have a new quarterback taking the snaps, as Trevor Harris takes over for 2017 CFL Most Outstanding Player Mike Reilly, who bolted for the B.C. Lions. Harris will have a familiar weapon at his disposal, with wide receiver Greg Ellinsgon joining him from the Grey Cup-champion Redblacks during the offseason.