The Montreal Alouettes (0-0) come off a Week 1 bye to visit the Edmonton Elks (0-1) Saturday night for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium. Below, we look at the Alouettes at Elks odds and lines and make our best CFL picks, predictions and bets.
The Als will play their first game since going 10-8 and finishing second in the East Division in 2019. They lost 37-29 to Edmonton in the East Division Semifinal.
The Elks took a 16-12 loss at home against the Ottawa RedBlacks in Week 1. QB Trevor Harris completed 33 of 44 passes for 333 yards but with 3 interceptions and no touchdowns. RB James Wilder ran for 89 yards on 15 attempts and added 72 yards as a receiver.
Alouettes at Elks odds, spread and lines
- Money line: Alouettes +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Elks -220 (bet $220 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS: Alouettes +3.5 (-115) | Elks -3.5 (-120)
- Total: 46.5 (O: -115 | U: -120)
Alouettes at Elks odds, lines, predictions and picks
Alouettes 23, Elks 21
Back the ALOUETTES (+155) as heavy underdogs. They had an extra week of rest to start the season and were able to study some 2021 game film of the Elks. Edmonton was upset at home by the RedBlacks last week and shouldn’t be such heavy favorites in Week 2.
Expect a bounceback performance for Harris, but Alouettes QB Vernon Adams Jr. is coming off a breakout 2019 season and should give the Elks defense a tougher test than RedBlacks QB Matt Nichols imposed last week.
MONTREAL +3.5 (-115) can also be backed on the spread to stay within 3 points in a loss.
Edmonton failed to cover as a 7.5-point home favorite last week while taking the outright loss.
Take the UNDER 46.5 (-120) as the dominant trend in the CFL should continue.
Montreal’s defense has a week of film on Edmonton to plan around and the extra idle week isn’t likely to boost the offense. The Elks put up just 12 points last week.
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