Alouettes vs. Argonauts Prediction: CFL Week 2 Point Spread, Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 14, 2022

After last year's wild loss in the East Final, the Toronto Argonauts are ready to kick off their 2022 CFL season in Week 2 against the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday at BMO Field.

June 16, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
BMO Field

Ironically, despite being the only team in the CFL yet to play a game in 2022, the Toronto Argonauts actually lead the East Division standings by half a game after Montreal, Ottawa and Hamilton all suffered losses in Week 1.  The Alouettes nearly stole a win in Calgary last week, falling 30-27 thanks to a last minute Stampeders field goal.

Toronto is a 3.5-point favourite to win on the CFL odds, with a total of 48.5.

CFL Odds and Betting

These teams met twice last season, with the home team coming out on top both times.  The Argos struck first with a 30-27 Week 8 victory.  The Als answered back with a 37-16 Week 12 win.  Both games easily cleared the Over.

Montreal failed to win last week, but they did manage to cover the number for the fourth time in their last five road games.  They’ve struggled covering at BMO Field, however, as they are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games in Toronto.  They hit the Over in Week 1, but don’t bank on that happening again in this game.  The total has gone Under in 18 of the Alouettes last 25 games against the Argonauts.

Toronto finished first in the East Division last season with a 9-5 record, but they were bounced from the playoffs by Hamilton in the East Final.  They ended the year 1-5 ATS in their last six games, but they failed to cover in their last four games as the favourite.  The Argos can put points on the board as last season the total went Over in seven of their last 10 games overall and four of their last six at home.

Montreal Alouettes

Montreal got off to a good start in Week 1 and led the Stamps 24-14 at halftime.  Unfortunately for the Als, they couldn’t keep that momentum going.  They were outscored 16-3 in the second half, including a game-winning field goal with 30 seconds remaining.  Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. threw for 250 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.  He also added a touchdown on the ground, as did third-string QB Dominique Davis on a short-yardage plunge.

The Alouettes also suffered a major loss on offence.  Running back William Stanback, a key offseason addition and the CFL’s leading rusher last year, caught a touchdown pass early in the game but was later carted off the field in the second quarter with a fractured ankle.  Stanback had surgery on Monday and was placed on the six-game injured list.  His recovery time is not known, but he’s expected to return at some point this season.  Montreal plugged the running back hole by trading a 2023 sixth-round draft pick to Edmonton for running back Walter Fletcher.  The Ball State product was on the one-game injured list to start the season.  Last year, his first season in the CFL, Fletcher played 11 games, rushing for 302 yards and no touchdowns on 67 carries.  He also added 22 catches for 177 yards.

Toronto Argonauts

The Argos split a pair of preseason games, losing 23-17 on the road against Ottawa and squeaking by Hamilton 18-17 in a rematch of last year’s East Division final.  Toronto overhauled their roster in the offseason, signing wide receiver and 2019 Most Outstanding Player Brandon Banks and defensive end Ja’Gared Davis from Hamilton, as well as running back Andrew Harris from Winnipeg.  McLeod Bethel-Thompson remains the starter at quarterback.  In 10 starts last season, Bethel-Thompson threw for 2,303 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.  He ranked fifth out of seven quarterbacks who played at least 10 games in total passing yards and touchdowns.

The Argonauts regular season win total is set at 9.5 games, with the Over slightly favoured at -125 and the Under at -105.  They’re +170 to win the East Division, trailing only Hamilton at +150.  Toronto is also the third-favourite to win the Grey Cup at +510, trailing Winnipeg at +275 and Saskatchewan at +425.  Bethel-Thompson is the Argos best shot on the M.O.P. odds at +649.

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