Alouettes vs. Stampeders Prediction: CFL Week 3 Point Spread, Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Aug 20, 2021

Vernon Adams Jr. Alouettes, 2021

Vernon Adams Jr. threw for 211 yards in a win against the Elks last weekend. On Friday night his team will look sweep Alberta as they battle the Stampeders in Calgary.

August 20, 2021, 9:30 PM ET
McMahon Stadium

With Bo Levi Mitchell on the six-game injured list due to a break in his leg, its an opportunity Quarterback Jake Maier.

Montreal trounced Edmonton in their season-opener behind the play of breakout quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. and a feisty defence, and they are now looking for an Alberta sweep.

Kickoff at McMahon Stadium Friday is at 9:30 p.m. EST.

CFL Odds and Betting

Mitchell’s injury and absence Friday has essentially reversed the betting line, with the Alouettes originally opening at +2 on Sports Interaction’s CFL odds, but now sitting at -2.5 as the new favourite to win. Given recent history between these two clubs, this indicates the Als are a good play to win the game as they’ve covered in 10 of their last 11 games against Calgary. The Stamps have failed to cover the spread in five straight games but have won 17 of their last 24 games at home.

The under, which went a perfect 4-0 in Week 2, has hit in nine of the last 12 Als–Stamps matchups. The total is set at 45.5 for Friday.

Montreal Alouettes

The Alouettes dynamic offence can pound the rock with William Stanback or go air raid with Adams Jr. and his weapons. They combined for 365 yards of offence in their season debut last week, highlighted by 154 rushing yards. Stanback led the way with 112 yards and a 6.2 per carry average, while Adams Jr. reached 211 yards through the air and two scores. Both B.J. Cunningham and Jake Wieneke found the end zone for Montreal in Week 2.

More importantly, the Als’ defence held Edmonton’s offence to 233 passing yards and sacked Trevor Harris four times. Montreal ranked near the bottom in both statistical categories back in 2019, which is an encouraging sign for Khari Jones’ club. If this holds up, there’s no reason why Montreal isn’t a true contender.

Calgary Stampeders

Going from a two-time MOP quarterback under centre to a 25-year-old Canadian with zero career starts is a massive adjustment, but one Calgary’s going to have to embrace. O’Connor, Calgary’s new QB1, came over in free agency last off-season after being selected by Toronto 20th overall in the 2019 CFL draft. O’Connor has 173 career passing yards and one touchdown.

Offence is priority No. 1 for Calgary too, after scoring just nine points a week ago. The Stamps have started 0-2 at home this season, and 0-3 is a serious reality with Montreal coming in. Veteran Kamar Jorden leads the team with eight grabs, 153 yards, and a score in Calgary’s two games — look for he and O’Connor to develop an early connection.

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