These teams are playing for pride, and have been for the last six weeks of the CFL season. However, maybe more importantly, playing for employment next season as they meet for both team’s second last game of the regular season.
Sports Interaction oddsmakers have made the Alouettes 1-point favourites in this contest.
The numbers don’t lie, and never have, especially in the game of football. There isn’t anything pretty about this game between the two worst teams in the CFL. The Alouettes have the league’s worst offence , and second worst defence, while the Argos have the second worst offence, and the worst defence in the CFL. The season series is officially tied at 1-1, heading into this tie breaking game.
The Alouettes have one home field win, while the Argos are a not-so-perfect 0-7 on the road this season. The under has been in play between these two teams head-to-head as of late, as it is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings.
The Argos snapped their seven game losing streak with a 26-22 come from behind victory over the Montreal Alouettes. Quarterback James Franklin, who is fighting for a job next year with the club, led the charge with Brandon Burks finishing off the drive with a one yard plunge into the end zone with 56 seconds left in the game. Speaking of Franklin, with his major in the first quarter against the Alouettes, he tied a CFL record (held by Doug Flutie) for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback 14 rushing. He’ll get this game plus another one to try to break it. Franklin has never been a stranger to running the ball, in his last game he rushed for 43 yards on five carries.
His top receiver was Armanti Edwards with six catches for 106 yards. This season Edwards has 62 receptions for 861 yards as he tries to chase down the magical number of 1000 receiving yards. Also, in only his second CFL game, kicker Drew Brown was a perfect four for four, and overall is six for six in field goal attempts.
The Alouettes enter this game looking to snap a five game losing streak, and get themselves out of the basement of the CFL’s East division. Last week in Toronto they saw a game get away from them, but will get a second chance to end that losing streak this week on home turf. If they are successful, the running attack has to continue with the same momentum of late, as it has been decent. William Stanback carried the ball 10 times for 118 yards, and has 185 yards rushing in the past two weeks since the trade of Tyrell Sutton to the BC Lions. Look for him to get more chances to carry the ball in this week 20 matchup.
Johnny Manziel has been close, but still searching for his first CFL win as the quarterback of record. Manziel is 0-6 as the Als starter, and continues to make small steps improving a Canadian game that he is still learning. Receiver Gene Lewis caught eight passes for 100 yards and a touchdown becoming just the third Alouettes receiver to gain 100 yards or more in a game this season. Defender Brian Dozier might be the team’s MOP this season. Last week he recorded eight tackles in the loss, led all Alouettes in that category. His five interceptions on the season are tied for top spot in the league.