Red-hot Alouettes open as 7.5-point underdogs against Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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The Montreal Alouettes are heavy underdogs against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this week despite the team riding a four-game winning streak.

Montreal completed a riveting comeback against the Ottawa Redblacks this past weekend, overcoming a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to win by a score of 25-24. The club is on its longest winning streak since the midway point of the 2021 season and hasn’t won more than four consecutive regular season games since 2014.

The Alouettes have won their last two games with Caleb Evans as their starting quarterback as Cody Fajardo has been out due to a shoulder injury. The third-year CFL passer has thrown for 482 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions as the team’s starter and carried the ball 18 times for 111 yards and three touchdowns. The club has yet to announce its starter for Thursday’s game in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg is also on a four-game winning streak, having recently beaten the Calgary Stampeders by a score of 19-18 in a sloppy contest. Dru Brown completed 17-of-27 pass attempts for 171 yards in his first start of the season while Zach Collaros sat out due to a neck injury. It is unclear if Collaros will be able to return this week.

The Blue Bombers visited the Alouettes in Week 4 and won the game 17-3, shutting down the home side’s offensive attack. Montreal recorded a shocking upset last season when they won at IG Field in double overtime by a score of 20-17.

This week’s game between Montreal and Winnipeg will be the final Thursday night contest of the season as the NFL gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 7 with a game between the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs. The CFL on TSN has averaged audiences of 472,800 on English language television so far this season for Thursday night broadcasts.

The rest of the betting lines for this week’s games are as follows.