Montreal Alouettes open as short favourites in battle of undefeated teams

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The Montreal Alouettes have opened as short favourites over the Toronto Argonauts when the two undefeated teams clash on Friday night.

This week will mark their first meeting since last year’s East Final when the Alouettes shocked the home side, winning 38-17 to advance to the 110th Grey Cup in Hamilton. Montreal intercepted Chad Kelly, who was later named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player, four times and returned two for touchdowns as part of a dominant defensive effort.

Toronto entered the game a perfect 9-0 at home and swept their three regular season meetings with Montreal by an average of 13.3 points. The club drew a crowd of 26,620 for the postseason contest, the largest in club history since moving to BMO Field in 2016.

 

Montreal is off to its first 3-0 start since 2011, notching wins over Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Ottawa. Franchise quarterback Cody Fajardo has thrown for 916 yards, seven touchdowns, and one interception, while former first-round pick Tyson Philpot sits second league-wide with 23 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns.

The Argonauts are also off to a hot start despite Kelly being away from the team as he serves a long suspension. Cameron Dukes, the team’s second-year quarterback, is the only CFL starter yet to record an interception this season, throwing for 468 yards and five touchdowns in wins over B.C. and Edmonton.

Ka’Deem Carey, the former CFL all-star running back who was signed away from the Calgary Stampeders this past off-season, sits second league-wide despite only playing two games with 35 carries for 169 yards and one touchdown.

The Montreal Alouettes (3-0) will visit the Toronto Argonauts (2-0) on Friday, June 28 with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. EDT.

The rest of the betting lines for Week 4 in the CFL are as follows.