By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
Montreal Alouettes @ Ottawa REDBLACKS
Friday, October 24th – 6:30PM EST
Montreal: 7-8, 4-game winning streak, 305 points for, 334 points against
Ottawa: 2-13, 2-game losing streak, 231 points for, 385 points against
Previous results: Week 14 – MTL won 15-7, Week 10 – MTL won 20-10
This season the Montreal Alouettes have had the REDBLACKS’ number due largely in part to their consistent defensive play. Much like the case with Toronto, when playing Henry Burris, a controlled pass-rush is necessary wherein blitzes are seldom used. What this does is creates pressure on Burris from the strong play of: John Bowman, Scott Paxson, Gabriel Knapton, Alan-Michael Cash and others, and leaves the linebacking corps to watch the inevitable pass game with will come from Ottawa’s veteran quarterback. After last week, the Montreal offence will look to clean up a few blown assignments and increase Jonathan Crompton’s completion rate. SJ Green and Brandon London both had stellar games last week, but look for Montreal to open up the rush against Ottawa this week.
The REDBLACKS need to address the elephant in the room when playing Montreal. They need to punch the Alouettes defensive line in the mouth and give Henry Burris time to make his reads. Regardless of which tailback is slated to start, he needs to be ready to have a 3-phase night in rushing, receiving, and perhaps most importantly; blocking. Ottawa’s defence will need to keep the young Montreal quarterback moving. Although Crompton has been successful in earning his team wins, he has also been shown to make errant passes under successfully blitzed-schemes. Should the REDBLACKS linebacking corps find its way into the Alouettes’ backfield, they will surely increase their odds of emerging victorious in this match.
The Alouettes are currently tied in first place among eastern teams. With Hamilton playing Toronto this week, one of 3 scenarios will likely play out. Should Montreal win, they retain first place regardless of the outcome in Toronto. Should the lose however, Hamilton can either create a 2-point buffer for first place or, move the Toronto Argonauts back into a 3-way tie atop the division. To remain in control of their own destiny, Montreal needs this win.
Montreal wins, but needs to earn every positive yard for 60-minutes. 27-16 Alouettes.