CFL Match Ups – Saskatchewan @ Montreal

By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee

Week 16 - MTL-SSK

 

The Game

Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Montreal Alouettes

Monday, October 13th – 1PM EST

The History

Saskatchewan: 9-5, 2-game losing streak, 320 points for, 320 points against

Montreal: 5-8, 2-game winning streak, 245 points for, 313 points against

Previous results: Week 8 Saskatchewan beat Montreal 16-11.

The Match-Up

As of late the east is heating up, and riding this trend is the Montreal Alouettes offence. Under the guide of quarterback Jonathan Crompton, the angry birds have begun to show signs of real competitiveness against the once-dominant western division. Against the Roughriders, Montreal will need to develop a concise game-plan as all decisions will be forced with defensive-line pressure on the Alouettes’ offensive backfield. Look for 2-way Whitaker to be used in a diverse manner to keep the pass-rush from Saskatchewan guessing. Defensively the Alouettes need to continue playing the way they’ve played all season. Saskatchewan’s pass game is slowly returning, but look for a resurgence of the 3-headed monster in Anthony Allen, Jerome Messam, and Will Ford. Bear Woods, Chip Cox, and Marc-O Brouillette will need to be aware of the possibility that Roughriders may break the initial level of Montreal defenders.

With one of their franchise players still on the mend, the Roughriders need to start nickeling-and-diming some victories to remain a threat for the 2014 post-season. Last week, in relief for Seth Doege, Tino Sunseri came back into the fold and performed quite admirably against the Stampeders. Regardless of who starts, Saskatchewan needs to establish high-efficiency passes early on so they can return to the era of their running backs’ dominant second-halves. After a record-setting pace early, the Roughriders’ defensive line has been less than imposing as of late. Expect a big game out of marquee defenders like John Chick, Ricky Foley, and Tearrius George. They will be playing a large portion of the game, and should now be doing so with chips on their shoulders.

The Implications

Despite a losing slide, the Roughriders still find themselves tied for second in the western division. Should Saskatchewan assert themselves against the Alouettes, they still may find themselves ending up in the top-2 of the CFL. Montreal has much the same fate in the east as only a game separates them and the Tiger-Cats in first-place. As Hamilton takes on Toronto (who sits tied with Montreal at 5 wins), a win is crucial in determining which team is in danger of being knocked out by the imminent western crossover.

The Prediction

Montreal and Saskatchewan trade blows for a narrow 24-21 Montreal victory.

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