MONTREAL – Coaches around the league always stress the importance of winning divisional games, but this week’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa REDBLACKS in Quebec seems to carry even more weight.
The two teams have split a pair of heated contests; Ottawa beat the Als 28-13 in Montreal back in Week 2, and the Als returned the favour with a 43-19 hammer job on the REDBLACKS in the nation’s capital in Week 9.
The Als want to win this 3-game serie against the REDBLACKS
After planting a 24-point margin of victory on the REDBLACKS two weeks ago, the Als returned home and loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers by the score of 32 – 18 last week.
Montreal’s bread and butter this season has been defence, surrendering the fewest points (218) in the East Division.
Despite his team’s recent success against Ottawa, Thorpe understands the REDBLACKS’ offence visiting Montreal this week is quite different than the one his team limited to 19 points two weeks ago.
“They’ve got some new additions; Trevor Harris at quarterback, he had an outstanding game last week,” Thorpe told MontrealAlouettes.com. “They do an outstanding job distributing the ball, and (offensive lineman) J’Michael Deane’s came back from injury and solidified them up front.”
Montreal’s versatile front seven is anchored by league tackle leader Chip Cox (66 tackles) and defensive end John Bowman (four sacks), and understands the challenge in front of it.
“We know who they are and they know who we are: I expect it to be a good fight,” said Als linebacker Kyries Hebert. “Harris is a great field general and doesn’t turn the ball over, (and) No. 80 (Chris Williams) is probably the fastest player in the CFL, so we’ll have to know where he is at all times.”
On the offensive side of the football, Montreal will be hoping for a bounce-back performance from veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn.
Slotback B.J. Cunningham will likely have to shoulder the brunt of Carter’s targets, while recently-signed national receiver Seydou Junior Haidara could pick up his first reception as an Alouette.
Also, a win would advantage the Alouettes if a tiebreaker between Ottawa and Montreal was required at the end of the regular season.
The Mark’s Labour Day weekend game between the Ottawa REDBLACKS and the Alouettes is set to take place tonight at McGill’s stadium. Do not miss this third match up, as the Alouettes will host their lumberjack rivals at McGill’s stadium for the last time this regular season. Game presented by Budweiser.
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Come and join the party tonight starting at 5:30 p.m.!