This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.cfl.ca/games/6279/ottawa-redblacks-vs-montreal-alouettes/#preview
Ottawa at Montreal
Monday, 1:00 p.m. ET
TREVOR HARRIS AND CO. HAVE WON FIVE OF THEIR LAST SIX CONTESTS (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Montreal Alouettes are the hottest team in the CFL, with five wins in their last six games.
It’s fair to say the Danny Maciocia and defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe have found the respect of the room since starting 1-3 when they took over from Khari Jones earlier this season.
Now with a winning record under Maciocia, the Alouettes are rarely blowing teams out but they are finding ways to win in the fourth quarter (or overtime).
The defence has allowed under 20 points in their last six games, which they were only able to do once in their first eight of the season. The Alouettes have gone from a 2-6 team to a team still having a shot at hosting the Eastern Final.
The Ottawa REDBLACKS come into the game with Bob Dyce taking over as head coach and as of right now, he’s still not sure who will be the playcaller on Monday. He’s done it before but he’s also the special teams coordinator, so it’ll be interesting to see how Ottawa gets organized this week.
And on top of all of that, the Alouettes could have William Stanback returning this week to run the ball.
PICK: MONTREAL (100 confidence bonus)
This the game I'm most looking forward to, even though it features a terrible Ottawa team.
I'm excited to see how Stanback bounces back, and how the Redblacks react to a new coach.
I'm also glad simply to see an early afternoon game in October. I hope the Als fans come out in strong numbers. They're team is putting together a nice run leading up to the playoffs.
Feels like a big trap game for my Als. Ottawa has hung points on us the past two times we've met and won the most recent of those games, to boot. Harris & co. are going to have to produce more points than they have in the past few games if we want to win this one and punch our ticket to hosting a playoff game.
Redblacks sign Quon Bray.
Als need to win that game, so we can have a chance to pass Toronto for the 1st place in the East.
I agree. We can't take these guys for granted. A new coach, they may be plying to impress or for a position for next year.
Every game from this point on is for real, serious and playoff prep.
The Alouettes can clinch a playoff spot:
No matter what happens in the other games in the CFL this weekend, an Alouettes win against Ottawa on Monday would clinch a playoff berth for the third season in a row. The Als would also be guaranteed a postseason game at home if they were to come away with a victory. That contest would either be on Nov. 6 or Nov. 13, and it would depend on whether the Als finished at the top of the division.
Going into Week 18, the Als find themselves just two points behind the Toronto Argonauts for first place. These two teams will go head-to-head twice on Oct. 22 in Montreal and on Oct. 29 in Toronto. There’s a good chance that the division crown will be determined at some point during those two weeks.
Even though they’re currently in second place, the Als should be feeling good about their chances.
The Als are on a roll:
The Als are rolling. Not only did Saturday’s win in Edmonton extend their winning streak to three games, but they’ve also been victorious in five of their last six outings.
They have found a way to take down desperate teams in the process. The BC Lions are battling for home-field advantage in the playoffs, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were fighting for their playoff lives, and the Elks still have a chance of making it to the postseason if they close the season out on a high note.
As mentioned above, the Als will get a pair of games against the Argos before the 2022 regular season comes to an end, but they will start by facing Ottawa in back-to-back games. After Monday’s clash, the teams will go head-to-head at TD Place on the following Friday.
Fan Appreciation Day:
Every season, we like to show you, the fans, that we appreciate your support. Next Monday, every fan in attendance will have an opportunity to win some incredible prizes.
What’s up for grabs?
2023 Montreal Alouettes season tickets, a trip to Barbados, a $500 gift card to the Alouettes team store, STM bus passes, an Atypique gift basket, and a Porc du Quebec gift pack are just a few of the prizes that you could win.
Let us reward you for coming out to the game!
Poutine Helmets are back:
The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived (again)! If you’re one of the fans that didn’t get your hands on the poutine helmets earlier this season, we’ve got good news for you.
Make sure you get to the stadium quickly though because quantities are very limited. Last time, fans waited outside Molson Stadium prior to the opening of the gates. You may have to arrive really early to get your hands on one!
This time, the helmet will be available at concessions with poutine but also in the stadium boutiques on its own! The choice is yours
Time to Tailgate:
For the second time this season, you’ll be able to participate in our pre-game tailgate, which will take place in the park next to Molson Stadium. The event will begin at 10:30 am on Game Day.
You can either bring your own food and cook it on one of the grills that we’ll provide for you, or you can purchase food and drinks on-site!
Great idea to provide grills. The Bombers have had a team run tailgating area (as well as fan run areas) for many years but as far as I am aware they don’t provide grills where people can cook their own food.
I thought this had already been decided on, but anyways it's big news.
It was probable that he'd be activated but not officially confirmed until now. Delighted to see this!
It is rough when a star goes down and the fans miss out on that players play. Good to see he is back thats hope he is 100%
That will give a huge boost to a team that is playing his best football of the season. We could be a dangerous team in the playoff !
As an Argos fan, I'll be watching carefully. Part of me wants the Als to excel for the good of the league and to see Stern enjoy some success. But the Argo fan in me doesn't want them to excel too much.
But hopefully we'll have a great Als-Argos East final this year.
New play caller this week:
Fingers crossed for some new wrinkles the schemes.
Add in a new "offensive consultant" to boot:
Arndt will have the advantage of surprise, in that Thorpe won't know his playcalling tendencies. But he's also in a very tough spot. Hoping that whatever skill he has as a playcaller doesn't manifest in this game.
Stanback discusses his injury: