Alouettes @ Rouge et Noir 2019-11-01

Per RDS, Ciante Evans and John Bowman should be back … Campbell likely out (focusing on having him easy for playoffs) … Mario Alford too … Quan Bray, Martin Bedard and William Stanback may not play.

Man, it would be GREAT news to have Evans back! Been wondering about him for weeks now. If true, that automatically makes our secondary a ton better.

Team also announced the signing of Marcellus Pippins and OL Donald Hawkins to the Practice Roster. Hawkins played 8 games with 8 different teams in the NFL before trying the AAF this year. AAF lasted a total of 8 weeks, and Hawkins was with 4 teams. Yet, he never dressed for a single game.

Ty Cranston goes to the Injured List while Jean-Gabriel Poulin returns.

I think the best thing about this piece is Khari referring to John Bowman taking a “John Bowman day” with a smile on his face! ;D

Jake Weineke is the Als nominee for most outstanding rookie. Would have given the nomination to Quan Bray.

Bray wasn’t eligible Johnny because of his time in the NFL.

Thanks Sheldon! Didn’t know that. Thought any CFL rookie was eligible.

“À moins d’un revirement spectaculaire, John Bowman, Quan Bray, DeVier Posey, Martin Bédard et Chris Matthews ne seront pas en uniforme pour la dernière rencontre de la saison régulière, vendredi à Ottawa.”

Matyews is one that surprises me … Bray is already out … unless he has an injury of some sort … OR … they want a look at some new guy.

I have no issue with them not playing. Rest up boys.

Per an earlier story Matthews has some kind of minor injury.

Same. If we’d had a better distribution of bye weeks I’d want more people playing. But given how long ago our last bye was, compared to most other teams, I think Khari is smart to rotate starters out.

Let’s hope Ackie is ready for the East semi final!

As well as most of the others - particularly Posey, Bray, Bowman, Campbell.

The Esks weakness is their DBs so we will need our receivers.

DB Ciante Evans (from 6-game Injured List and missed 5 games)
LB Jean-Gabriel Poulin (from 6-game Injured List and missed 8 games)
LB Henoc Muamba (from 1-game Injured List)
DL Lord Hyeamang (from Practice Roster)
OL Donald Hawkins (signed this week)
WR Malcolm Carter (from Practice Roster)
RB William Stanback (from 1-game Injured List)
RB Jarveon Williams (from Practice Roster)
FB Hugo Richard (from Practice Roster)
WR Kaion Julien-Grant (from 1-game Injured List)

DB Ty Cranston (to 1-game Injured List?)
DB Aarion Maxey-Penton (to Practice Roster?)
LB Chris Ackie (to 1-game Injured List?)
DL John Bowman (to 1-game Injured List?)
WR Chris Matthews (to 1-game Injured List?)
RB Jeremiah Johnson (to 1-game Injured List?)
RB Christopher Amoah (to Practice Roster?)
FB Etienne Moisan (to 1-game Injured List?)
WR Quan Bray (to 1-game Injured List?)
LS Martin Bedard (to 1-game Injured List?)

CFL WEEK #21 - Team Notes & Trends - Game #87 Montréal at Ottawa

  • With a win Montreal can finish with their first .500+ W-L record since 2012 (11-7) and their first at .500 or better since 2014 (9-9).

  • Montreal’s has 4 more wins than last year - their largest year-over-year increase since 2009 (15 wins over 11 in '08).

  • Ottawa won 11 games in 2018 and has just 3 in 2019. This -8 decrease is the largest in Ottawa football history (-7 from 1969 to 1970)

  • The REDBLACKS come in on the longest losing streak in their 6 years and the longest by any Ottawa club since 1988-89 (11 in a row).

  • Montreal’s defence does NOT have a TD this year - the first time in almost 50 years. The last time they had no Def. TDs was in 1970.

  • Montreal’s 20 Rushing TDs however are their most since they had 22 in 2005.

  • Montreal looks to stop a 3-game road losing streak - their last road win was on Aug 25/19 at Toronto.

  • The REDBLACKS have just one home win (1-7) and must win to avoid the poorest CFL home record since 2013 (EDM, WPG were 1-8).

  • Als alternating persists … Montreal was alternated winning and losing across their last 8 games. No 2-game streaks of either kind.

  • Will Arndt has started the last 3 games and gotten better as each week progresses. He has not thrown an INT in his last 62 attempts.

  • With Vernon Adams Jr. starting at QB Montreal is 9-5 in 2019, without him they are 0-3 - Montreal has trailed heading in to the 4th Quarter 8 times in 2018 and come back to win 5 of those games.

  • Across the last 8 games, Ottawa has only 6 TD drives in a total of 142 possessions (4%) and just one in their last 33 drives.

  • At 88%, Boris Bede has his best FG mark since his rookie year (90%). He has made 16 FGs in a row, 2 short of his longest ever.

  • The Als are 7-0 this year when they have a better 2nd down conversion % than the opposition, and 2-8 when they do not.

  • Ottawa’s Kevin Brown registered a career-best 10 defensive tackles last week.

  • Brad Sinopoli has now reached 501 receptions for his career after 4 more last week.

  • If Vernon Adams Jr. plays in this game he will have a chance at his first 4,000 yard passing season. He needs 184 yards to get to 4K.

  • Jeremiah Johnson rushed for 105 yards last week, his second 100-yard game in 2019 the 8th of his career.

  • Quan Bray has now scored a touchdown in the last 3 games and 6 in total in 2019.

Is 10-8 not also a .500+ W/L record?

From this story on the Als QB meetings, Khari not happy with Matthews route running in practice.

Mais ce n’est rien comparativement à l’erreur commise par Chris Matthews. Même s’il est un vétéran, il ne termine pas un tracé de manière adéquate et ça n’échappe pas à Jones.

«Je dois parler à Chris plus tard parce qu’il continue de le faire», a noté Jones.

That’s one of the best Alouettes stories I’ve read in the past five years. Wow. Worth reading from start to finish. Good for Leblanc.

I mentioned that issue when the Als picked him up. If you watched him live he was
“iffy” in his route running to say the least. Like Duron Carter’s long lost twin. I think they both think that Randy Moss was the model to follow.