The Montreal Alouettes played their best game from start to finish on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Molson Stadium as they defeated the Calgary Stampeders 31-15 to get back in a tie for first spot in the East Division.
Now, let be clear about one thing. The Stampeders weren’t at their best – they were missing quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, running back Jon Cornish, receiver Marquay McDaniel and defensive linemen Charleston Hughes and Demonte Bolden. However, they orchestrated a comeback last week in Toronto without much of those same players.
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The Alouettes dominated the game. It was close early in the third quarter, but those were the only two drives that ended with touchdowns for Calgary. They moved the ball, and if they weren’t forced to settle for field goals three times, the score could have been even higher.
Frankly, if this is the team the Alouettes have become, they can make a real run at this thing. They ran the ball, Jonathan Crompton looked incredible and even Tanner Marsh made some plays as the Alouettes started their two-quarterback change of pace offence.
Duron Carter looked like the star receiver he is, and S.J. Green made catches when he needed to. James Rodgers looks like a Pinball Clemons clone and is dangerous no matter how he has the ball in his hands.
And that defence. Man, that defence. They didn’t get the sacks they usually do – but, late in the game they finally did get to Drew Tate. The Stampeders have beat some good teams without Mitchell and without Cornish but the Alouettes swarmed all over the Stampeders.
The Alouettes, now 4-8, don’t only have to worry about their East opponents, but need to be careful not to end up in third spot because they would then be able to be passed by the fourth place team in the West should they have a better record and cross over.
Like I said before, this wasn’t Calgary at their best, but they put up 31 points after failing to score any touchdowns except for a touchdown on the last play of the game in their season opener. Sure, they were missing players, but not to that extent. This is a different Alouettes team.
I said just earlier this week that I didn’t know if Crompton was the answer, but after a 20/28 day with 2 TDs and 0 interceptions is a pretty darn good day and by far his most consistent game start to finish this season.
If he continues to get comfortable and the offence continues to improve, this may finish off to be a better season than anyone would have thought about a month or two ago.