Anthony Calvillo may have to throw six touchdowns a game in order to win but says the Alouettes are on the verge of breaking out this season.
The great thing with half the league on a bye is there’s a reasonable chance we can’t get three wrong this week. Our latest attempt at infamy:
Montreal at Winnipeg 5:30 p.m.
There’s a presumed responsibility with being the leader on an offence, which may explain why Anthony Calvillo has being playing the role of philosopher king in what now has been the lowest point for the Alouettes at this stage of a season in four years.
“You’ve’ got to be in the locker room to understand the feeling,” Calvillo told the Montreal ’Gazette this week after his team dropped below .500 last week at home against Toronto. “We feel all phases are improving. There’s a belief we can get this done. There are no more question marks of can we? I have a sense. It’s hard to explain. You have to be in the locker to see how we responded to the loss.”
You may have to be on the locker room, but when they’re on the field it’s quite obvious the Alouettes can’t stop a beach ball on defence. The good news for this week at least is that they have a proven quarterback and the team they are playing does not.
Alex Brink gets the start again for Winnipeg, still on the trial of his life at least until Buck Pierce can get healthy one more time. That alone should tell you who should become the betting favourite in this one. Province pick: Alouettes.
B.C. at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Let’s see: The Blue Jays are in the middle of a 10-game road trip. The Rogers Centre is empty. Why not have a CFL game at dinner time at the end of a long weekend? Who is marketing this team, Bryan Colangelo and Brian Burke? We can only hope the Argos were told by their network godfathers there was no other Olympic alternative other than to give the poor fans of Toronto another reason not to attend their games.
Thing is though, there’s actually plenty of reason to show up to support the Argos because from Jim Barker on down this team has done its job, lacking only a little consistency. Ricky Ray has figured out the offence Scott Milanovich wants to run and suddenly just about every receiver in the lineup looks like a bonafide threat.
The game features the top two offensive and defensive teams in the league at the moment. Toronto slammed the door on the Alouettes defensively last week and the Argos haven’t missed a beat since losing Noel Prefontaine when they sounded his all-name team replacement, Swayze Waters.
B.C. did a masterful job silencing Larry Taylor last week in Calgary but doing it two weeks running with Chad Owens seems like a bit much. Province pick: Argos
Last week: 1-3 Season record: 10-10