GAME HISTORY: Ottawa Redblacks on Montreal Alouettes

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OTTAWA REDBLACKS (2-11) at MONTREAL ALOUETTES (7-6)

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Friday at 19.30 at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium

TV: TSN, ESPN2

Web: TSN.ca/LIVE, TSN GO

Radio: TSN 1200, FM 104.7, SiriusXM Canada Channel 167 (EN) and 174 (FR)

The Line: Alouettes of 14

Weather: 1C, 10% chance of rain, wind 19W

FIVE THINGS TO SEE:

YEP, DEVONTE’S SPECIAL

In his last outing against Montreal, Redblack’s punt / kickoff returner DeVonte Dedmon had punctured at 69 and 47 yards before leaving the game with an injury. In a match in Montreal in 2019, he scored two return touchdowns – on a 111-yard kickoff return, the other on a 95-yard punt return. He has now set a CFL record with five kick-back touchdowns in his first 15 games, ahead of Gizmo Wiliams (who scored five in his first 18 games). With 207 combined yards per. match, Dedmon has the best average in the CFL this season.

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ANIMAL CONDITION

William Stanback is listed as 6 feet, 233 lbs., But it must seem like more when the runback gets on his feet. The Tiger-Cats did a good job of neutralizing him and kept him at 40 and 59 yards. Against Toronto on October 22, he ran in 203 yards. He averages 102.8 yards per carry. battle on earth. The last CFL player to average more than 100 yards per game was Jon Cornish in 2014 (120.2).

YOUNG QBs

Caleb Evans is listed as Redblacks’ starting QB. Evans was the starter in two previous games against Montreal. First, he completed 13 of 23 passes on 125 yards with an interception. Next time, he completed 12 of 23 passes on 145 yards with a touchdown pass and three interceptions. The Duck Hodges started the Redblacks’ final game – against Toronto – and completed 16 of 38 passes on 139 yards and an interception.

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NEXT MAN UP

Montreal’s Eugene Lewis may be CFL’s best receiver. He is number two in yards; with 964 he is nine after Winnipeg’s Kenny Lawler. And he is tied with teammate Jake Wieneke for the league lead in TD receptions (nine). Lewis is not playing on Friday, he is on the list of injured in one game. Players like Wieneke, Quan Bray, Reggie White Jr., Dante Absher and Keon Julien-Grant will have to step up.

JORDAN IS BACK

Jordan Smallwood, who at 6-foot-2 gives the Redblacks a certain height on the receiver, started the first two games of the season (a catch for nine yards) and was injured (hoarding). He returns Friday and starts at slotback in front of Anthony Coombs.

KEY MATCHUP:

Alouettes QB Trevor Harris vs. Redblack’s defense

Harris was with the Redblacks from 2016-18. He signed with Edmonton as a free agent in 2019, and was then sent to Als a month ago. He has a talented receiving corps and William Stanback, perhaps the best running back in the CFL. He started (and lost) the first game of this season against Ottawa and threw for 333 yards, but he was also intercepted three times. He was injured and missed the second loss to Ottawa. In his only start against his former team in 2019, he passed for 327 yards, and Edmonton won a 16-12 squeaker, failing on three third-down gambles.

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REMARKS:

The Redblacks are 0-5 after a goodbye week from 2019-21 and 4-12 since they were an expansion team in 2014. Montreal have also beaten Ottawa all three times the teams have played this season. Als have beaten Redblacks six of the last seven times they have played… Redblacks LB Avery Williams is third in the CFL in tackles with 83, behind only Calgary’s Darnell Sankey (89) and BCs Jordan Williams (87)… Montreal’s Alexandre Gagne has 17 special teams tackles, second only to Winnipeg’s Mike Miller, who has 23… Ottawa’s RJ Harris has caught passes in 27 games in a row and 40 of his last 41… If Montreal loses, it will finish in third place and travel to Hamilton in the Eastern semi-finals next weekend. But a win over Ottawa forces Hamilton to win Saturday against Saskatchewan to win the home advantage. The visiting team has won three of the last four Eastern Semifinals.

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OUR BANKS: Redblacks 23, Alouettes 22

First, I think they can cover the span of 14 points. But choose them for direct win? It makes no sense. The Redblacks have only won two games, both against Edmonton. They lose six games. The game means nothing to them in the standings … and Montreal need a win to keep the hopes of the home playoff game alive. So call it a hint or maybe just wishful thinking.

STATISTICS PACKAGE:

Ottawa

Point for 15.8 (9th)

Points against 28.2 (9.)

Yards Passing 196 (9th)

Yards Rushing 90 (6th)

Cybercrime 261 (9th)

Cybercrime against 374 (9th)

Montreal

Point for 25.2 (2.)

Point mod 22.0 (5.)

Yards Passes 245 (7th)

Yards Rushing 146 (1.)

Cybercrime 372 (1st)

Net violation against 295 (2nd)

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