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Alouettes, perfect against sub-.500 teams, eye win at Stampeders

Field Level Media
23 Sep 2023, 07:05 GMT+10

(Photo credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports)

The Montreal Alouettes have lost all seven of their games against the three top teams in the CFL this season. Conversely, they have won all six contests versus the clubs that currently reside with a below-.500 record.

With that in mind, the Alouettes (6-7) will look to snap a season-high, four-game losing skid on Saturday against the host Calgary Stampeders (4-9).

Montreal nearly pulled off a shocking upset of Toronto before squandering a late seven-point lead in a 23-20 setback to the defending Grey Cup champion Argonauts last Friday. The Alouettes now find themselves tied with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for second place in the East Division.

"There's no moral victories in professional sports and you want to win those games," Montreal coach Jason Maas told TSN690. "You were up against the best team in the East and the league, record-wise, and anytime you can give yourself a chance to win against a team like that, you have to feel good about it. I know we can (win these games) and we're right there on the cusp of it."

Cody Fajardo threw for 211 of his 274 yards passing in the second half against Toronto. He completed just 16 of 29 passes for 158 yards in the Alouettes' 25-18 win over the Stampeders in Montreal on July 30.

Calgary's Jake Maier threw two interceptions in that contest, including one that Kabion Ento returned for a touchdown.

Stampeders general manager/head coach Dave Dickenson said his team has its work cut out as it returns from a bye week. That said, the Alouettes are one of three 6-7 teams that Calgary potentially can catch for a playoff berth.

"We're definitely behind -- we get it," Dickenson said. "So you can't just keep potentially losing games you feel you can win. You gotta win those games, and then kind of let it happen. We are playing some opponents that are ahead of us and right ahead of us.

"We've got to find a way to win."

Stampeders running back Ka'Deem Carey (ankle) practiced in full on both Wednesday and Thursday and is available to play on Saturday. Wide receiver Markeith Ambles (knee) and defensive backs Tre Roberson (chest) and Darius Williams (shoulder) are questionable for Calgary.

The Alouettes have ruled out defensive lineman Marcus Valdez (ankle) for Saturday's contest. Running back William Stanback (hand) turned in three full practices and is in line to play for Montreal.

--Field Level Media

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