Wednesday, 4 July 2012

An early look at the Montreal Alouettes-Winnipeg Blue Bombers tilt

As the Montreal Alouettes prepare for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on a very short work week. Earlier in the calendar year I posed the question to some of the players could it be an issue playing three football games in a span of 13 days?

The general response I received was they will deal with what is given to them.

With one real day of practice, the coaching staff will have to maximize a week's worth of work preparation into small amount of time.

An Early Look

Last year, in a mid-September game, the Blue Bombers came into Molson Stadium and won a critical mid season match. From that point on it set the tone for the season as Winnipeg went on to win the division title.

There was a sour taste left in the mouths of the Alouettes players who at the time were enduring a rash of injuries that curtailed their season.

Heading into this Friday night's tilt, it will be imperative for the front seven of the Alouettes defense to get immediate pressure on a porous Blue Bombers offensive line and make it uncomfortable against Buck Pierce.

Pierce was sacked four times by the B.C. Lions front attack, and it begs the question could he endure an 18 game schedule without being sideline by an injury?

As for the Alouettes offense, there is no doubt that the Blue Bombers secondary feel confident that they would match up well with Montreal's receivers.

In-order for Anthony Calvillo to have any success it would be important to incorporate Brandon Whitaker. Whitaker had a quiet 45 total yards versus the Calgary Stampeders. He will surely be called upon to make more plays than he did last Sunday. In the three games last year against the Blue Bombers, Whitaker racked up 306 total yards from the line of scrimmage.

As mentioned in my previous article, the Alouettes have four division games before their bye week in the middle August. If they could go perfect during those meetings, it will set them up well for the second half of the season having an early tiebreaker advantage over their foes.

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