CFL: The Alouettes don’t expect to face the same Roughriders on Saturday

RDS and RDS Direct will broadcast the game between the Alouettes and the Roughriders on Saturday from 7 p.m.

From their first offensive possession, the Alouettes managed to get into the number zone. However, Trevor Harris suffered a quarterback sack on the second deficit and Montreal had to settle for a field goal to open the scoring.

Then, late in the first quarter, the Alouettes’ defense missed cover at the expense of Mitchell Picton. He took the opportunity to catch a pass from Cody Fajardo in the end zone to put the riders ahead.

But the Alouettes had more than one trick up their sleeves. In the seconds that followed, Chandler Worthy returned a punt 84 yards to restore Montreal’s lead. Worthy scored a touchdown on a return for the second straight game.

With 70 seconds remaining in the first half, Riders kicker Brett Lauther hit a long field goal from 57 yards to reduce the lead to 13-11.

Saskatchewan quickly left the charge behind for the 3rd quarter. Jamal Morrow hit a 12-yard run to reach the end zone and restore the Roughriders’ four-point lead.

The Riders returned to work in the middle of the shift. Fajardo snapped a quarterback sneak, then Saskatchewan made a two-point conversion to take a 25-13 lead.

As if that wasn’t enough, Fajardo joined Kian Schaffer-Baker for a 44-yard touchdown that extended Saskatchewan’s lead to 31-13.

BEFORE THE GAME

MONTREAL – Playing the same team two weeks in a row requires a completely different preparation. That’s what the Montreal Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will experience on Saturday.

The Alouettes (1-2) absolutely cannot trust what the Riders (2-1) showed them as a pattern of play in Montreal’s 37-13 win last Thursday at Percival Molson Stadium.

“The past should not be taken for granted; We need to reset the counter, analyzed offensive line coach Luc Brodeur-Jourdain. Winning teams do this: they flip through the past and only care about the future. We expect more pressure from them: since the beginning of the season they have shown more blitz, more pressure. They played more cautiously against us. »

“You have to look at them as two completely different games,” said guard Kristian Matte. There will always be changes in formations due to injuries or other reasons. But even if it’s the same team, it’s different. On the other hand, we start to see trends: we’ll know a little bit about how they do things, but for them it’s the same. »

Head coach Khari Jones saw things differently.

“Teams are what they are: there are certain games you schedule and certain things you do automatically,” he noted. They know a little bit about what we’re going to do and we know what they’re going to do, but it’s clear there will be differences. It’s the team that plays best, that executes the best, that wins.

“I’m sure he has games on both sides that weren’t used in the first game. And there are also things that we discovered in this game. We’ll do our best and hope that’s enough. »

home advantage

The home game against the drivers at Mosaic Stadium over Canada Day weekend promises to be another challenge for the Alouettes.

“It’s charging; It’s going to be a party, said André Bolduc, the assistant head coach. It’s your job there: you take care of your team. It is expected to be crowded and noisy.

“We will have to endure the noise, the cheers of the crowd for the first five minutes. Then they will sit down. We’d enjoy having a good, sustained first streak or forcing them to pedal fast. »

“Playing there is always difficult with their new stadium and the noise,” admitted Jones. But I love playing in this atmosphere, I think our players appreciate that too. In the end, two teams play football and everything around it is not that important. We have to do what we have to do. »

The Alouettes have also taken the necessary steps to prepare for all that noise, training among crowds throughout the week.

“We’ve been working on quiet cadences like we always do before a game in Regina, Winnipeg or Ottawa: places where crowds can be an issue,” said quarterback Trevor Harris. It can be a problem when center and offense don’t get along, but football is football. »

“It’s expected to be noisy, especially after the week they had last week,” Matte added. It’s always hard to play in Saskatchewan, and it’s always hard to win two games in a row against the same team. On the communication side, we’ve been practicing with a lot of noise all week. »

The Alouettes will use their first week off of the season after this game before returning home for their July 14 matchup against the Edmonton Elks.

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