Slumping Als hope to turn it around against surging Roughriders
A struggling Anthony Calvillo (left) goes up against a surging Darian Durant in Regina Saturday at 4 p.m. (CP file photos)
Published Saturday, August 17, 2013 2:29PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 17, 2013 2:58PM EDT
The struggling Montreal Alouettes (2-4) go into Regina as underdogs, as they take on the first-place Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-1) in front of a sell-out crowd of over 40,000 at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Both teams lost last week, but the Als were particularly embarrassed in a sloppy display, as they turned over the ball seven times in a lopsided 38-13 home loss to the Toronto Argonauts just days after they shifted blame for the season’s poor results on recently-fired head coach Dan Hawkins.
Things have been looking quite different for the league-leading Roughriders where quarterback Darian Durant had been steered his team to an undefeated season until last week’s 42-27 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.
The Alouettes, led by soon-to-be 41-year-old QB Anthony Calvillo, sit dead last in the league in several offensive categories, including net offensive yards, passing, first downs and touchdowns.
Punt returning specialist Noel Devine, who fumbled three times in his last outing, has been scratched due to injury and will be replaced by Tyrone Carrier.
Alouettes’ offensive coordinator Doug Berry has been putting in extra hours trying to get the team to score more points and former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith has also come on board to help out at quarterback if needed, but he is not expected to play in the foreseeable future.
Further hampering the Alouettes hopes of putting points up is the fact that Saskatchewan has been impressive on defence, having only ceded eight touchdown passes all season.