Five thoughts on Alouettes upset win

1) Action Jackson: Ernest Jackson’s physicality and athleticism were on display as he bookended the game with big-time plays. On the first offensive snap of the contest, Jackson ran over a Calgary defensive back Tommie Cambell (six-foot-three, 203 pounds), knocked him to the ground and made an over the shoulder grab on a touch pass from Darian Durant and took it 80 yards. That reception alone was more than Jackson’s season total in receiving yardage entering Week 4. And late in the fourth quarter, with Jackson matched in one-on-one coverage with Ciante Evans, who already had an interception, Durant put up a 50/50 ball and the six-foot-two, 220-pounder lept and stole the ball away from the defender, essentially taking the ball off his helmet for a miraculous 21-yard gain.

That was a crucial moment on what proved to be the game-winning touchdown drive. Jackson totalled four catches for 118 yards, his first 100-yard receiving game with the Alouettes. Montreal head coach Jacques Chapdelaine wanted to get the reigning East Division Most Oustanding Player the football more and it really helped the Als get a huge win.

2) Angry Birds on D: Noel Thorpe’s group made Bo Levi Mitchell earn nearly every yard (379) Calgary amassed through the air. Montreal mixed up looks on defence and were tight in coverage consistently over 60 minutes. Rookie cover man Branden Dozier had a strong effort, the fumble return touchdown sticks out most obviously, but he was knocking passes down and making sure tackles (7). Kavis Reed liked him early on in training camp and Dozier is living up to the advanced billing. And the angry bird himself, Kyries Hebert was stellar with six tackles and a couple times getting his hands on Mitchell pass attempts.

3) Nimble Durant: The 34-year-old moved around well and used his legs to pick up yardage when made the decision to do so. Darian Durant had four carries for 20 yards, including two first downs, even lowering his shoulder to ensure the chains moved on one carry, it showed he still had some dual-threat abilities. It seemed like Durant was more comfortable in Chapdelaine’s offence, moving around the pocket and surveying the field, and the statistics supported that. Durant had his best completion percentage game (hitting 17-of-22 passes for 77.3%) and passing yardage effort (296) as an Alouette.

4) Canadian safety: Many thought before the season, especially after Ryan Phillips was signed by Montreal, that the Alouettes would go American at safety and possibly play a Canadian at linebacker, but Chris Ackie stepped up in training camp and earned the trust of Thorpe. That paid off in a large way on Friday night when Ackie poked the ball loose from Jerome Messam sparking an Alouettes defensive touchdown. It angered Messam so much that he took out his frustrations on Chip Cox and got ejected from the game. The Wilfrid Laurier product displayed awareness by getting the football out and it could be a sign of more plays to come from the freakishly athletic Canuck safety.

5) Ground and pound: Montreal’s league-leading rushing attack produced a season-best 143 yards on 26 attempts (5.5 yards per carry average) and two touchdowns. Tyrell Sutton led the way with 17 carries for 85 yards (5 yards per carry average) and one touchdown. His low-to-the-ground running style makes him tough to bring down and he’s elusive in the hole too. Sutton paces all running backs with 295 yards.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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27 Comments on Five thoughts on Alouettes upset win

  1. Ticat Mike // July 15, 2017 at 11:48 am //

    The Alouettes know how to build good football teams. Great talent on the O and D lines. Their front 4 applies great pressure. Solid hard hitting LBs and DBs who can cover and tackle. An offense that keeps it simple and smart — pounding the ball on the ground, utilizing a short passing plays with effective blocking in front, and some strategic long balls. Solid QB in Durant doesnt hurt to execute. Meanwhile back in Austin land — we’re not quite evolving, possibly devolving as any kind of team.

  2. Hors E Power // July 15, 2017 at 12:16 pm //

    As wonderful as the CFL is, sometimes the stronger teams have to boost the weaker teams. That was the case last night ,15 uncalled holds, 11 uncalled off sides, 5 uncalled procedures. Calgary was the sacrificial lamb.

    • Oh please, give me a break. Get off your high, Hors.

    • Horsepie. Any kick returns for TD called back? Cause I know how that feels. ;). Calgary lost in a good contest have a little character and give the ALs credit.

    • I get it now. You’re more than a cowtown fan, you’re a groupie. A “Stamp Tramp”!! They lost, simple as that.

      • Hors E Power // July 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm //

        Very cleaver Rico, First entertaining meaningful thing I’ve heard you say on here

    • You are delusional. They lost for sh*t sake…..quit dreaming up effing excuses for the better team winning. Go feed your horse

      • Hors E Power // July 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm //

        I didn’t dream any of it. It’s on film. There is a general hate for Alberta with is sad. Alberta has been the economic engine of this county and allowed Quebec and the Feds with welfare money. Yet for some reason there is an anti oil movement.
        Don’t bite the hand that feeds

    • Hor. E Power You’re mentally can be placed on the sharp point of a needle. What a bunch of B.S

      • Hors E Power // July 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm //

        Thank you Blue 18. Not to sound conceded but you are not the first person to call me sharp!!

    • …and Earnest Jackson is Jumpin’ Jack Flash to win the game.

    • doobzacheria // July 15, 2017 at 11:20 pm //

      Yup, Calgary lost because of the refs. Sure. There’s a [email protected][email protected]#@#$#$%@#@%

      Or maybe, Calgary wasn’t that good. Montreal was hungry for a win. Doubles was hungry for a win. And they won!

      But it’s the refs. Sure. Maybe the moon was in the wrong position too?

      Bo Levi is probably stricken with grief now, damning the goddamn refs and the goddamn moon!!!

      • doobzacheria // July 15, 2017 at 11:26 pm //

        Really Horsie?!?!?! it’s a hatred for Alberta? Fack, I wish I had what you was drinking cause it makes you loopy! I’m going to say this, the CFL does not have anything against Alberta. With Bo and Mike being the best QB’s in the league (Mike is better, Bo is overrated), they would be stupid to be against Alberta. Jesus, for a guy that calls conspiracy theories against Sask you should really check your effing head.

  3. mr62cats // July 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm //

    I’m glad to see credit being given to Jacques Chapdelaine.He has been hanging around the league for a long time watching many other assistant coaches being promoted to HC before him. Good to see that the Al’s gamble is paying off so quickly. Earlier this year, many of us thought Ottawa would be the strongest team in the East this season followed by us, the Blue team and then Montreal. That situation has changed very quickly because of two major HC changes. Looks like the Tiger-Cats are stuck with the same old…..or worse. And many of our problems were there before the injuries to some key players.

  4. CFLs Best since 1990 // July 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm //

    I couldn’t understand why the Als weren’t pounding the ball up the middle earlier in the game… the Stamps D-front is decimated with injuries, it only makes sense. Worked out for them being able to take advantage later in game, but I’m not sure they’ll have the same success against teams with an intact starting D-Line. In fact, kudos to the Stamps for continuing to pressure the QB and keeping the run game to a 5.5 yds/carry average, as Sutton is a good RB and earned extra yards throughout the game. Still a close loss despite the decimated defense, so there’s plenty of room for improvement on the Stamps.

  5. pantsonfire // July 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm //

    You can’t win them all. 19 is enough. Look, a better reason they lost is they have a ton of injuries. Take Law & Hughes out & you’re going to have a drop off. To me the Stamps look out of sync. They gave up a ton of yards to Ottawa the 1st 2 games on defence – their DB’s haven’t played particularly well & Mitchell this year has had stretches where he hasn’t played well. Fact is they haven’t played well enough to win going away & arguably should have lost that 1st game in Ottawa. When you are undefeated in 19 straight games, you’re living on borrowed time.

  6. Wow Hors E Power … I have always enjoyed reading your posts because I assumed you were very knowledgeable as well as a great supporter for your team and the CFL. Being from Lions territory I often wished we had some more dedicated Lions fans like you BUT when you come out with a stupid post … stating that the CFL deliberately conspired against the Stamps by not calling 31 penalties you lose all credibility!

  7. Jackson is amazing.Jackson’s leaping catch makes him the atomic Jumpin’Jack flash of the league!! THRILL…CHILL to behold.

  8. The Als had 14 penalties and Durant threw 2 picks. Calgary lost this game and the Als won it plain and simple.

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