Als put giving back in Thankgiving, lose 27-22
The Als were all too gracious hosts on Thanksgiving. Six turnovers on the menu for Winnipeg. Montreal made a valiant comeback bid but it was too little too late to wipe the smile off a 3rd string quarterback's face named Joey Elliott.
Coach Trestman says he was "extremely bitter" calling it an "emotional" very unacceptable" loss. That's tough talk from a coach who often puts the bravest face on defeat, or tends to accept blaim for his players.
Alouette players insist there are no cracks in the team's confidence but there sure are cracks in the defense. They failed to come up with big pressure on Elliott, who had a career day throwing for 3 touchdowns (he had only 2 TD passes all season) and sacking him only twice (both times by Alan-Michael Cash in the 1st half, 0 in the 2nd half.)
Brandon London had a career day 9 catches for 170 yards after vowing to CJAD 800 that he had demons to chase from being held to only 1 reception in Hamilton last week. London scored the only TD pass Calvillo threw, late in the 4th quarter.
Calvillo looked to London again in the final minute with a long bomb down the right sideline in close coverage, the kind of play London's been making all season, but it was picked off.
The Als slip to 8-6, facing the Argos next Sunday in Toronto (you can qualify to roadtrip with the Als all this week at 8:25AM on the Andrew Carter Morning Show) starting with a 12:30 Countdown to Opening Kickoff.
The Als' injury woes worsened when kick-returner Trent Guy, the CFL special teams player of the week for 2 weeks running, was knocked out by a concussion.
The best defense is sometimes a time-munching offense. Winnipeg kept Anthony Calvillo off the field for 6:28 by marching from their own 15-yard line for an opening drive field goal.
Then the Als fumbled not once but twice in the 1st quarter, both times recovered by the Bombers before Joey Elliott hit Terence Edwards for a long TD catch.
Bo Bowling caught a break when his fumble into the Winnipeg endzone was ruled down at the 1, before Adrian McPherson ran it in himself. But Victor Anderson fumbled as the Als mounted a 4th quarter comeback giving up the ball with under 7 minutes remaining and the Bombers up by 11.
The Bombers' Joey Elliott threw another TD pass to a wide open Chris Mathews. Elliott's pair of TD's in the first half doubled his season total.
The Alouettes faced a Thanksgiving dilemma before kicking off against the Blue Bombers. Chris Jennings had a sore groin that kept him out of some practises this week, but is part of the gameplan offensively. Jennings told CJAD before kickoff he'd tough it out and play.
Anthony Calvillo is trying at snap a 3-game slip during which time he's completed only 52% of his passes. AC threw his 10th interception in the endzone before halftime, the 3rd Als' giveaway of the opening half.
Sean Whyte got his FG % back up over 80, going 3/3 to draw Montreal to within a point of the Bombers early in the 3rd.
Anthony Calvillo passed Damon Allen for alltime passing attempts at 9,138 early in the 4th quarter. He already holds the record for most TDs, passing yards and completions.