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CFL Week 3 Preview: Alouettes vs Stampeders

The Alouettes won a big season opener last week in Edmonton, beating a team that many had pegged as the favorite to win this season’s Grey Cup. The STampeders are in trouble. Here we look at both teams, and see where they stack up.

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Montreal Alouettes

The Alouettes came into Week 2 as green as a newly born baby. A lot of new players, starting a week later than everyone else, and not exactly what to expect from any of the 3 aspects of their game. It didn’t take long to find out how well they could play.

By halftime, Montreal had built a 20-3 lead on the arm of QB Vernon Adams, and the rushing of RB William Stanback. The defense did their part, although the Elks got off to a fast start, taking the lead 3-0. Elks QB Trevor Harris was sacked 4 times, and held to just 1 passing TD.

WRs BJ Cunningham and Jake Wieneke both had monster 40+ yard plays for scores, Stanback had a 20 yard run on the way to a 112-yard night. Big plays helped the ALs take home the win.

They have to continue this to win at Calgary, despite where they sit right now in the defensive rankings. ANy of these teams can show up in big ways at any time. The defense will be facing a rookie QB in Jake Maier, with Bo Levi Mitchell missing time due to a leg injury.

Calgary Stampeders

The Stampeders are potentially in some trouble. QB Bo Levi Mitchell is out due to a leg injury, and the team announced on Thursday that rookie QB Jake Maier will get the start.

After 2 games, Calgary sits 6th in the league, averaging 271 yards and just 1 TD per game, while defensively they rank 4th. WR Kamar Jorden has had a great start to the year, and that must continue. Through 2 games, Jorden has 153 receiving yards including 3 plays over 30 yards, and 1 TD.

RB Ka’Deem Carey has to also continue his jump with 123 yards so far to help out his rookie QB.

Defensively, they have to create pressure on Adams. Three total QB sacks, and 1 forced fumble so far. They’ll need to be able to do more against an offense built to score quickly, and do it often.

They’re not out of the shot yet, but a big game here to correct the slide is definitely needed to keep the Stamps on track.

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