Are the Montreal Alouettes a playoff team? The Alouettes are currently riding high on a 2-game winning streak having defeated the rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the then undefeated reigning Grey Cup champions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers. These 2 victories were from a combined 4 points but nonetheless have brought the Alouettes back into the CFL’s playoff race.
The Alouettes had a bye week this week and with the Toronto Argonaut’s dominant win over the Tiger-Cats the Argonauts were able to secure sole position of 1st place in the East Division. Even with the bye this week the Alouettes sit only 1 game back of the Argonauts for 1st place and a guaranteed first round bye in the playoffs.
The problem is the East Division has been inferior to the West Division this season and the Argonauts are presently the only team in the East with a .500 record. The Alouettes have a favourable schedule ahead of them though. Their next 3 games will all be home games. They will play the lowly Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-8) on Friday, September 2nd with the chance for matching the Argonauts win total. Then they will play the BC Lions the following week.
The Lions will be without their star quarterback Nathan Rourke and are not the same team without him. Finally, the Alouettes will play the struggling Tiger-Cats again to wrap up their home stand. Dane Evans of the Tiger-Cats has been struggling all season long and his indecisions helped give up an early lead to the Argonauts this week.
If the Alouettes can get continued strong performances from the likes of Trevor Harris, Eugene Lewis, Reggie White Jr. and Wes Sutton then the Alouettes should be a lock to make the playoffs and perhaps even wrestle the division away from Toronto.
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