Stamps' Burris gets up for tough teams

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:13 PM ET

MONTREAL — When Henry Burris led the Calgary Stampeders to the 2008 Grey Cup, he raised his level of game against the CFL’s top club.

It appears the same thing is happening in 2010.

Through three meetings with the Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders — the only other clubs above .500 other than Calgary — Burris has a passer rating of 125.7.

His rating against the rest of the league is 91.6, which means Burris brings his ‘A’ game when facing the better competition.

It’s important considering the Stamps face the Alouettes Monday (11 a.m., TSN), and the Riders next Sunday in Regina.

“Of course, you know there’s a rivalry between Saskatchewan and us, but I think there’s even a rivalry going on between Montreal and us,” Burris said.

“Over the last couple of years, they’ve always been up top in the East and we’ve been battling for up top in the West.

“Whenever you have those big games, it just brings out the best in guys. Thankfully, I’ve been able to have good games.”

When facing the Alouettes, it’s crucial Burris and the passing game is going well.

Joffrey Reynolds has not rushed for a 100-yard game against Montreal since

Oct. 1, 2005, and his 65.6 average is his lowest among the seven CFL opponents.

“They bring people to stop the run game,” Reynolds said. “In the CFL, you expect teams to play zone, but they man up and stop the run.”

When the Stamps face the Alouettes, there is always a comparison between quarterbacks.

Anthony Calvillo has won the CFL most outstanding player award the past two seasons, beating out Burris in 2008 and Reynolds last year.


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