When it comes to planning, John Hufnagel prefers the old cliche: One game at a time.
When posed with the question as to how important the next three outings are — all against teams with five wins right now — the Calgary Stampeders head coach refused to do a longer-term overview.
“The opportunity starts Saturday,” Hufnagel said about the visit from the 5-2 Montreal Alouettes.
“We’re playing a good football team. Two-time defending champions. It’s a severe challenge. We put a lot of energy into getting ready to play this game.”
The next three weeks will help decide where the West final will be played this season. If the Stamps get in a groove, they can distance themselves from the Edmonton Eskimos (5-3).
The Labour Day doubleheader between the Stamps and Eskimos promises to be just as intriguing as a Calgary-Montreal matchup.
Following a bye week, the Stamps offence is hoping to build off a game where they scored five times on their first six possessions in a 45-35 win over Saskatchewan.
And there is no doubt that the Stamps can get a boost from beating the Als.
“This can set us up with confidence for the second half,” said linebacker Juwan Simpson, who returns from a knee injury. “We know this is a premier team.
“But we have to face these guys again regardless of the outcome. We can’t just beat them one time and say we’re going to beat them in the championship.”