No place to Hyde

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Dr. Jekyll, meet Mr. Hyde.

In a go-figure case of CFL role reversal, what was beautiful last week turned ugly in a hurry.

The rout was on 31 seconds into last night's contest when Jason Tucker took the opening pass from Ricky Ray 62 yards to the house.

After that, the walls came tumblin' down on the Montreal Alouettes, who found themselves at the short end of a 47-28 final score.

Montreal came into Commonwealth lickin' their chops after a convincing home win over the powerful B.C. Lions gave them five wins in their last six starts.

They were facing a team that had lost five of their past six, including the two-game Labour Day series to the hated Calgary Stampeders.

Yet, it was the Eskimos who looked like world-beaters last night and the Als like sad sacks looking for a place to Hyde.

Als quarterback Marcus Brady was nowhere near as sharp in his 300-yard debut in relief of the injured Anthony Calvillo last week.

"There's a lot of mistakes all around," said Brady, who tossed two picks and was replaced by Jason Maas early in the fourth. "It's always tough to come from behind. We got blown out by B.C. on the road then came back and beat them up at home. Hopefully, we can do the same thing."

Maas told Montreal reporters earlier this week he was aiming to be ready for the Sept. 23 rematch.

"If I'm called upon," said Maas, eight-for 11 for 93 yards in his brief appearance. "In my situation, I'm trying to learn the whole offence as quickly as I can.

"What was good for me tonight was just to get in there, call the cadence, call the plays and read the wristband right. I'm more comfortable now than I was going into the game. With nine days before the next game, hopefully I'd be more ready to play if called upon."

The Esks figured out a way to keep Jarret Payton bottled up after the Als rookie rushed for a player of the week 119-yards performance.

"It's kinda mind-boggling," said Payton, who was held to 56 yards. "The team that came out on the field last week, that's the team I want to see all the time - on both sides of the ball.The way we played last week, when we play like that, I don't think anybody can beat us."

That was to build up a big enough lead that Montreal was forced to pass.

Ray exposed the Montreal defence's inexperience with one of his best performances of the season. The D includes less than a handful of players with at least two CFL seasons under their belts.

Corner Mark Estelle had a bird's-eye view of Jason Tucker's career night and redeemed himself somewhat with a 33-yard TD return on an interception.

"The game just didn't start out right," said Estelle. "With them starting out with a big play, it kinda got us in a hole. We didn't play together as hard as we normally do. We just pretty much played a bad game and all we have to look forward to is next week."


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