Expect some fireworks

JONATHAN BERNIER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The offences of both the Calgary Stampeders and Montreal Alouettes have left a trail of destruction in their wakes these past couple of weeks.

If we're to go by the offensive plays shown by the two teams since the beginning of the season, anyone in the stands at Percival-Molson Stadium tonight can expect quite a showdown.

The Alouettes currently dominate the CFL with 71 points in two games, the Stampeders close on their heels with 59.

Even in their loss to the Edmonton Eskimos last week, John Hufnagel's crew still managed to rack up 31 points.

"I'm expecting a very physical game," said Hufnagel.

"The defensive units from both teams will have to show up and really perform.

Veteran Stampeders defensive lineman Randy Chevrier, a Quebec native, says his team will keep a close eye on the proven Alouettes threats.

"They have different assets like Calvillo, Cahoon, Watkins, Cobourne," said Chevrier.

"The important thing for us is going to be perfect execution.

"The smallest mistake will cost us."

In a league with only eight teams, news travels fast.

It didn't take long for the Stampeders to catch wind of running back Avon Cobourne's skills.

Not that it worries the guy.

"They're going to do everything they can to stop me," said the third-year Alouettes player, who earned the starting running-back job in training camp this season after being used primarily as a returner.

"(Stamps defensive coach Chris) Jones loves playing the blitz, and it's going to make a lots of traffic on the scrimmage line.

"It's still going to be dangerous for them if I manage to get past that line, the whole field's going to open up for me."

The Stampeders offence can't be underestimated, either.

Since the beginning of the season, quarterback Henry Burris and co. gained 274 yards on the ground and 604 through the air -- one of the most the varied offensive records in the league and following the Alouettes' example.

Co-ordinator showdown

While the offences for the Stampeders and Alouettes will try to put the most points as possible on the board, the defence for each team will be trying to stay true to their respective defensive coordinators.

After the 2007 season, Tim Burke left for Montreal after spending his last three with the Stamps.

At the same time, Chris Jones was making a move in the opposite direction after six seasons with the Alouettes.

Can we expect Jones and Burke to try and prove their former bosses wrong for having let them go?

"I have no bitterness whatsoever towards the Stampeders," insisted Burke.

"The CFL being what it is, coaches move from team to team at a pretty high rate.

"Sometimes, a few of them end up in the same place two or three times."

The same tune can be heard from the Stamps defensive co-ordinator, who insists winning week after week trumps everything, even in games outside of the regular season.

"I take every loss personally, whether it's against the Alouettes or another team," said Jones.


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