Bad News Alouettes

CON GRIWKOWSKY

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Veteran Montreal cornerback Davis Sanchez can hardly wait to play a game that matters again.

Sanchez did not hold back after the Als dropped a 37-14 decision to the Edmonton Eskimos last night.

Montreal may have been too good for their own good in the weak-sister CFL East.

They clinched a playoff spot weeks ago and, as Sanchez pointed out, having secured a home playoff date so long ago makes it tough to get motivated.

"The frickin' Bad News Bears could have beat us tonight," said Sanchez.

"You know what? We played a lot of different guys in a lot of different spots and we didn't put a lot of effort in."

Montreal showed up at Commonwealth masqueraded as a football team.

Now, the Als have a couple of weeks to think about back-to-back losses heading into their bye week.

The team wrapped up its regular season with an 11-7 record, just one win better than the team that beat them last night.

"The game didn't mean a whole hell of a lot to us, so we didn't play with a lot of intensity," said Sanchez.

Montreal knows they'll be facing either Winnipeg or Edmonton in the East final, the teams they've found a way to lose to in the last two weeks.

"We understand what's going on," said Sanchez.

"It's been tough to play the last four of five weeks for us. It's just the nature of the beast. We wanted to come in here and give a good effort, but unfortunately it's tough.

"Edmonton's good and Winnipeg's good.

"We're going to have to play well in all three phases to beat them.

"We'll be dog-snapping at both of them."

BACKUPS IN UNIFORM

There were plenty of backups in Montreal Alouettes uniforms.

Starting quarterback Anthony Calvillo, the CFL's top passer, was given the night off.

Montreal needed this game less than the Eskimos did.

The Als will still host the CFL East final in two weeks time.

Head coach Marc Trestman seemed less concerned that his team is going into their bye week on a two-game losing streak than giving Calvillo and many of the Montreal starters a two-week rest.

Als starting quarterback Marcus Brady served up an interception to Eskimos defensive back and was stripped of the ball by Esks defensive lineman Fred Perry.

"It didn't go as planned," said Brady, who will be on the sidelines at the Big Owe. "As a team, we wanted to get a win and we didn't. We move on, get a bye week and get prepared for whoever our opponent is.

"I felt good out there, made some plays, made some throws ... a few mistakes."

Since the Eskimos played their top defence against the Als backup quarterback, Montreal now has fresh film of their last two losses.

"We'll take a look at it and see how to attack them," said Brady, who said the team will had no trouble getting motivated against either team. "It'll give us a little chip, something for the playoffs. I think we'll be OK."

Mike Imoh was in at running back for the fourth straight game in relief of the injured Avon Colbourne.

"Edmonton played well," said Imoh. "What can you say? They played better than us tonight. They played hard.

"First of all, you have to cherish the fact that we have bye and we'll get the rest. It's been a tough 18 games."

Especially the last two.


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