Als consistency rare in CFL

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

It's no surprise the Montreal Alouettes are the top dogs in the league with a 4-0 record.

After all, they not only have the league's top passer in Anthony Calvillo, but Avon Cobourne leads the CFL in rushing with 373 yards on 69 carries.

NO MAGIC

Having success at one area often helps with finding success in the other, but Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman said there's no magic formula to follow when it comes to attacking by ground or air.

"We don't think about it, quite frankly. I don't even know what our percentage is," said Trestman.

So far, Montreal has attempted 138 passes and ran the ball 96 times for a 60:40 ratio -- a figure often aspired to but rarely achieved consistently in the three-down game.

"Run or pass, it doesn't really factor in because every week's a new week," Trestman said. "Balance isn't an issue with us, it's moving the football that's important."

And move it they have.

The Alouettes lead the league with 100 first downs, followed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with 84 while the Edmonton Eskimos sit fifth with 81. Of those Alouette first downs, 55 came from passes and 39 from rushes for a 60:40 ratio.

Of Montreal's 12 touchdowns, seven were passed and five were rushed for a 60:40 ratio.

Perhaps there's more than magic at play.

WINNING FORMULA

But winning formula or not, the Alouettes aren't taking solace in being the league's only unbeaten team.

"We appreciate the fact that we've been able to beat some very good teams," said Trestman.

"But it just doesn't correlate to what we're trying to do on a daily basis right now. It's way too early, there's no light at the end of the tunnel. Every game is an entity within itself."


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