EDMONTON - Damon Allen is safe for another week.
And so are the Edmonton Eskimos.
The top passer of all time is in no danger of having his record 72,381 yards surpassed by Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo this week.
Calvillo needs 863 more yards to become the gridiron’s most prolific passer, with 66.2 km worth of throws on his resume.
Considering Matt Dunigan’s single-game record tops out at 713 yards, Calvillo isn’t holding his breath this weekend.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen, to be honest with you,” Calvillo said as the team arrived in Edmonton Thursday afternoon. “It’s one of those things where it hasn’t been brought up too much yet but I know it’s going to come up in the next few weeks.”
In the meantime, Calvillo and the rest of the Alouettes are focused on getting out of a funk — the worst one in the Marc Trestman era, which has seen them lose five of their last eight.
“I don’t want to jump ahead of myself,” Calvillo said. “I think that’s what I was doing earlier in the season. And the one thing I’ve learned is we’re not promised tomorrow. We’re not promised the next play, so I’m really trying to just absorb the time and appreciate the moment.
“But when that time comes and if it does happen, then I’ll have a lot more answers for you.”
Until then, Calvillo will try and answer what’s been going wrong this season for a Montreal team that is not used to looking up at anyone in the standings.
“We’ve had a lot of success here over many, many years and right now we’re in a dogfight,” Calvillo said. “We know that this game’s important. We’re on the road against the first-place team in the West and it’s going to be difficult.
“But that’s the way this whole season’s been.”
So far, the two-time defending Grey Cup champions are not living up to expectations.
“Every year, we tell people how hard it is to win and we’ve been doing it,” Calvillo said. “This year, we’ve been saying the exact same thing. Unfortunately, we’ve been coming up short this year.
“This is an opportunity for us to find out what type of team we’re going to be.”
What they used to be, was a team that simply didn’t lose two games in a row.
“We haven’t been playing consistently,” said Trestman, the Alouettes head coach, who isn’t taking a 27-4 voctory over the Eskimos in their previous meeting this season for granted.
“They’re at full strength. They weren’t at full strength the last time we played them,” he said. “They had injuries on both sides of the ball and, defensively, they look very strong right now.”
HIP STOP: Alouettes CB Dwight Anderson remained in Montreal Thursday in order to have an MRI on the hip he injured two weeks ago.
“He woke up (Thursday) morning, he called me at 5:30,” said Trestman. “He said, ‘Coach, I’m very sore and I’m concerned. I don’t want to put the team at risk.’ ”