Allen for MVP

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Halfway into the CFL season, there was no question Dave Dickenson was the league's most outstanding player.

With two weeks left to go, there should be a new guarantee about who should take the award and he is not the B.C. Lions quarterback.

If Damon Allen isn't given a long-overdue reward for his brilliant season, somebody deserves a shake.

The 42-year-old Toronto Argonauts quarterback proved last week in a head-to-head matchup with Anthony Calvillo that no one is more important to his team this season.

The ageless pivot lost running back Sean Millington before halftime but still finished 32-of-40 passing for 410 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 56 yards in a pivotal battle that should help the Argos clinch first in the East Division.

Allen is close to setting career highs in passing attempts, yards, completion percentage and touchdowns three years after being cast aside for Dickenson in Vancouver.

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OPENING DRIVE: Once again, the Alouettes should have four receivers pass the 1,000-yard mark. Three of the four who did it last season for Montreal -- Thyron Anderson, Jeremaine Copeland and Kwame Cavil -- weren't on the roster in August but now there are four new millennium men for the club. Ben Cahoon, the only holdover from last season, needs just 12 yards in the last two games to reach the mark, while Terry Vaughn (20) and Dave Stala (27) should easily accomplish the feat as well ... Outstanding punter Jon Ryan is iffy to play in Winnipeg's season finale against Calgary after getting drilled on a punt against B.C. This should open up the Stampeders return game and give David Allen a chance at getting Calgary's first special-teams touchdown other than fumble recoveries. Although Nik Lewis' score against the Roughriders should be a punt return, the statisticians ruled it a fumble ... Ottawa WR Jason Armstead set a Renegades franchise record with 1,140 yards receiving this season, breaking Yo Murphy's mark from 2004. Armstead also has a shot at David Oliver's 2002 mark of 82 receptions.

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ENDZONE TOSS: Montreal QB Anthony Calvillo may have been overshadowed by Damon Allen last weekend but he did pass the 5,000-yard passing mark for the fourth consecutive season, joining some elite company. The only other pivot to hit the mark in four straight seasons is Doug Flutie (1991-94) ... With the Taylor Field crowd going wild Sunday, the refereeing crew had a tough time with a couple of calls. It all worked out in the end -- despite what 'Rider fans will tell you -- because a missed call on a Joffrey Reynolds fumble was made up when Jeremaine Copeland's behind was clearly in the endzone on the next play but no TD was signalled. It also appeared Henry Burris was in for a TD earlier but who's complaining now at McMahon Stadium ... Now that John Avery and Sean Millington are out with injuries and Hakim Hill is banished from the country, Canadian Jeff Johnson should get the start at running back for Toronto this week against Hamilton.

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EXTRA POINTS: Stamps K Sandro DeAngelis raised his career (this season) field-goal percentage to a strong 78% in 50 attempts. This rate is better than career marks of such greats as Dave Ridgway (77.99%) and Mark McLoughlin (74.02%). The rookie also has fought back to take the CFL lead this season ... With nothing to play for, Bombers RB Charles Roberts has set his sights on breaking his season high for rushing yards in a season. He needs 46 yards against Calgary to eclipse his best season of 2003 ... Lions SB Geroy Simon picked a good time to guarantee a victory. The Lions had won six of seven from Winnipeg before losing to the Bombers two weeks earlier, while the Bombers had a dismal 0-7 record against West teams before that game.

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NUMBER 11

Alouettes slotback Terry Vaughn needs only 20 more yards to pass the 1,000 mark for the 11th straight season. Vaughn, in his first season with Montreal, has 12,918 career receiving yards.

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ON THE FIELD

BYE: SASKATCHEWAN

THURSDAY

Hamilton at Toronto, 5:30 p.m. (TSN)

FRIDAY

B.C. at Edmonton, 7 p.m. (TSN)

SATURDAY

Montreal at Ottawa, 1 p.m. (CBC)

SUNDAY

Calgary at Winnipeg, 2 p.m. (TSN)

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WHAT DID YOU SAY?

"I felt like the guinea pig. I felt like the experimental puppy out there, getting hit all the time, taking all the shots ... It's one of the most erratic seasons I've even been a part of on any team in terms of players, for one, philosophies and systems."

-- Winnipeg QB Tee Martin about his stint as starter earlier in 2005


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