20 things you should know

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

1. This marks the fourth meeting between the Bombers and Alouettes in 2006, including the pre-season. They will meet two more times this year for a grand total of six matches.

2. The Bombers will own at least a share of the East Division lead with a victory over the Alouettes this weekend.

3. Winnipeg took Todd Krenbrink (22nd), Sebastien Roy (32nd), Ian Shelswell (33rd) and Cory Olynick (42nd) in the 2003 CFL draft. Montreal selected Dave Stala, who had 1,037 receiving yards last season, 50th overall.

4. The Bombers are 17-13 against the Alouettes in Winnipeg since 1961.

5. Overall, Winnipeg is a dismal 7-21 against Montreal since the Alouettes returned to the CFL in 1996.

6. The Bombers scored a 51-46 win over the Alouettes at the Stadium last July 22, which is the last time Montreal played a regular-season game in Winnipeg.

7. Running back Charles Roberts had a career-high 195 rushing yards in that victory over Montreal last July.

8. Since that game against the Als, the Bombers have changed the starters at 14 of their 24 positions on offence and defence.

9. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo has attempted at least 20 passes in 17 games against the Bombers during his time with the Alouettes. He threw at least one touchdown pass in the first 16 matches but was shut out in this year's season-opener on June 16.

10. To put that last stat into perspective, Calvillo has thrown at least one touchdown toss in 115 of 141 career games in which he's attempted at least 20 passes, which works out to a remarkable 81.6% success rate.

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MONTREAL ALOUETTES

1. The Alouettes last season had a 1-7 record when trailing after three quarters. They were 1-0 under the same circumstances after the first game of this year, coming back from a 17-7 deficit to beat the Bombers 27-17 on June 16.

2. Head coach Don Matthews needs seven victories to become Montreal's all-time winningest coach. Douglas Walker had 59 victories between 1952 and 1959.

3. Ben Cahoon is the only receiver in Alouettes history with four consecutive seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards.

4. The Alouettes finished second in the East Division in 2005 for the first time since 1998. Every other year they finished first.

5. Offensive linemen Bryan Chiu and Uzooma Okeke have both played 152 career games for Montreal, which are the most among active Alouettes.

6. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo has been named the team's most outstanding player nominee the last five seasons.

7. Speaking of Calvillo, he could pass the legendary Ron Lancaster and move into third place on the CFL's all-time passing yards list this season. Calvillo was only 5,807 yards behind the Little General going into the campaign.

8. The Alouettes were 1-3 in July last season.

9. Montreal is 3-0 for the fourth time in the last five years.

10. Ed Philion is third on the team's all-time sack list with 34. Former Bomber Elfrid Payton is the franchise's all-time sack leader with 52.


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