20 things you should know

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

1. Bombers running back Charles Roberts had 345 rushing yards in two games against the Alouettes in 2005. He had only 109 in the first two games against the Als this season.

2. Going into last week's game, Roberts had scored only three touchdowns in 133 career carries against the Als.

3. This week's game marks the sixth meeting of the season between Winnipeg and Montreal, including the pre-season. If they meet again in the playoffs, the seven contests would represent 30% of both teams' 2006 schedules.

4. Slotback Milt Stegall had 18 career touchdown receptions in 26 career games against the Alouettes prior to last week's action.

5. Despite those strong numbers, Stegall had only four 100-yard outings against the Als going into last week's clash at Molson Stadium.

6. Former Alouettes with the Bombers include head coach Doug Berry, defensive backs coach Gregg Butler, special teams and running backs coach Cory McDiarmid, cornerback Omar Evans, offensive lineman Aaron Fiacconi, defensive back Kelly Malveaux and quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie.

7. Gerald Vaughn holds the club record for pass knockdowns in a season with 11, which he racked up in 1996. Stanford Samuels and Kelly Malveaux had five going into last week's game.

8. Winnipeg's all-time record at home is 298-170-5-1 since 1950.

9. The Bombers are 3-4 at home, where they are trying to avoid their second straight losing campaign.

10. Prior to last week, Stegall was on pace for 98 receptions this season, which would represent the second-most in his career and the fifth-best total in Bomber history.

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MONTREAL ALOUETTES

1. Montreal started this season 7-0. The other two times they exploded out of the gate with seven straight victories, in 2002 and 1977, they went on to win the Grey Cup.

2. Heading into last week's game, the Alouettes were an astounding 22-7 against the Bombers since they returned to the CFL in 1996.

3. The Bombers, however, aren't the Alouettes' resident whipping boys. Montreal is 18-2 against Saskatchewan in the last decade.

4. Going into last week's game against the Bombers, the Alouettes had not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.

5. Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo is in danger of having his four-year streak of 5,000-yard passing seasons come to an end. Calvillo had 3,131 yards going into last week's game and was on pace for only 4,696. If he can reach 5,000, Calvillo would break Doug Flutie's record of four.

6. Alouettes slotback Ben Cahoon has averaged almost 10 touchdown catches in his last three seasons. Prior to last week's game against Winnipeg, however, he had a grand total of one this year.

7. Speaking of Cahoon, he had caught at least one pass in 70 consecutive games going into last week's match.

8. Montreal allowed 12 sacks in a 36-20 loss to the B.C. Lions on Sept. 16. The CFL record is 13, which was set by Edmonton in a game against Toronto in 1993.

9. Don Matthews is on the verge of becoming Montreal's all-time winningest coach. Douglas (Peahead) Walker had 59 career victories between 1952 and 1959, and Matthews had 57 going into last week's game against Winnipeg.

10. The Alouettes have a 21-16-1 road record against East Division teams since 1996.


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