Pretty tough to turn off A.C.

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

Doug Berry was asked if the Bombers have figured out how to put the brakes on Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

"No," the head coach said.

Then he started to chuckle.

It's uncertain if he was laughing because he was joking or if he was about to go mad just thinking about Calvillo's propensity to light up the Bombers like the Fourth of July.

Calvillo has completed 59 of 79 passes for 662 yards, five touchdowns and one interception in two wins over the Bombers this season. He is actually torching every team this year, as he is seven passing touchdowns shy of breaking Doug Flutie's single-season record of 48.

"Calvillo's playing good ball right now," Bombers defensive back Kelly Malveaux said. "With his new offence, he's probably put another five years on his career."

Calvillo's quick release is the killer, and it sets up the long bombs, too.

"It's something that he's been running for quite a while," Berry said. "More than half of what they're doing Anthony's been running for a long time, and then there's a couple of new flavours that the (Marc) Trestman coaching staff has added. They're executing at a very high level."

As for finding a way to stop it, Berry hopes the Bombers have figured it out.

"We will see," he said. "We're going to try a couple of different things and see if they're going to make a difference."

STILL KICKING: Alexis Serna held on to his kicking job this week, easily beating out newcomer Travis Dorsch for the right to placekick and punt tomorrow against the Alouettes.

It appears the kicking challenge has even restored some confidence in the rookie.

"Serna's had a good week," Berry said. "He's confident. He's approaching the ball with great confidence, so that's good."

CHASING 1,000: Derick Armstrong and Terrence Edwards have two games to crack the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the second straight year.

Armstrong needs 78 yards and Edwards needs 81 to reach the magical mark, which both players attained last year along with Milt Stegall.

If they can get into the K club, Winnipeg would have three 1,000-yard receivers (Romby Bryant is already there) for the second straight year and sixth time in club history.

It would be the first time, however, when the team had a losing record.

MAKING MOVES: Winnipeg is making five roster changes that will affect five starting positions.

On defence, Willie Amos takes over for Robert Bean at cornerback, Ike Charlton goes back to outside linebacker in place of Kelly Malveaux, who returns to halfback to replace Anthony Malbrough (hamstring).

Offensively, Derick Armstrong will be back in his wide receiver spot after sitting out last week with a knee injury, while running back Fred Reid (ribs) is out and will be replaced on a full-time basis by Joe Smith.

The team is also making a pair of special teams moves involving four Canadians. Running back Daryl Stephenson and defensive back Michael Roberts will make their Bomber debuts, with receiver Aaron Hargreaves and cornerback Marc Beswick coming off to make roster room.

AND FINALLY: The Bombers could learn their playoff opponent today.

If the Edmonton Eskimos lose to the Saskatchewan Roughriders tonight, they will finish fourth in the West Division and meet the Bombers in the East semifinal on Nov. 8 at Canad Inns Stadium.


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