Walls rarin' to go against Calvillo

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Anthony Calvillo has completed 51 of 77 attempts for 599 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in a pair of games against the Bombers this season.

In other words, the Blue and Gold have yet to show they know how to slow down the Als quarterback. Defensive back Lenny Walls is excited about the opportunity that today's game will present.

"It's challenging for our secondary," Walls said. "We've all been talking about wanting to play him, because everybody's saying that (last week) was a fluke. We don't want to give them any excuse."

GOOD HEALTH: The Bombers lead the CFL with 29 interceptions, and Walls said a big reason is the four halfbacks and cornerbacks have started every game.

"That's the reason why we've been able to do what we do," Walls said, knocking on wood. "It keeps the togetherness, it keeps the cohesiveness, it keeps everything that we need."

GETTING BETTER: Bombers head coach Mike Kelly has often preached the importance of getting better as the season progressed.

Having won four of their last five, the Bombers are doing just that.

"A lot of teams have levelled off right now, and we're the team that's still kind of set goals higher," quarterback Michael Bishop said. "We're still rising to the top."

Bishop is coming off a game in which he threw for a career-high 411 yards.

PATCHED UP: The Alouettes will get three defensive starters back today in linebackers Shea Emry and Diamond Ferri, and cornerback Davis Sanchez.

That's probably a good thing for the Als, who have allowed nearly 1,100 yards and 80 points in the last two games.

"We haven't played anywhere to our expectations on the defensive side of the ball," head coach Marc Trestman said. "Our coverages element has to get better, and we worked hard on that both in man and zone coverages."

PICKIN' IT? Ex-Bomber cornerback Stanford Samuels, who will play his first game of the season today for the Als, hopes Bishop goes after him.

"I definitely hope so," said Samuels, who had off-season knee surgery. "We'll see if we can get those interception stats up."

LATE HITS: The Alouettes still have a chance to win a franchise-record 15 games in a season ... Montreal is a 91/2 -point favourite today ... Pre-game media coverage for today's tilt was a little light yesterday. That's what happens when it's Leafs-Habs on Saturday night.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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