Live Stream CFL: Montreal Alouettes vs Ottawa REDBLACKS on September 30 at 22:00 CET (10 pm, 4 pm EDT).

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Live Stream CFL: Montreal Alouettes vs Ottawa REDBLACKS on September 30 at 22:00 CET (10 pm, 4 pm EDT).

OTTAWA — The Montreal Alouettes have a clear objective as they step into TD Place to face the Ottawa REDBLACKS this Saturday: secure a victory and secure their spot.

After breaking their four-game losing streak with a convincing 28-11 win in Calgary during Week 16, Montreal is riding a wave of confidence heading into this road game.

On the other hand, the REDBLACKS understand the urgency to make their mark.

Coming off a 36-28 triumph against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, they’re eager to claim a second consecutive victory on their home turf.

In the upcoming clash between the Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa REDBLACKS, several pivotal factors are at play.

For the Alouettes, quarterback Cody Fajardo enjoys a range of receiving options. However, the absence of Austin Mack, the league’s leading receiver, due to a thigh issue, will be keenly felt. Fajardo will look to open options with Tyson Philpot and Tyler Snead as his primary reads. Given Ottawa’s defense is the only one to have allowed over 4,000 passing yards (specifically, 4,514), head coach Jason Maas is likely to center the game plan around Fajardo.

In the defensive realm, Ottawa’s Alonzo Addae, Brandin Dandridge, and Deandre Lamont will be tasked with containing the Alouettes’ receivers, with Lamont displaying confidence after a notable interception in a previous victory.

Watch the live action: Montreal Alouettes @ Ottawa REDBLACKS, September 30, 22:00 CET (10 pm, 4 pm EDT).

The impact of William Stanback’s ground game cannot be underestimated, having rushed for 81 yards in the previous week. He faces a formidable front that excels at limiting ground yards.

Defensive standout Bryce Carter boasts 11 sacks, ranking second in the CFL, while linebacker Adam Auclair leads the team with 65 defensive tackles.

Turning to Ottawa, quarterback Dustin Crum continues to refine his skills in the REDBLACKS’ pocket. With 234 passing yards against the Riders, he now totals 2,334 for the season.

Although the REDBLACKS’ passing game ranks last, Jaelon Acklin and Justin Hardy provide promise, with 747 and 709 receiving yards, respectively. Crum anticipates further progress.

On the defensive end, Montreal’s Marc-Antoine Dequoy, fresh off an interception against Calgary, will be tasked with shutting down Acklin and Hardy. The Alouettes have shown respectability in limiting opponents to 245.4 passing yards per game.

As the REDBLACKS’ aerial game develops, the Alouettes’ defensive front must be ready for an explosive ground attack. Devonte Williams ascends the rushing yard leaderboard with 758 for the season, including an impressive 136 yards on 22 carries against the Riders. Additionally, Crum is proficient in making gains in open space.

Alouettes’ General Manager Danny Maciocia’s focus on fortifying the team’s front has paid off. Linebacker Darnell Sankey boasts 15 defensive tackles in two games, while defensive lineman Shawn Lemon shines with seven sacks and two interceptions since joining Montreal.

Having snapped their seven-game losing streak, REDBLACKS’ head coach Bob Dyce emphasizes taking each game one step at a time as the regular season approaches its finale. A win for Montreal secures their spot in November, while an Ottawa victory places them just two points behind Hamilton for third in the East Division.

Reference:

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