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Landry’s 5 takeaways from Week 5

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Hello, Mike Collins, hello Buzz Aldrin. And here’s to the late Neil Armstrong, too. With this week’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, I salute the three men who climbed aboard a small nuclear bomb with only lukewarm assurances that they’d probably be coming back safely. What’s this got to do with football? Well, when the Eagle landed on the lunar surface on July 20th, 1969, it became what remains, to this day, the greatest touchdown in human history.

Here are this week’s takeaways.

Yeah, I think they might be.

Let me put aside the Kavis Reed issue for the moment, as you can read plenty of analysis and opinion on what that matter means elsewhere on this site.

Let’s talk football here.

Two impressive wins in a row should be just what the Als need to believe and I mean really believe.

Sure, the jury might still be out on the Ottawa REDBLACKS as a whole, but not on their defence so much. That means two weeks in a row, now, the Alouettes have moved the ball on what are thought to be pretty good fortifications.

Is quarterback Vernon Adams now getting it? With every start, he looks a little more comfortable, even if he does still make the odd low-percentage decision (when you’ve got a guy like Eugene Lewis ready to go up and just pilfer the rock away from a defender, why not take that shot?).

The fourth-year quarterback’s aplomb must be in orbit right now and if he tastes a little more success, his confidence will be “go” for trans-lunar injection. Not long ago, you’d never have thought that possible. Remember, this is a guy who was resigned to re-imagining his pro career as a receiver when he was with Hamilton.

I think we all liked Montreal’s defensive personnel going into this season and now we can all like their offensive personnel too. Quan Bray is gonna be a thing, y’all, and Lewis and B.J. Cunningham already are. William Stanback out of the backfield has been everything they’d hoped he’d be.

Ignition sequence on in Montreal. Can they now clear the tower?