FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

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1 NEW JOB TI­TLES: With the fir­ing of head coach Jac­ques Chapde­laine and de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor Noel Thorpe ear­lier in the week, Alou­ettes GM Kavis Reed takes over head coach­ing du­ties. A look at each in-sea­son CFL coach­ing change shows that the pre­vi­ous 60 men tak­ing over dur­ing the cam­paign have gone 29-31 in those ini­tial games for their new club. QB coach An­thony Calvillo will call the of­fen­sive plays, de­fen­sive line coach Greg Quick will call the de­fence. 2 CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR: If their record is in­dica­tive of their late-game abil­ity, the Red­blacks need to stay out of a close one with Mon­treal. Los­ing 26-22 to Hamil­ton on Saturday, the Red­blacks are now 0-6-1 this year in games de­cided by four points or less. They are now 2-10-2 in those four­points-and-less games since the start of 2016. The all-time record for losses by four points or less is Win­nipeg, in 2010, with nine. 3 SERDERIUS BRYANT: He’s thought of highly enough by the coach­ing staff that they were shuf­fling Khalil Bass from the WILL line­backer spot to a backup spot at MIKE line­backer, be­hind Tay­lor Reed. Bass was re­leased by the Red­blacks on Friday. Bryant is a high-mo­tor guy who should be a good fit be­side Reed, who posted his sec­ond ca­reer 10tackle game last week and has moved up to fifth in the CFL, with 62 tack­les. 4 WHERE IS GREG ELLING­SON? Af­ter av­er­ag­ing 6.4 re­cep­tions for 100.4 yards per game over the first nine con­tests, Elling­son has slowed over the past three games. Over that time frame, he has av­er­aged just 3.0 catches for 29.3 yards per game. Elling­son still leads the CFL in re­ceiv­ing yards, with 1,080, and is well on his way to blow­ing past his ca­reer-best of 1,260 set last sea­son. Toronto’s S.J. Green is next in line with 1,002 yards prior to yes­ter­day’s game. 5 KICKER BRETT MA­HER: What started off the sea­son as one of the Red­blacks’ bright spots (Ma­her made 26 of his first 29 field goal at­tempts), has sput­tered in re­cent weeks. Ma­her is 4-of-8 in the last two weeks. He’s also miss­ing too many con­vert kicks — 13 of 19 on the sea­son, go­ing 3-for-6 in re­cent weeks.

Alou­ettes GM Kavis Reed takes over as head coach for to­day’s game in Mon­treal.

Red­blacks re­ceiver Greg Elling­son, de­spite this TD catch in their pre­vi­ous matchup with the Als on Aug. 31, has not been as pro­duc­tive the past three games as he was ear­lier in the year.

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