Alouettes fans and followers aren't used to this.

Admittedly, they have been spoiled over the years, with successive Grey Cup championships and three straight appearances in the Canadian Football League's championship game.

They're not used to a lack of cohesion on offence. They're not used to drives stalling. They're not used to fumbles and turnovers - of legendary quarterback Anthony Calvillo overthrowing receivers or passing behind them. They're not used to defensive breakdowns game after game. They're not used to kick returners handling the ball like it's a hand-grenade. They're not used to time-count violations, two-and-out drives. And they're not used to undisciplined play and stupid penalties.

Is this all an aberration or, following the Als' second consecutive loss this week - this one to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Friday night at Ivor Wynne Stadium - are the cracks and weaknesses beginning to show?

"We've got to take advantage ... and remind people we are Montreal and are going to score points," Calvillo said. "If we don't, it's going to be a long, tough season. We've all been spoiled. We found our way to beat teams. People are taking things for granted, because we won.