Record: 3-9, last in CFL West
Last game: A 35-27 overtime win on the road against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Record: 8-4, first in CFL East
Last game: Downed the Calgary Stampeders 33-27 at McMahon Stadium.
BACK TO WHITE
John White and Hugh Charles are swapping spots. Charles was a key component of the Eskimos’ overtime win in Winnipeg last week, rushing twice to open the extra frame and scoring the game-winning touchdown. His hamstring injury flared up through this week, and now White, who sat out last week’s win, will be taking handoffs against the Argonauts. White has 46 carries for 186 yards and one touchdown this year.
FOUR FOR THE ROAD, ONE FOR HISTORY
Edmonton marks the fourth consecutive road stop for the Argonauts, who have downed Montreal, Saskatchewan and Calgary in their past three games away from Rogers Centre. Going back to 1958 there have been only three previous times where a club played four consecutive road games (Calgary, 1967; B.C., 2001, Winnipeg, 2012) but none have won all four.
CLOSE GAME TEAMS
Both the Eskimos and Argonauts have seen their share of close games, but the Argonauts have had the desirable trait in this scenario, in that they win the majority of them. Toronto is 7-1 this year in games decided by four points or less. The Eskimos are 1-10 since last year in the same situation.
Edmonton one-game: RB Hugh Charles, OL Gord Hinse, LB Kyle Norris, DL Don Oramasionwu, CB Chris Rwabukamba. Nine-game: CB Aaron Grymes, SB Cary Koch, OL Scott Mitchell, QB Matt Nichols, OL Orrin Thompson.
Toronto one game: SB Chad Owens, DB Neiko Thorpe, QB Ricky Ray, RB Jeff Johnson, RB Jerious Norwood, RB Anthony Woodson, OL Tyler Holmes, DT Kiante Tripp. Nine-game: K Noel Prefontaine, QB Josh Portis, DB Shane Herbert, DB Antareis Bryan.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Zach Collaros, QB, Argos
A 4-1 fill-in this year, thanks to injuries to starter Ricky Ray, Collaros has been a pleasant surprise for the Argos organization and to the league in general. As far as backup quarterbacks go, the 25-year-old is a likely conversation starter for the brass of the Ottawa Redblacks, who will build their team through the CFL expansion draft in December.
“For the rest of the season each game is going to be the most important game of the year. This is … an opportunity to play against one of the best teams in the league, that’s been playing really good football the last couple of weeks. We want to come out and show that we really have improved over the last few weeks.”
— Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly on the challenge of playing the 8-4 Argonauts.
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Edmonton Eskimos Hugh Charles (7), Fred Stamps (2) and Adarius Bowman (4) celebrate their overtime touchdown against the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg on Friday, September 20, 2013. The Eskimos won 35-27. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Photograph by: John Woods, THE CANADIAN PRESS