Battle of the basement

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

It's a battle of the 2-4 teams today at the Rogers Centre in Toronto as the B.C. Lions look to edge closer to .500 while the Toronto Argonauts are desperate for their first home win of 2009.

Rookie B.C. kicker Sean Whyte is hoping to reaffirm his status as Gibson's Finest special teams player of the week. He was four-for-four on field goals, with the longest being 44 yards, in the 35-20 win a week ago against the Roughriders. Teammate Ryan Grice-Mullen was runner-up.

"For (Whyte) to be this good and this calm and this relaxed has been a real treat," head coach Wally Buono said.

Toronto's Kerry Joseph, the 2007 most outstanding player, is on sideline duty as Cody Pickett starts for the third time of his career. He dropped a pair of games in Calgary last season.

Joseph -- picked-off a league-leading 10 times -- has thrown just seven touchdowns in 2009. The last straw was last week's 25-0 loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

"Let's see if (Pickett) can't spark us, see if he can't move our team a little better and see where it goes," Argos' head coach Bart Andrus said.

The Argos have just two touchdowns in their last four games.

Former Lions' all-star offensive tackle Rob Murphy meets B.C. for the first time. Murphy, a three-year Lion, joined the Argos in the off-season to be closer to his triplets in Florida.


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