Blitz, blitz, Boatmen blitz!

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

TORONTO -- Michelangelo didn't carve out the sculpture of David right after picking up a hammer and chisel.

But Calgary Stampeders quarterback Michael Souza is being asked to create his own masterpiece in his first professional start if the Red and White have any hope of keeping their flickering playoff hopes alive.

Truth be told, if Souza could choose an opposing defence to face for his inaugural start, the Toronto Argonauts would not be anywhere near the top of his list.

"You aren't kidding about that," said Souza, whose Stamps visit SkyDome tonight (5 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet).

"They fall right up there with us as one of the top defences in the league because of the different looks that they give you.

"One play, they'll drop nine guys and, the next play, they'll bring nine guys. You never know what you're going to get."

The Argos D, which has given up the second-fewest yards in the CFL this season, will likely do what every team does when facing with an inexperienced pivot: Turn up the heat and throw everything but the kitchen sink at him.

"I would," Stamps GM-head coach Matt Dunigan said of the all-out blitz attack. "I'd go right at him. It's not a bad plan, attack a rookie quarterback and make him make plays."

The Argos, who played in Edmonton Saturday, have seen very little footage of Souza.

When asked about "the new guy" at yesterday's practice, veteran Argos linebacker Mike O'Shea said his defence doesn't really know what to expect from the youngster.

"We've seen maybe 15 plays," O'Shea said. "I haven't counted how many plays -- Souza, I believe -- was in for. It gives you a little bit of doubt as to what he'll do in certain situations. But we prepare the same way.

"If we're in a lot of situations where we can afford to bring pressure, that's what we'll do. We've got some guys who can get after the passer."

By rallying the Red and White to an improbable, come-from-behind 22-21 victory over B.C. last Friday, Souza has started to gain the respect of his teammates.

And although he'll surrender the starter's role to newly acquired Khari Jones when the Stamps host Toronto in 18 days, he's eager to lead his team to its first winning 'streak' of the season.

"(The win) gives our whole team confidence, especially our offence," Souza said. "I think that will carry over and help us out.

"If our defence keeps playing like they have, we should have a pretty good shot."


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