Stampeder Game Day

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:49 AM ET

STAMPS (4-4) AT ARGONAUTS (5-3)

5:30 P.M., ROGERS CENTRE

TV: TSN, RADIO: 770 AM -- QR77

COMING IN:

Calgary beat the Montreal Alouettes 40-37 Thursday on a last-minute drive by Henry Burris and last-second field goal by Sandro DeAngelis. Toronto is coming off an even shorter week after beating the Eskimos 22-18 in Edmonton Saturday.

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HEAD TO HEAD:

The Argos knocked off the Stamps 22-16 in Calgary's home opener on Canada Day. That gives Toronto a record of 6-4 in the last 10 with Calgary. The Argos also have a 7-3 edge in the last 10 at Rogers Centre but trail the all-time series by one game with a 33-34-1 record.

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INJURIES:

CALGARY -- DL Demetrious Maxie (broken leg), DB Pascal Masson (groin), DB Joey Boese (hamstring), DB Ben Kelly (hamstring), DB Jermaine Chatman (jaw), C Jamie Crysdale (knee).

TORONTO -- DL Phillippe Audet (knee), DB Mike Crumb (ankle), OL Jerome Davis (adductor), LB Marvin Godbolt (hip), DB Bo Lewis (thumb), OL Mark Moroz (leg), WR Andre Rison (hamstring), SB R. Jay Soward (shoulder), DL Chuck Walsh (ankle).

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ROSTER MOVES:

CALGARY -- Only one change is required from the group that beat the Als last week but it's a big one. DL Demetrious Maxie cracked a bone in his lower leg and will miss four to six weeks. Maxie has five sacks this season but his locker-room leadership will be missed most. Rookie Terrence Patrick will start in Maxie's place at end, while the club brought back training-camp cut Jerame Southern to fill the open roster spot.

MONTREAL -- Former CFL star RB Sean Millington came out of retirement Monday and makes his way onto the roster in place of LB Mike Crumb. Millington is expected to only see light special-teams duty but could also get a touch or two on offence after spending the past two seasons as a analyst with CBC. DB Byron Parker comes in for special-teams assignments and takes the place of DL Jerome Davis.

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MATCHUPS:

WHEN CALGARY HAS THE BALL -- Quarterback Henry Burris will try to keep his offence clicking. Burris played his best game in Red and White last week, going 17-of-22 passing for 327 yards and two TDs. He also scrambled well, amassing 96 yards on 13 carries. The Argos will try to force Burris into throwing situations by containing the pocket and not letting the agile pivot scramble. It might not work. Burris has great targets in Jermaine Copeland and Nik Lewis, who are third and fourth in receiving yardage in the CFL, respectively. Secondary receivers Brett Ralph, Ken-Yon Rambo and Gerald Harris are also capable of making up valuable yardage. Canadian rookie Ralph has an amazing 19.4-yard average per catch. Once a lead is established, expect RB Joffrey Reynolds to carry the ball more. The second-year Stamp is second only to Winnipeg's Charles Roberts with 645 yards in eight games and can kill the clock single-handedly.

WHEN TORONTO HAS THE BALL -- They will throw, throw and throw some more. Against the Eskimos Saturday, the offence only rushed the ball five times by design and compiled a dismal 37 yards, 20 of those on scrambles by QB Damon Allen. When the ageless pivot gets flushed out of the pocket, he can still be dangerous. The Argos added former CFL star RB Sean Millington this week as a way to light a fire under RB John Avery but there is little Avery can do if he doesn't get the handoffs. Allen is having one of his finest seasons passing and has no trouble putting together scoring drives but the Argos could only muster nine first downs against the Eskimos. He will attack a wounded Stamps secondary missing three starters. Allen has a 6.7% touchdown completion percentage and has the second-best QB rating behind B.C.'s Dave Dickenson with a 108.3. The Argos also have such a deep receiving corps that former NFL star Andre Rison is sitting on the bench and that was never more evident than in Edmonton Saturday when Allen hit Robert Baker, Arland Bruce and Tony Miles with TD passes.

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NOTABLES:

The last time these two teams faced, Argos WR Robert Baker got into an argument with K Noel Prefontaine on the sidelines at McMahon Stadium. Baker hit Prefontaine with a left hook and was suspended by the team for one game ... The Stamps are only 1-2 against East Division teams with the win coming Thursday over Montreal. Despite scoring 40 points in that game, the Stamps have only scored 71 points in those three contests ... The Stamps have not won back-to-back games since July 11, 2003.


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