Game Day

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

CALGARY STAMPEDERS (7-4) AT EDMONTON ESKIMOS (3-7)

TV: TSN, RADIO: QR77

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

The Stamps whipped the Eskimos 44-23 in the Labour Day Classic Monday at McMahon Stadium, which swings the season series 2-1 in favour of Calgary. The two teams each won at home in the season-opening back-to-back meeting. The Eskimos lead the all-time series 71-116-4.

KEY STAT:

MINUS-11 -- The turnover ratio for the Eskimos this season. Only the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have a worse rating. Edmonton turned the ball over three times Monday, one of which went for a Brian Clark fumble return TD.

KEY MATCHUP:

Eskimos OG Rhett McLane vs. Stamps front seven. Calgary pounded Esks QB Ricky Ray Monday at McMahon Stadium, hitting him about 20 times in the victory. McLane will make his first start at right guard and try to hold the fort against different stunts the Stamps will throw at him.

KEYS TO VICTORY:

1. HANK ON THE RUN -- Stamps QB Henry Burris was most effective slipping past defenders for rushing yardage last week, including a dive into the endzone for a touchdown. Burris nearly topped the CFL's leading rusher, Joffrey Reynolds, for production and won't hesitate to take off again.

2. SCORE FIRST -- Calgary would dearly like to get on the board early and take the crowd out of the game. The Eskimos are expecting upwards of 43,000 and, despite their record, the fans should be a boost for the home side.

3. SPREADING THE WEALTH -- In the past two victories, Calgary has distributed the ball equally amongst the offensive weapons. On Monday, fullbacks Gilles Lezi and Tony Ficklin received their first carries of the season, while six players split 16 receptions. This balanced attack keeps the defence offguard.

ROSTER MOVES:

CALGARY -- No moves will be made from the lineup that beat the Eskimos Monday in Calgary. OL Jeff Pilon had surgery on his knee yesterday and will be sidelined for at least two weeks, meaning Tyler Lynem will continue to start in his spot. The other scratches are DB Crance Clemons, LB John Grace and DL Miguel Robede.

EDMONTON -- Canadian LB Jean-Philippe Abraham will be activated for RB Mathieu Bertrand (shoulder) and will fill on special teams. OL Dan Comiskey (concussion) is moved back onto the 46-man active roster but will not dress. The other scratches are DL Jabari Issa, DB Roosevelt Williams and SB Richard Alston.


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