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IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

WHEN THE STAMPS RUN

The offensive line will try to push the defence wide to let running back Joffrey Reynolds take on linebackers one-on-one. The Stamps star has been put on the backburner in recent outings because the team gets in a hole and tries throwing the ball. Reynolds can still make great moves in the open field and will challenge the Argos strong defence.

GIVE THE EDGE TO ... STAMPS

WHEN THE STAMPS PASS

Quarterback Henry Burris and his receivers will try to find the rhythm that's eluded them the past two games. Against Toronto, accuracy from the quarterback is key because the Argos defensive backs will sit back, read the pivot's eyes and jump in front of receivers. They have become experts creating turnovers in zone defence.

GIVE THE EDGE TO ... ARGOS

WHEN THE ARGOS RUN

Once again, the Argos will go with the healthiest running back available but there focus is never on this part of the offence. Jamel White suffered a concussion against Calgary and John Avery is still hampered by a knee injury. The Argos set up the run with the pass and sprinkle in plays at the best moments to catch defences off-guard.

GIVE THE EDGE TO ... ARGOS

WHEN THE ARGOS PASS

Former NFLer Mike McMahon gets under centre and will try to be more consistent in moving the team down the field. The receiving corps is solid, led by the multi-dimensional Arland Bruce, and last week were able to find huge holes in the Stamps secondary, which is banged up. Bruce should be McMahon's main target and is dangerous across the middle.

GIVE THE EDGE TO ... ARGOS

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Stamps have had inconsistency in their punting game with Burke Dales but still have a huge leg. But the Argos counter with return specialist Bashir Levingston, who was held in check last week in Toronto. Both Noel Prefontaine and Sandro DeAngelis are solid placekickers and both were all-stars last year. The Stamps have concerns on returns.

GIVE THE EDGE TO ... STAMPS

INTANGIBLES

The Stamps allowed 97 points in back-to-back road games -- a club record -- and should be a lot better with a full week of practice behind them. The Argos limp into McMahon Stadium with their No. 1 quarterback, Michael Bishop, out with a broken arm. There is no way the Stamps will lack effort and the home field should be an advantage.

GIVE THE EDGE TO ... STAMPS

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THE BOTTOM LINE

STAMPEDERS WILL WIN IF ...

They find a way to eliminate the errors that have caused them to turn the ball over at a furious rate in recent starts.

In Toronto, the Stamps gave up possession 10 times to the Argos and basically killed any momentum they received from five turnovers created by the defence.

Starting quarterback Henry Burris certainly can't be blamed for the problems but the entire offence needs to have some cohesion.

There are still plenty of weapons for the pivot to choose from but the key will be getting running back Joffrey Reynolds more involved. Nothing would help more than getting a score on defence or special teams.

ARGONAUTS WILL WIN IF ...

The offence finds the same success under a new quarterback it had when Michael Bishop was flying high for two weeks.

Bishop was hurt against the Stamps a week ago and will be replaced by former NFLer Mike McMahon. There is also the chance veteran Damon Allen will see action in the game as well.

The defence should do its part and limit the Stamps to multiple scores and the special teams are solid on both sides.

If the Stamps protect the ball more, the Argos will rely on linebackers Mike O'Shea and Michael Fletcher to stuff the Calgary running game and give the offence chances to have the ball.


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