Short week, no prob

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

Cleaning up against the Edmonton Eskimos is not an easy thing for the Calgary Stampeders.

It's been nearly a decade since the Stampeders swept the Labour Day double-header that has become a traditional two-games-in-five-days series.

This year, the Stamps are more prepared than ever to face the quick turnaround because this will be the third time the CFL club has travelled on a short week.

The other two times weren't successful -- they lost 48-15 in Toronto on three days' rest and 30-18 in Montreal on four days' rest -- but now they are battle tested.

"There's really nothing we can learn from it, but it does help us out," said receiver Jeremaine Copeland of previous short weeks. "We'll prove that when we go play in Edmonton. We were given a tough schedule, so we have to deal with it this year and make the best of a bad situation.

"We'll be a little bit smarter, knowing how to work going into the game. The best thing is we're here at home for the week."

After beating the Eskimos 35-24 Monday at McMahon Stadium, the Stampeders hold all the momentum heading into the anticipated rematch, when they get a chance to sweep the season series for the first time since 1998.

Henry Burris led another offensive explosion Monday of more than 500 total yards plus hit the 300-yard mark in passing for the sixth straight game.

The Stampeders only improved to 4-4-1 with the win, but they did clinch the tiebreaker with the 3-5-1 Eskimos if it comes to that.

Burris knows his club hasn't proven anything yet because they hit the halfway point of the season in third place of the West Division, just a game up on the Eskimos.

"They will be playing desperate ball this week and so should we," Burris said. "Although we're at .500, we don't want to fall below that again. This is, without a doubt, the most important game of our season.

"The first thing we talked about in team meetings was the first 30 minutes is done. We have another 30 to go. We're going up there for the second half and win. That's our mindset. We haven't won anything against Edmonton until we win both of these games. We're playing better, but until you consistently win, it means nothing."

The resurgent pivot added the Stamps don't plan to fail a third time on a short week.

"This is a much different team than it was then," Burris said. "We've gained a lot of confidence since those trips."


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