Stamps hoping for dj vu

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:07 PM ET

The Stampeders just returned from a win in Vancouver and are preparing to face the Edmonton Eskimos.

"Didn't we just do this?" defensive tackle DeVone Claybrooks said with a laugh.

Three weeks ago, the Stamps beat the Lions 27-22 at Empire Fields, then came home and whipped the Eskimos 56-15.

This week, they beat the Lions 48-35, and the rest of the story will be written on Labour Day.

It's another quirk to a CFL season full of them for the Stamps.

"This is the same script, the same schedule and everything," said Stamps quarterback Henry Burris. "When we all arrived at Empire Fields, it felt like we had been there yesterday.

"We want another big victory. It does feel weird we have the same thing all over again. We got the victory in Vancouver and we have to play Edmonton. When we step on the field, we will face the same team as 10 minutes ago.

"But this is Labour Day, so it's out the window."

About the only difference this time is the Stamps will face an Eskimos team coming off a victory.

The 2-6 Eskies gutted out a come-from-behind 17-14 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"Now people look at this game as Edmonton not being as much of a pushover," Burris said. "We know we have to come ready to play."

If the Stamps continue a five-game winning streak, they may actually have a chance at clinching a playoff spot by beating the Riders Sept. 17 in Regina.

"This next stretch -- Edmonton twice, Saskatchewan and B.C. -- that could really set us up to where we want to go," receiver Nik Lewis said. "It's time to win. Like Al Davis said, 'Win baby, win.' "


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