Meet Hank ... or is it Frank?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Rahim Abdullah is hoping to see Hank Burris on Saturday - not Frank Burris.

In simple translation, Abdullah - an Edmonton Eskimos rush end - has taken Calgary Stampeder quarterback Henry "Hank" Burris and divided him in half.

"You've got Hank - he is a guy who is inconsistent," explained Abdullah.

"You got Frank - the guy who comes out and makes big plays and wins the game.

"Hopefully we can get Hank here this weekend."

The Eskimos (2-2-1) battle the Stamps (2-3) on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium with the heat squarely on Burris's shoulders.

The Stamps lost again last week with Burris fumbling twice and throwing two interceptions - including one that likely cost Calgary a win.

Abdullah played the last two years with the wildly inconsistent pivot in Cowtown.

JEKYLL AND HYDE

One week he can torch a team for almost 400 passing yards and win. The next week is when Burris can implode.

"He is dangerous," remarked Abdullah on Burris when he is hot. "He is a double threat. He can throw it or run it.

"And so, we just have to get on him early - not let him get on his game. It is about not letting him get any confidence early."

Calgary has lost three of its last four games.

The Eskimos have studied plenty of tape on the Stampeders and have put together a game plan with the intent of keeping that slide going.

"Henry is a good quarterback. If Henry comes out of the gate and he goes seven-for-eight with a touchdown and about 125 yards, he is going to drive you crazy through the course of a football game," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

"We've got to try to mix it up really early. And try to rattle him. And generate enough of a pass rush that he doesn't know where it is coming from."

That has been a problem for the Esks this year. The club is tied for second last in the league in sacks with just nine.

Making the problem worse against Burris, he has a very quick release with the ball.

But apparent split personalities aside, Abdullah is fearful that Burris will come out with a top-notch performance against Edmonton.

"I am expecting Hank to come in here and play one of the best games he has played all year," said Abdullah.

Edmonton defensive back Omarr Morgan - who played a few years with Burris in Saskatchewan - is also expecting his ex-teammate to come out with guns blazing in the face of severe adversity.

BIG EXPECTATIONS

"I think I am going to see the spectacular (Burris)," said Morgan. "He is going to have his ups and his downs.

"We had a couple of turn- overs last game but they (Calgary) can't come here thinking that is going to happen again."

And as much as the talk is about Burris, the entire Eskimos defence knows they have to right their own ship after getting blown apart in Saskatchewan last weekend.

"I don't know who those guys were (in Eskimo uniforms) - 24 drunken guys out there on the field getting slapped around," cracked Abdullah on the Esks' performance in Regina.

"We got to put that behind us. This is a big game."


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