CALGARY STAMPEDERS (2-3)
EDMONTON ESKIMOS (2-2-1)
This is the first of three Battles of Alberta this season. The two teams split the season series a year ago, with each winning twice on their home turf. The Eskimos hold the edge in the all-time series (117-72-3).
22.1 -- The average yards per catch of Calgary receiver Jeremaine Copeland, which leads the group of CFL players with more than five receptions. The Stamps will need Copeland's big-play ability to take advantage of the Eskimos secondary.
Stamps RT Jeff Pilon vs. Eskimos DE Rahim Abdullah -- The former teammates used to scrap it out in practice every day and now will get to do it for real. Abdullah is a master of getting under an offensive lineman's skin and these two fought in a pre-season game in 2004 during Abdullah's first stint with Edmonton.
3 KEYS TO VICTORY
1. Which Hank shows up -- Will it be the Henry Burris who shoots the lights out, or will it be the Henry Burris who turns the ball over? Simply, an error-free performance by the Calgary quarterback is needed for a chance at victory.
2. Pick Rick -- In each of Edmonton's two losses this season, Ricky Ray has thrown three interceptions, giving the opposing offence good field position. Calgary will need to pressure Ray and give the secondary opportunities.
3. Block out the blocks -- Both these teams had kicks blocked last week for crucial plays against them. Both spent extra time this week making sure assignments those mistakes are eliminated.
Calgary -- LT Garrick Jones returns from his arm injury just in time for the offensive line to lose its veteran leader. LG Jay McNeil is out with a calf injury and will be replaced by Rob Lazeo. Jones takes the roster spot of WR Ken-Yon Rambo, while DL Justin Phillips takes McNeil's roster spot. DB Lamont Brightful gets activated in place of Sadrick Williams (groin) and will back up at returns as well.