Rocky road ahead

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

MONTREAL -- If the Edmonton Eskimos are going to accomplish their ultimate goal, they're going to have to suddenly become road warriors.

With the Grey Cup being the dream, the Green and Gold will likely have to play seven of their next 10 games on the road to win the championship title.

FRIGHTENING STATS

And while that is a frightening statistic, this next fact makes it worse for Edmonton: the Esks are 3-11 on the road over the last two seasons.

But if there is any good news for Edmonton - the West Division's last place club - it's the fact they can gain some points and confidence today on the road in Montreal with a win over the Alouettes.

"That is why (today) is so important - that we come together, play like we know we can," said Edmonton middle linebacker A.J. Gass.

"Take that same mentality that we had last week, bring it in to somebody else's house and display it."

Edmonton beat Montreal last week at Commonwealth Stadium, adding fuel to the rematch today.

Making this afternoon's game even more interesting is the possibility this could be a preview of the East Division semifinal.

Montreal is second in the East with 12 points, four up on third-place Toronto.

Edmonton is last in the West Division - four points behind Calgary for third - but the Esks are one point ahead of Toronto for the East cross-over playoff berth.

The Argos host Winnipeg today, meaning the Esks will be doing some scoreboard watching after their game.

But the pressing matter is beating Montreal - a team that is very successful at Percival Molson Stadium. In the last six seasons, the Als are 36-12 in regular season games at their regular park.

"It's not that we can't win (on the road), we just have to go in there and learn how to jump on people and stay on them when you are on the road," said Edmonton receiver Jason Tucker. "Everybody plays good when they are at home. So, you got to go prepared for their best."

WON LAST YEAR

Looking for some good karma, the Esks can point to last year with one of their rare away wins coming in this city - albeit at Olympic Stadium.

"If we want to get to the playoffs we have got to be able to win on the road," said quarterback Ricky Ray.

"I don't know what the answer is to that - just good teams find a way to do it."


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