Oddly enough ...

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

BURLINGTON, Ont -- At first glance, the Edmonton Eskimos are getting very little respect.

Although the Green and Gold defeated Toronto 47-28 last Thursday, the Argos are 3.5-point favourites to win the rematch today at Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto.

That is the betting line from internet and Las Vegas oddsmakers.

But when this game is put under the microscope, it's hard to criticize the betting spread.

Since Danny Maciocia took over as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos in 2005, the club has only swept one back-to-back, home-and-away series with the opposition.

That is one sweep of a home-and-away series in 11 tries.

So, the odds of Edmonton sweeping Toronto today - getting victories in back-to-back games against the Argos in the span of 11 days - aren't good.

On top of that, the Esks haven't won in Toronto since Thanksgiving Day 2005 and have only captured two of the last nine games against the Double Blue.

Edmonton defensive back Jordan Younger isn't surprised about the betting line favouring the Argos.

"There are generally only one or two teams in the league that handle business home and away," said Younger.

"Traditionally the last couple of years it has been B.C."

Starting Edmonton offensive lineman Joe McGrath heard about the betting line from his father, who phoned him from Las Vegas.

"We haven't proven we can win on the road yet this year or from last year," said McGrath.

"This is a big challenge for us.

"Everyone always plays better at home.

"It is a tough environment (on the road). You have to do silent counts (on offence)."

But good teams overcome those hurdles.

Edmonton plays two straight games on the road in this nine-day journey to Ontario, finishing the trip with a game in Hamilton on Friday.

"These (are) two big games on the road here - we can end up being 4-1 (in the regular-season with two road wins on this trip) and being (in) a commanding, dominant role in the West," continued McGrath.

"It is a huge week for us. It will give us a lot of confidence as a team and our fan base back in Edmonton that we are back."


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