Win one for Tillman?

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

Eric Tillman would like nothing more than to be 1-0 after joining the Edmonton Eskimos this week.

But to do that, the 2-8 club will have to reverse its misfortunes on the road against the East Division leading Montreal Alouettes Sunday at 2 p.m.

"Everything's good when you win, everything's bad when you lose. If we win this first game it will be a great experience," said Tillman.

"It's important to start the road trip off winning the first game. I hope we go into Montreal, play well and are in position to surprise some people in the fourth quarter.

"They're a good football team. I'm very impressed with Adrian McPherson in that game and it makes it more difficult to prepare for them given the fact that they have both A.C. (quarterbacks Athony Calvillo) and McPherson who can create some problems."

But the Eskimos got creative themselves in their first meeting of the season, a 33-23 loss at home where they led 23-15 after three quarters.

"We look at that film and we did a lot of good things against these guys," said Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray. "If we come out doing the same things, making plays, then we'll put ourselves in position again.

"The biggest thing from that is our receivers, they just couldn't cover us. Whether we're beating them or they were getting a lot of PIs (pass-interference penalties), we were putting ourselves in a lot of opportunities to make some big plays so we've got to continue that."

Having slotback Fred Stamps back from injury will help.

"Montreal, they have a really good defence," said Stamps. "To tell you the truth, I really enjoy playing football against all the teams out east. I'm just anxious to get out there. I've missed the last few weeks and I'm just itching to get out on the field again."


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