Argos feeling heat

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

The game is the thing for the Argos -- for some, anyway.

Today's game between the Montreal Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders impacts upon Monday's game between the Argos and the Edmonton Eskimos at the Rogers Centre.

The Argos hold a two-point lead over the Als in the battle for first in the East. Both teams have five games remaining in the regular season. They've played twice this year and have won one game apiece. They face each other again on Oct. 22.

TOUGH TEST

If the Als win today, it forces the Argos to win to maintain their two-point cushion. Because the game will be televised on TSN, some of the Argos will be watching.

"I want to see how Montreal's going to play," receiver R. Jay Soward said yesterday. "My eyes are going to be glued to the TV. If Montreal wins, we're going to feel like our backs are up against the wall. We might tighten up a little bit. I'm excited to see what's going to happen (in today's) game and Monday's a big game, too."

Receiver Michael Palmer won't be among the players watching the game because he has other things to do and is trying to focus solely on the game against Edmonton.

"I'll worry about what (the Als) do when we get to them," he said. "It's good to watch games on TV, but we have an incredible staff -- offensive line coach Ken Miller and offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin -- who take care of the (opposition's) tendencies, so when we're prepping for that game, they tell us."

RENEGADES 43, TICATS 21

The Ottawa Renegades renewed their CFL playoffs hopes as they ended a six-game losing streak with a 43-21 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Ottawa.

TigerCats' Jesse Lumsden was held to 19 yards on eight carries in the first half and had one completion for five yards. He finished with 19 yards on four carries and five yards on one reception.


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