It's Argos' D vs. Bombers' RB

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:18 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- If you had a choice between the best defence in the CFL or a running back who has been depicted as having jet engines for legs, which would you take?

The answer might be clearer tonight after the Argos' defence -- No. 1 in the CFL in 2007 and mostly untouched -- meets the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Charles Roberts, who should challenge for the league's most outstanding player award this season.

"The time that these guys have spent together, man, I am talking about 2003, when I was in Saskatchewan," Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn said of the Argos' defensive corps. "You have to label them a great defence."

Roberts, whose likeness on the Bombers media guide and billboards around town has jet engines and wings in place of his calves, certainly will have the attention of Argos head coach Rich Stubler.

"Charles is one of the best I have ever seen," Stubler said. "He is durable, he runs with the football late in the game, doesn't fumble it. He is the epitome of what you want in a football player."

Yesterday was a day for throwing around compliments, but the tone will change when the teams meet at Canad Inns Stadium tonight. Though there are months of football to be played, an Argos-Blue Bombers East final is likely.

"It's pretty fantastic that we get to square off right from the get-go," Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown said. "Toronto was a handful last year. They always relied on a dominant defence, and with what they've added on offence, they're a lot more balanced."

One Bombers weapon the Argos won't have to defuse is slotback Milt Stegall, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on May 2. Stegall, just 196 yards shy of Allen Pitts for the CFL's career mark in receiving yards, is expected to be out until Week 3 at the earliest.


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