Argos offence 'hard to figure out'

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

John Hufnagel isn't sure what to think of the Argonauts and how they will try to move the football tonight.

"It's hard to figure out right now," Hufnagel, the head coach of the Calgary Stampeders, said yesterday. "They did a complete reversal as far as they attack the game offensively. I believe they had 19 straight passes in their previous game with Cody (Pickett) playing quarterback.

"They pose a problem. They are a challenge. We don't know what to expect and we have to be ready for everything."

In Pickett's two starts last year, both were against Calgary and both were Toronto losses. But for Hufnagel, watching Pickett was not new.

"I always thought, when I evaluated him coming out of college, that he was an excellent quarterback. He is on his way. I believe he is a quarterback who can play in this league."

The Stampeders have had trouble against the run, giving up an average of 144.1 yards a game, but the Argos had just 24 rushing yards against the B.C. Lions two weeks ago.

Missing Belli

Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris is going to regret not playing Argos tackle Adriano Belli.

"I won't be able to kiss him," Burris said, jokingly. "He is always a fun guy to play against because he makes it fun. He's a very good player, a real defensive presence in that great front four they have."

Belli has been fighting a fever that is the result of a leg infection and is on the DL. Belli can be activated for tonight, but it's doubtful to happen.

Skid to end?

The Argos have lost a franchise-record nine in a row at home, dating to Aug. 1, 2008. But the Stampeders are 2-8 in their past 10 games at the Rogers Centre.

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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