TORONTO -- He sports a horrible moustache, but Adriano Belli remains a confident man.
"We've had some bad luck, but we can play with anybody in this league," the Toronto Argonauts defensive tackle said this week as Toronto prepared to take on the B.C. Lions in Vancouver tonight.
"We have to get on a winning streak. Winning one at a time is not good enough. For the first time in years, B.C. does not have a heck of a lot of confidence, so I hope we can pounce on that early."
The Argos rode high at practice all week after beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in overtime, improving to 3-7. And there's no doubt a further spring in their collective step should come with the return of Dominique Dorsey, who will play in his first game of the season after he was cut by the Washington Redskins.
With just one interception in his first four starts, Cody Pickett will be behind centre for Toronto. The Argos won't have to worry about getting shredded again by Lions quarterback Jarious Jackson, who is out with a shoulder injury. Jackson led the Lions to a 36-28 victory in Toronto on Aug. 14 but will watch as Buck Pierce starts tonight.
Pickett has just one win in six CFL starts, including two last season, but he is progressing and won't be an afterthought for the Lions.
"He has a good feel for where his secondary receivers are," Lions GM-head coach Wally Buono said. "He is accurate and smart.
The Lions are 4-6 and in last place in the West Division.
The Argos will become a historical footnote if they lose, as Buono is one victory from becoming the most successful regular-season coach in CFL history. Buono and Don Matthews are tied with 231 wins.
"I'm not sitting here on pins and needles thinking about it," Buono said. "If we're leading with a minute left in the game, I might think about it. At the end of the day, I would just like to move on."
As for Belli's moustache, he hasn't had it long but is keeping the razors at the ready. He knows it's not a great look.
"If I don't get a sack this week, it's coming off," Belli said.