Argos eye atonement

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

No matter how hard they try, the Argonauts haven't blanked out their previous experience with the Montreal Alouettes.

The Argos play host to the Canadian Football League's best team tomorrow afternoon, marking the first meeting between the clubs since Aug. 7, when the Argos were clubbed 25-0 in Montreal.

It was the first time the Argos were whitewashed since 1992, and easily marks the lowest of many low points for the Boatmen this season.

"We have an axe to grind. We have something to prove," head coach Bart Andrus said yesterday.

"This is our opportunity to measure ourselves against the best in the CFL. Where they are right now, that is where we want to go. We're not intimidated."

PAIR OF LOSSES

No wonder it's where the Argos want to go. The Alouettes, undoubtedly still smarting after losing in the Grey Cup to Calgary last November, have taken out their frustrations on the rest of the league.

Montreal is 10-2, with just a pair of losses to Edmonton and B.C., mucking up their dreams of a perfect season.

The Alouettes boast the league's best offence and best defence.

With six regular-season games left, no team has shown that it might give Montreal a run in the playoffs.

Exactly how the Argos, 3-9 and the worst outfit in the league, try to put up much more than a whimper against Montreal should be interesting. A week ago tonight, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were feeling good and had won five in a row at home when the Alouettes showed up at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Three hours later, with the majority of fans gone, the Als strolled off the turf with a 42-8 victory.

"Last week, they played like everything you would expect as the top-ranked team in the CFL," Andrus said.

"Up until last week, they kind of went into a little bit of a lull where they were struggling at times to move the ball and people were actually scoring on them."

Argos running back Jamal Robertson, fifth in the league with 782 yards on the ground, was held to 20 yards by Montreal in August.

The game likely was Kerry Joseph's last start at quarterback for the Argos.

The Boatmen will say it's all about execution. But the Alouettes' skills are on a level by themselves.

"Like our coaches have said, it's not college football where there are mismatches all over the place," Argos defensive tackle Adriano Belli said. "We're professional football players and we try to whup somebody's (butt).

"We're playing in our home stadium and we have to show up."

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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