Good ship Robertson

Argos running back Jamal Robertson heads into tonight's game fifth amongst rushing leaders. (Sun...

Argos running back Jamal Robertson heads into tonight's game fifth amongst rushing leaders. (Sun Media/Jack Boland)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

TORONTO -- Jamal Robertson is the key to success in Toronto.

Whenever the running back rushes for over 100 yards in a game this season, the Argonauts always win.

The problem is he has only done it three times in 14 tries so far.

If the 15th one is to be a charm, he will have to contend with an Edmonton Eskimos defence that will no doubt play with a chip on its shoulder following last week's 34-31 loss to the B.C. Lions in the final minute.

Seeing that the Eskimos have given up the most points in the league this year is nothing for the running back to get excited about either.

After all, his team is usually the one on the sorry side of the stats sheet.

"Every time somebody says something it's never in our favour, so I'm not going to go off on that," said Robertson.

Besides, he's more threatening on the field than in an interview.

"They run the ball very well," said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. "The run has been consistent for them all year long."

Robertson heads into this week fifth amongst rushing leaders with 945 yards on 174 carries for a 5.4-yard average and eight touchdowns.

"That's the most (important) part, staying healthy and being out there to play every game," said Robertson.

"But unfortunately we didn't end up in the Win column so those are just numbers now."

Those numbers, important or not, are something he gladly shares with his teammates -- especially the offensive line. There's been a new catchphrase around the practice field:

"Come on, get Jamal the ball," he said. "It's exciting when they're behind you. I'm a running back. I want to touch the ball any chance I get."

But it's not something he lives or dies by.

"Whatever they need me to do, any phase of the game, I want to be there for the team."

It's an attitude that no doubt comes from experience.

At 32 years old, he finds himself 55 yards away from eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark.

"Me being an older running back, as well as the organization, I'm just going to let them know I've still got some years left in me, in this body. It's real good for me and my career," he said.

But age, like his stats, might as well be just another number.

"It's a blessing to be here playing at this age," he said. "I'm still feeling good. If I didn't tell anybody my age they never would have known."

GERRY.MODDEJONGE@SUNMEDIA.CA

WHO HAS THE EDGE?

Quarterback - Eskimos

Running back - Argonauts

Receivers - Eskimos

Offensive line - Eskimos

Coaching - Eskimos

Defensive line - Argonauts

Linebackers - Argonauts

Secondary - Argonauts

Return game - Eskimos

Kicking - Eskimos


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