Argos all business

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 4:57 AM ET

EDMONTON -- They are out of the playoff race, but that doesn't mean the Argonauts have nothing to play for anymore.

In a season that's been more argh than go, the Argos were officially eliminated from playoff contention two weeks ago at the hands of the Edmonton Eskimos.

Worse yet, the Argos haven't beaten a West Division opponent in six tries this season, extending their streak to 0-12 dating back to July 20, 2008, when they beat the Eskimos.

"We're having bad luck in the West and East. We can't buy a win," Argos quarterback Kerry Joseph said. "It's got nothing to do with travel or anything, it's just not playing a full football game, not doing what we need to do to come out on top."

Regardless of their record or who the opponent is, the Argos are just like everyone else in the league when it comes down to the final whistle.

"That's why we play the game. You play to win," Joseph said. "You train, you practise to win and that's all it's about."

It's not even about revenge against the Eskimos for tapping the nail in their season's coffin.

"I wish them all the best. I think they've got great guys on their team, a great coaching staff," Argos defensive tackle Adriano Belli said. "But, hey, we go in every place to win and we're not worried about their record or their standings. We just want to win the game.

"We're not thinking about next season right now, we're thinking about trying to pull out a win here. Guys are playing for their spots, we haven't made that many changes this season but in the off-season (stuff) happens."

But they don't need to think about auditioning for a spot next year to be motivated to play tonight.

"The guys didn't get to this level without being competitive," head coach Bart Andrus said. "That, in itself, is enough to get them to play. It's just in their nature."

Reaves may get shot

As one of the only Argonauts who hasn't played yet this season, third-string quarterback Stephen Reaves could get his shot tonight as he takes over the No. 2 spot from the injured Cody Pickett.

"He hasn't played since the first pre-season game," Andrus said of Reeves. "I plan at some point, should the situation present itself, to get him into the game and get him some reps. I do want to see him play."

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