It’s test time for Argos

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 PM ET

If the Argonauts’ 2010 season is one of many tests, consider the game in Montreal against the Alouettes on Thursday night a major exam.

“When we see a team that is as well-oiled as them, we can’t really beat ourselves,” Argos safety and defensive captain Willie Pile said. “That’s what a lot of teams have done, us included. We have gone in there, we have beat ourselves, be it penalties or missed tackles. It’s a credit to them for being so disciplined in making the plays they need to be successful.”

The Alouettes have not lost at home in the regular season since Oct. 26, 2008, when they fell 24-23 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Montreal was 9-0 at Molson Stadium a year ago.

With quarterback Anthony Calvillo again in a groove, there won’t be many surprises for the Argos.

“For them, a five-yard pass is just as good as handing the ball off to (running back) Avon Cobourne,” Pile said. “They’re diverse and they have a lot of tricks, but it comes down to pitch, catch and tackle. They can break tackles and extend drives, and at the end, they start hitting you over the top. They’re well-schooled in what they do.”

Argos head coach Jim Barker is curious to see how his team will man up against the defending Grey Cup champions.

“In this league, you are as good as the last minute you played,” Barker said. “We are 3-1 and are playing another team that is 3-1 and in first place. It’s a perfect set-up for us to go in and do what we do. We know Montreal is going to play well, we know Anthony Calvillo is going to be at the top of his game, we know their defence is going to be firing. All we can control is us.”


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