As the Argonauts prepare this week for the Edmonton Eskimos, they’re not going to consider the fact the Eskimos are feeling a little bit better about themselves.
The Argos will be in Edmonton on Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium to face a club that started to get its mojo back with a win against the B.C. Lions last Friday.
It was the Eskimos’ first win of the 2010 season, and came after team president Rick LeLacheur was highly critical of the outfit’s 0-4 start, its worst since 1965. The victory, in all likelihood, saved the job of head coach Richie Hall, but it did not keep general manager Danny Maciocia employed. Maciocia, who had become a lightning rod for Eskimos fans, was fired on Saturday, a day after the victory.
“It does not matter if they were 4-0 or 0-4, it’s just another opportunity for us to do what we do,” Argos free safety Willie Pile said.
“We can’t worry about what they are doing. We just worry about us. We know what we have to do to get better, and we will put together a solid game plan.”
The Argos will be back at practice on Monday at their Erindale training facility after getting the weekend off, but not necessarily for good behaviour. In practice, they will try to erase the sting of getting clubbed 41-10 by the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday night.
And there’s a good chance running back Cory Boyd can bounce back after a sub-par game against Montreal. The Eskimos are not good against the run, as they were last in most of the categories in run defence heading into Week 5.
That should play into the hands of Boyd, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of the Argos’ five games.
Against the passing game, the Eskimos defence has been much more effective.
The Boatmen have not won in Edmonton since 2007, and will get their first look at Andre Talbot, who was traded west during the off-season after nine seasons in an Argos uniform. Talbot had the game-winning touchdown against the Lions, his first in Eskimos colours.
The Argos last season lost both of their games against Edmonton, falling 22-19 in Week 15 at the Rogers Centre before getting crushed 36-10 two weeks later at Commonwealth.
After returning home, the Argos will play Montreal and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Toronto prior to their by week.