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September 27, 2018

PREVIEW: TOR @ CGY

Home sweet home!

After a big 48-23 road win against the Tiger-Cats on Sept. 15 in Hamilton and then a bye week, the Red & White return to McMahon Stadium for a tilt with the Toronto Argonauts.

Fighting for their playoff lives in the East Division, the Argos will be hungry for a win this weekend.

“They’re a team that wants to win, they’re 3-9 right now so they’re looking for wins no matter how they can get them,” said star linebacker Alex Singleton. “We’re going to get a team in here that’s going to compete and probably have the same attitude that they had in November, so we’ve got to be ready for it.”

The Stamps are a perfect 6-0 at McMahon this season, while Toronto is hoping to avoid a sixth straight road loss.

The defensive game plan is simple for the homeside heading into Week 15: they know if they contain the ground attack, they’ll be able to limit the talented Argos offence.

“It always starts with controlling the run game,” said defensive coordinator DeVone Claybrooks. “So we’ve got to try to make (James) Wilder a non-factor, and then get pressure on the quarterback.”

Singleton will be on those players tasked with containing the Toronto star.

“James Wilder is a good running back, so you’ve got take him out of the game, force their hand and make them one-dimensional,” he said.

But the Argos have more weapons that just Wilder, the 2017 CFL Rookie of the Year.

Quarterback MacLeod Bethel-Thompson has proven his ability to make big plays, while S.J. Green continues to rack up the yardage. Mix in the recently acquired Duron Carter, the speedy Armanti Edwards, and fullback Declan Cross and you’ve got a formidable group.

Stamps All-Star defensive lineman Micah Johnson believes that a strong effort from the front seven will set the tone for Friday’s game.

“They have a good offence,” said Johnson. “Bethel-Thompson does a good job of making plays and of course, you have Wilder there. They want to run the ball and be physical, so we have to do a good job of establishing a physical defence early on. I think that will be the key – being physical up front and shutting down the run.”

On the offensive side of the ball, the Stampeders are testing their depth at the receiver position.

Markeith Ambles, who has been on the practice squad all season, is getting his first opportunity of 2018 and is hoping to show fans that he can produce when given the chance.

“I’ve been preparing my butt off, doing some extra studying and extra film work so I can be ready to play a game,” Ambles said. “I’m a guy that’s going to bring some excitement. Another weapon on the offensive side of the ball. A guy that will bring 100 percent effort, just like all of the other guys.”

The additions to this week’s 46-man roster are DB Patrick Levels, RB Don Jackson, LB Cory Greenwood, RB Charlie Power, REC Markeith Ambles, and DL Ese Mrabure. The subtractions are DB Adam Thibault, DB Royce Metchie, LB Dwayne Norman, REC DaVaris Daniels, DL Mike Rose, and DL Derek Wiggan.