Five days afterdenting the playoff hopes of the reigning Grey Cup champions, the Toronto Argonautscan deal theknockout blow to the Eskimos on Saturday afternoon in Edmonton (CBC, 3 p.m. ET).
With the Eskimos (5-10) teetering on the brink of elimination, a win by the Argonauts (9-5) in the back leg of the home-and-home series would officially knock Edmonton out of playoff contention.
The Eskimos are mired in last place in the West division, four points behind the Saskatchewan Roughriders with three games left in their season.
To avoid elimination Saturday, Edmonton will needa better start than they hadlast Monday, when they spotted the Argonauts a 25-9 halftime lead before dropping a 28-23 decision that secured a playoff spot for Toronto.
Argos quarterback Damon Allen hit receiver Arland Bruce for a pair of touchdowns, while running backs Ricky Williams and John Avery combined for 137 yards rushing in the win, which kept Toronto in a tie for first place in the East with Montreal.
"They had no idea what we were going to do," Williams said. "We have so many weapons on offence â¦ [it is] tough for a defence to know what we are going to do."
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Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray lost a fumble with under five minutes to go and the ball deep in Argos territory, halting the Eskimos' late rally.
"Toronto was very fortunate," Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia said. "I thought we would come away with at least three points [before the fumble] and have another possession. But misfortune fell on us."
Running back Troy Davis was a bright spot in the game for Edmonton, rushing for a season-high 189 yards to earn CFL offensive player of the week honours.
Eskimos defensive back Donald Brady, who playedMonday following the death of his father, missed practice this week to attend the funeral but may play against the Argos.
Fullback Mathieu Bertrand is expected to play, while defensive lineman Steve Charbonneau (back) will be a game-time decision. Running back Mike Bradley (neck) and defensive lineman Adam Braidwood (hamstring) remain out.