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The Eskimos and Argos met on two occasions during the 2012 regular season with Edmonton taking both matchups by a combined 45-32 margin.  Both meetings were in the first third of the season and a lot has changed since then with former Eskimo Ricky Ray catching fire and the Edmonton quarterback situation seeing its ups and downs in recent weeks.

All Smiles: Joseph steps in and steps up in win over Argos
Kerry Joseph came off the bench in impressive fashion, helping to lead his Edmonton Eskimos to a 26-17 win over the Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre.

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Steven Jyles stole the spotlight from Ricky Ray in his return to Edmonton, as the Eskimos hung on to a 19-15 win over the Toronto Argonauts at Commonwealth Stadium.
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Owens taking nothing for granted-
On the heels of being named the East's Most Outstanding Player, Argos prized receiver Chad Owens says he is nothing but thankful to hone his craft in Toronto.


QB connecting key to Argos' playoff success - With the Argos set for their playoff return, Scott Milanovich explains how it's helped him to look at the offence through the eyes of a quarterback. Argonauts ready to defend home turf - If the Argonauts are going to play host to the 100th Grey Cup on Nov. 25th, they know exactly the path they’ll take to get there.



Campbell: Esks go with experience over youth - As CFL.ca's Dave Campbell explains, the Edmonton Eskimos' decision to go with Kerry Joseph may have been an unpopular one, but it's likely the right one. Stamps remains focused on task at hand -
Regardless of who is throwing the ball for the Edmonton Eskimoss on Sunday, receiver Fred Stamps will be there to catch it.
Esks hope to make life difficult for Ray - How do you stop arguably the hottest QB in the league? According to the Eskimos defence, it's just a matter of making life difficult for Ricky Ray.

 


 

Ricky Ray 1-on-1 -  Argonauts QB Ricky Ray spoke to CFL.ca about his health heading into the Eastern Semi-Final, and how he feels taking on his former team in post-season action. Argos Ready for Esks Run Game - The Toronto Argonauts run defence is preparing as if they'll see more than just Hugh Charles during Sunday's Eastern Semi-Final. Marcus Ball 1-on-1 - Toronto linebacker Marcus Ball talks about how the Argos will deal with Edmonton's running backs and the excitement he has for playing in his first playoff game on Sunday.



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Esks Defence Ready for Ricky Ray -
The Edmonton Eskimos defence knows they face a tough task in stopping a red-hot Ricky Ray, but insist they're ready for whatever the veteran pivot throws their way.
Cory Boyd 1-on-1 -
Edmonton running back Cory Boyd says he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder when he faces the Argos on Sunday in the Eastern Semi-Final.
Charles Ready to go vs. Argos-
Edmonton RB Hugh Charles says that he is ready to go for the Eskimos in Sunday's Eastern Semi-Final game against the Toronto Argonauts.




Quarterbacks
Without a doubt the most intruiging matchup in this game centres around one man that used to call his opposition home and another that isn't sure if he is going to start or not.  The undisputed starter in Toronto is future hall of famer and Eskimo hero Ricky Ray but the question in Edmonton is will former Argo Kerry Joseph be able to consistently lead the Esks? Advantage: Toronto

Receivers
Fred Stamps leads a group of dynamic playmakers in Edmonton that can only take pressure off whoever is at the helm.  Meanwhile, the Argos are led by Chad Owens, Andre Durie and Dontrelle Inman who help complement a corps that has come together with the emergence of Mo Mann and Jason Barnes as playmakers in Scott Milanovich's system.  Advantage: Toronto

Running Game
Another link between these two teams can be found in the backfield. Chad Kackert is now the man in Toronto while the power-back he replaced, Cory Boyd, joins an already dangerous collection of ball carriers that contains Jerome Messam and is highlighted by Hugh Charles.  Advantage: Edmonton

Defensive Line
Despite injuries which hampered their lineup throughout the year, the Edmonton d-line which features names such as Laurent, Sewell and Howard have been feasting on the opposition all year.  The Argos rotate a bit more but have stalemates such as Ricky Foley, Armond Armstead and Kevin Huntley.  Advantage: Edmonton

Linebackers
The Esks lay claim to the league leader in tackles in JC Sherritt and the physical Domaso Munoz, while the Argos have a balanced group that features Robert McCune in the middle, the always high-flying Brandon Isaac and a budding star in Marcus Ball.  Advantage: Even
 
Defensive Backs
Both teams have ball-hawking secondaries.  Toronto features a group of youngsters such as Pat Watkins and Pacino Horne that play in front of the veteran Jordan Younger.  The Esks have a well-rounded group that boasts the CFL interceptions leader Joe Burnett and defensive halfbacks Chris Thompson and Weldon Brown.  Advantage: Edmonton

Special Teams
While Burnett handles most of the returning and Grant Shaw the placekicking in Edmonton, it is hard to doubt the playmaking ability of Chad Owens in the return game.  Even though he has yet to break one, his strong yards gained and the accurate punting of Noel Prefontaine often give Toronto a strength when trying to tip the field.  Advantage: Toronto

 

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