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TORONTO -- After a lengthy three-game road trip, the Toronto Argonauts are coming home.

However, their three-week stop on home soil won’t be one where they can unwind, and process the results of the last 21 days.

Rather, the Argos are facing arguably the toughest and most important stretch of their season, with upcoming crucial matchups against the Roughriders, Alouettes and Blue Bombers.

A win on Monday over the surging Riders would set up a battle for first place in the East Division the following Sunday with the Alouettes – a team the Argos have enjoyed some success against this season.

But, almost predictably, Argos Head Coach Scott Milanovich isn’t interested in looking too far ahead in the schedule.

“They’re all important at this time of the year,” said Milanovich with a laugh on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’ve been saying the same thing for five weeks, it seems like every single one is important, and obviously, we’re finally happy to be back at home, but we’ve got a tough stretch here,” he added.

Heading into their Thanksgiving Monday battle with Saskatchewan, the Argos continue to face some injury concerns, most notably regarding the status of their starting quarterback Ricky Ray.

Milanovich provided a brief update on his quarterback’s health on Wednesday.

“Ricky threw lightly today, he’s hopeful to go through drills tomorrow, but we’re waiting to see how he feels and see where that goes,” he said.

“I’m not reading any more into it than that, we’ll see if he can go through drills tomorrow and see how that goes and then we’ll adjust it from there,” he added.

Should Ray continue to be sidelined with his injured knee, the Argos can take solace in the fact that they have a more than capable backup available in Jarious Jackson.

Jackson stepped in for Ray under centre last week, completing 17 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown, while running one in himself.

The 35-year-old will be looked upon with confidence to provide the same, if not better, type of performance he put together last Saturday night.

“I thought Jarious played extremely well, I mean he had a play or two that he’d like to take back, but he managed the game and the team extremely well,” commented Milanovich.

“Ultimately he did what we hoped he’d do when Jim [Barker] brought him in here.”

As for the team either Jackson and Ray will be up against, the Roughriders are fresh off an inspiring victory over the league-leading BC Lions, and seemingly have no intention on slowing down.

Milanovich recognizes that his team is facing a tall order, and says his team will be tested against the high-flying Riders.

“These next two weeks are going to be very difficult, very competitive and physical football games,” he said.

“We’ve got a tough stretch here…Saskatchewan is a very very good football team.”

“Hopefully we’re up to the challenge.”

Fan Comments
getting into a debate about who has the better D means nothing as they run different schemes, and are not on the field against each other.
October 07, 2012 - 10:22am
If Argos have a better defense than why have they allowed 321 points scored while Riders have only allowed 280 points which is second best in the CFL
October 06, 2012 - 10:54am
als rule
got to give milanovich credit for his 1st year as a CFL HC!!
October 05, 2012 - 8:55pm
imho, the Riders are Canada's second favourite CFL team. i think a lot of people who cheer for a specific team, especially in Eastern Canada, think of Saskatchewan as their second favourite team. i hope it's a great game, but i hope the Argos win. when they play anyone else, i'll cheer for them. it was great a few years back to see Rider Nation at the Grey Cup festivities, the last time Toronto hosted.
October 05, 2012 - 12:57pm
EDMONTON , once again leads the CFL in attendance so they have the best argument to be Canada's team. I think that the ARGOS back up Q.B. has played better than RAY , has. JACKSON , can run with the ball and RAY , is too slow.
The ARGOS , will be missing their star running back in the SASK. game.
However , the ARGOS , should win this game at home. SASK. , is due for a loss. The ARGOS , have a better defense than SASK. , does.
SASK. , has a better field goal kicker. That could be the ARGOS undoing.
October 05, 2012 - 8:28am
Argos a better defense? The only category the a leading the Riders in is interceptions.
October 06, 2012 - 1:15am
Should be a good game - hopefully the Green Nation comes out to TO to cheer on Canada's Team. Fill the stadium with green.

We need this win for a home play off run.

October 04, 2012 - 1:58pm
Last time I checked there were EIGHT teams in the CFL, so one team can not lay claim to being "Canada's team"!
October 04, 2012 - 4:42pm
Last time I checked, there was only one team who sells over %50 of all CFL merchandise... CANADA'S TEAM!!! GO RIDERS!!!
October 04, 2012 - 11:31pm
Stamp Stomper ... is that "over 50% of 'ALL' CFL merchandise"?? ..... do you mean that Rider fans purchase more merchandise than the fans of all other seven(7) teams together?? WOW!
I guess that all those "Green Rider Nation fans" we see in every stadium across Canada is for real and does translate into a real measure!! !!
October 05, 2012 - 3:41pm