Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Redblacks Hope to See How They Measure Up against Calgary Stampeders

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Redblacks Hope to See How They Measure Up against Calgary Stampeders

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Redblacks hope to measure up against Stamps

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OTTAWA - The Ottawa Redblacks won't call it a defining game, but they know that how they handle the Calgary Stampeders will reveal a lot about themselves.

At 9-1-1 the Stampeders are the league's elite team and while the Redblacks hold first place in the East Division this week's match-up will be a true test of its identity.

"It's a good measuring stick," said Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell. "These guys the last time they didn't win was here, it was the tie here. We've got to go out there and give it our best shot to beat these guys. It's going to be tough regardless of what their record is, but sure it's a good measuring stick to see where you're at when you're competing against the team with the best record in the league."

Ottawa (5-4-1) could have won the first meeting back on July 8, but settled for a 26-26 tie after fumbling on the one-yard line with just over a minute remaining in regulation.

Since that game the Redblacks have had their share of struggles and will need to tighten up and play smart to have any hope of defeating the Stampeders.

"During this season we've taken a lot of penalties and at times been our own worst enemy and end up beating ourselves," said running back Patrick Lavoie. "Calgary is a team that plays well, makes good decisions and has confidence in its abilities. It's going to be a good challenge for us."

Consistency has been a problem for the Redblacks this season and a big game against the Stampeders would go a long way in reinforcing confidence as they head into the final stretch of the season.

"We've won games, we've lost games and in some ways we're still searching," Lavoie said. "That's not to say that if we go there and lose that we should panic, but it's definitely going to be a good way to figure out where we stand. I think we're still capable of doing more. …

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