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Tuesday, August 30, 2016



Ricky Ray returns just in time for a crucial stretch for the Toronto Argonauts.

Ray will start Wednesday night when Toronto (4-5) hosts the B.C. Lions (6-3) at BMO Field. Ray missed three starts recovering from a knee injury and the Argos were 1-2 under backup Logan Kilgore.

Ray's return should provide a boost for a Toronto offence that threw nine interceptions during his absence. Ray has had plenty of time to prepare as the Argos play their first game since a 46-23 loss to Edmonton on Aug. 20.

After facing B.C., Toronto will have a home-and-home series with the arch-rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4-5). The Argos will visit Tim Hortons Field on Labour Day before hosting the Ticats at BMO Field on Sept. 11.

Ray's return means Toronto will have its offensive leader back for a stretch that will see it play against East Division opponents in four of its next six regular-season games.

First things first, though, as B.C. will present a formidable challenge for Toronto. The Lions are coming off a 29-23 road win over Ottawa on Thursday, their third straight victory over an East Division squad, to improve to 4-1 overall away from B.C. Place Stadium.

Pick - B.C.


Ottawa (4-4-1) has dropped four of its last five games. Trevor Harris threw for 352 yards and a TD in his return against B.C. and while the Redblacks' defence had six sacks and forced two fumbles, it also allowed 420 net yards _ including 128 rushing. After exploding for six touchdowns in a 43-19 win over Ottawa, Montreal (3-6) managed just two in its 32-18 loss to Winnipeg. Receiver Duron Carter won't play after an arbitrator upheld his a one-game suspension for bumping Ottawa coach Rick Campbell earlier this season.

Pick - Ottawa.


Winnipeg (5-4) has won four straight after last week's 32-18 victory over Montreal. Quarterback Matt Nichols improved to 4-0 since going under centre but again got plenty of help from the defence, which forced six turnovers against the Alouettes. But the Bombers were flagged 13 times for 151 yards in penalties. Saskatchewan (1-8) continues to struggle after losing a 33-25 decision last week to Edmonton. The Riders have lost five straight and been outscored 181-60 over that span.

Pick - Winnipeg


Calgary (7-1-1) has won six straight and is riding an eight-game unbeaten streak while Edmonton (5-4) has recorded three consecutive victories. The Stampeders are also 4-0 at McMahon Stadium. Edmonton's Mike Reilly leads the CFL in passing (3,096) and TD strikes (16), just ahead of Calgary's Bo Levi Mitchell (2,857 yards, 15 touchdowns) although Mitchell possesses a CFL-best 35-7-1 career record as a starter. Another factor in the Stamps' favour is kicker Rene Parades, who has made 28 straight field-goal attempts.

Pick - Calgary


There's something about playing on the road that agrees with Toronto (4-4), which is 3-0 away from BMO Field. And there's also the matter of redemption as Hamilton (4-5) handed the Argos an emphatic 42-20 loss in the first-ever regular-season game at BMO Field to open the '16 season June 23. And that was with Jeremiah Masoli at quarterback as incumbent Zach Collaros was recovering from season-ending knee surgery. Collaros is back, having thrown for 1,151 yards with 10 TDs and just one interception in his three starts. Hamilton is just 1-2 at Tim Hortons Field but that win was a 53-7 victory against Saskatchewan in Collaros's home debut.

Pick - Hamilton.

Last week: 4-0

Overall: 21-18-1

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

According to sportsnets prediction it says the players in riderville are unhappy with the way they are being treated is there any truth to that story its found on sportsnets predictions of cfl this week

Rod Pedersen said...

Unless the players want to step forward, it's useless complaining.

Anonymous said...

And who would want to step forward while they are still with the team?
Unless they are a star player, it would probably mean a ticket out of town.

Anonymous said...

They play like they're unhappy.

Anonymous said...

The players that would be unhappy would be the ones getting cut or benched as the team works towards building a championship caliber roster for the future. Any cry-babies need to be sent packing!

Anonymous said...

Grown men paided to play "a game" and they have the audacity to complain behind the bleechers. If they're not happy, they need to grow up, address directly with management instead of causing team disruption or get the hell out of town. Disruptive cry babies not wanted nor need not apply for future employment.

Anonymous said...

The only difference between Jones and Chamberlain is that Jones' arrogance and ego is more subtle. Chamberlain would destroy a players confidence by publicly announcing why he was being dropped from the roster. On the other hand Jones just replaces an abnormal amount of players without making any announcement. Can you imagine working under such conditions, whereby many who work beside you are let go without much chance to prove themselves. It wouldn't surprise me that there is unrest in the locker room.

Unfortunately there is not much that can be done, after having given Jones a multi year contract of substantial dollars.

While I have not been a strong Durant fan, I think that he has been the best player over the course of the season. He can't do it alone. He needs a running back who can go the distance. The offensive line should get better with the return of veterans off the 6 game list.The team needs a punt/kick returner who can go the distance (why did we punted Jackson who was also a decent defensive player). We need two defensive ends and a defensive line to put pressure on the quarterback. We need a defensive scheme that also puts pressure on the quarterback. We also need a safety and another defensive back that can provide closer coverage. We punted Brackenbridge who was destroyed by Chamberlain, but had potential to regain his defensive aggressiveness.