Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Argonauts Look to Register Consecutive Wins for First Time This Year

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Argonauts Look to Register Consecutive Wins for First Time This Year

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Argos look to buck season-long trend


The Toronto Argonauts couldn't pick a better time to break a season-long trend.

Toronto (5-7) hosts the Montreal Alouettes (3-9) at BMO Field on Saturday night having not won consecutive games this year. The Argos are coming off a 34-26 home victory over the Edmonton Eskimos last weekend, their first over a West Division club this season.

A win over Montreal would help the Argos in two ways. First, they'd take the season series 2-1 and hold the tiebreaker against two conference rivals, having already secured it against Ottawa.

Secondly, the Argos would give themselves a six-point cushion on Montreal in the battle for second in the East Division. And that's crucial given it's clear only two Eastern clubs will qualify for the post-season.

The Argos have a glorious opportunity to take control of matters in the East Division. Montreal has dropped five straight, is 0-5 on the road and averaging just 18.3 offensive points per game overall.

Ottawa (5-7-1) remains atop the East but has quarterback issues. Trevor Harris (shoulder) is on the six-game injured list and backup Drew Tate suffered an arm-shoulder injury in last weekend's 29-11 win over Montreal and isn't expected to play when the Redblacks visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this week.

That would leave former NFLer Ryan Lindley under centre after he completed 7-of-14 passes for 76 yards and an interception in relief of Tate versus Montreal.

And after reeling off two straight wins, Hamilton (2-9) dropped a 27-19 loss to Saskatchewan and faces the B.C. Lions (5-6) on Saturday night. East Division teams are a dismal 4-21-1 versus their Western rivals this year.

Toronto is the only East Division team to have a winning home record (4-2) and has the best head-to-head record (4-2) within the conference. The Argos also didn't have starter Ricky Ray for their 21-9 road loss to Montreal on Aug. 11 as Jeff Mathews and Cody Fajardo were a combined 18-of-28 passing for 142 yards.

The following week, Ray was 35-of-43 for 377 yards and four TDs in a 38-6 home win against the Als. On Saturday, Ray was 22-of-32 passing for 224 yards with a touchdown and interception against Edmonton as running back James Wilder Jr. …

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