Week 4 Preview: Toronto Argonauts at Winnipeg Blue Bombers

WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 26: Michel-Pierre Pontbriand
WINNIPEG, MB - JUNE 26: Michel-Pierre Pontbriand /

It’s week 4 in the Canadian Football League as the first place Eastern Division Toronto Argonauts head to the province of Manitoba to take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Another week has come and gone in the Canadian Football League and after three weeks, business is slowly picking up. The fourth week kicks off between the visiting Toronto Argonauts (2-1-0) taking on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-1-0).

Like last week for the Argos, one team is trying to get a hot streak going while the other is trying to bounce back after a loss.

This time, it’s the other way around as the Argos are coming off a tight win in Ottawa winning 26-25 against the Redblacks.

As for the Blue Bombers, they’re coming off a tough 29-10 loss against the Calgary Stampeders in their home opener.

Like in previous weeks, let’s take a look at both teams and their stories leading up to their match up at Investors Group Field.

Toronto Argonauts

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The Argos left TD Place with the division league beating the reigning Grey Cup champions in a nail bitter.

Ricky Ray made CFL history becoming the sixth quarterback to throw for 300 touchdowns. His 300th pass was thrown to S.J. Green in the third quarter as part of a 12-0 run.

Green had his best game of his career with 210 receiving yards on ten catches. However, it was the defence that shined, something that the Blue Bombers struggled with against the Stampeders.

Victor Butler had three sacks on former Argos QB Trevor Harris, adding to his league leading total of seven on the season, Winnipeg has four in total. Bear Woods had another game with five or more tackles, putting up seven for a season total of 18 (T-4th in the league).

One thing to note on the field for the Argonauts is the loss of DeVeir Posey. The receiver was placed on the six game injured list with an undisclosed injury. Posey currently is 4th in the league in receiving yards at 280. It’s a tough loss in which the Argos offence has been finding its rhythm as of late.

Yet with the defence continuing to shine on the field, leading the league with 14 sacks , Winnipeg might have a tough time offensively. However, the Blue Bombers may post up some threats of their own.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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The Blue Bombers had a great start to their season, spoiling the party on Canada Day in Saskatchewan who opened in New Mosaic Stadium.

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However, it was the flip side for the Blue Bombers, putting up only ten points against the Stampeders and losing their home opener.  Not to mention, those points all came in the first half as they were shutout in the second.

Quarterback Matt Nichols will be trying to bounce back from a tough game against Calgary. He had a spectacular season opening performance, throwing four touchdowns with 331 passing yards against Saskatchewan.

Nichols is known to scramble frequently as he already had four carries on the season with 15 yards. He will trill to do that in order to evade the Argos front line but if the Argos can keep him in the pocket, he will have a tough time escaping.

The Blue Bombers also are able to turn the ball over, as they lead the league in interceptions at four, three of them coming from T.J Heath who was a part of the Drew Willy trade last season.

There you have it. As mentioned before, the Blue Bombers and the Argonauts open up week four around the league. The Argonauts are looking to further away from the pack in the East while the Blue Bombers are trying to catch up with their rivals in the West.

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Did we miss anything? What do you think about this match up? Kick off is at 8:30 EST on TSN and TSN 1050 Radio.