With their playoff chances hanging on a thread, the Toronto Argonauts need to show they can put together a dominant effort against the Montreal Alouettes.
If there was a time for the Toronto Argonauts to prove they have what it takes to overcome their slow start, they need to start showing it when they take the field in Moncton.
The Argos have no room for error at this point of the season, they only have one game left against the West Division so if they are serious about making the playoffs, they need to make a statement against the Als.
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Coming off a stretch of games playing against the West, Toronto can start making ground in the East Division. The team knows how crucial this game is to their playoff hopes and also know they won’t have an easy time going up against a Montreal team that has turned a lot of heads this season.
There will be an adjustment to make defensively going from Trevor Harris to Vernon Adams Jr. who offers a different style of play as a quarterback who isn’t afraid to move out of the pocket to make a play.
"“He’s definitely is a very elusive but his legs, he can make moves, he can make plays with his feet,” said defensive back Alden Darby who trains with Adams Jr. during the off-season. “He and Trevor Harris are obviously two totally different quarterbacks, We definitely have to game plan to kind of keep him in the pocket, keep him contained.”"
When teams evaluate their performance, they often look at how they play on all three phases and when you look at the Argos this season, they have not put up a dominant effort to make any game easy on them. They haven’t seen a breakout from their offence to take the pressure off the defence, and at the same time, they haven’t exactly stifled an opposing team’s offence either.
Now, the team has been through changes and are a younger group so there is an adjustment period and a lot of moving parts when you look at how the depth chart has changed week-after-week.
At some point, however, there has to be some continuity and progress to show that the team is capable of playing with the top teams in the league. Against Winnipeg, they showed that over the second half but of course they would like to do it over the course of the entire game.
With Ottawa having a really tough time, Toronto should be able to pass them in the standings or be in a position to move past them in a couple of weeks.
There have been a lot of distractions that the team is trying to sort out with their quarterback situation and what happens with James Wilder Jr, moving forward. If they can find a way to navigate that, they will certainly be better for it.
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