Toronto Argonauts offence comes alive in win over Blue Bombers

Toronto Argonauts fans celebrate during a CFL game at BMO Field. (Photo by John E. Sokolowski/Getty Images)
Toronto Argonauts fans celebrate during a CFL game at BMO Field. (Photo by John E. Sokolowski/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Argonauts gave their fans a lot to cheer about as they earned a 30-23 victory in their home opener against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

It has been a while since Toronto Argonauts fans were treated to a dominant performance at home and that’s what they got.

Playing their first game at BMO Field since 2019, Toronto’s offence came out firing as Nick Arbuckle went 23-for-32 for 310 yards throwing for a touchdown and rushing for another. This comes after the team only scored seven points on the road against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Week 2.

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Despite dominating the time of possession and net offensive yards, the Argos were only up 22-14 as an 80-yard fumble and 51-yard touchdown by Darvin Adams kept the game from getting out of hand early.

In the second half, the Argos continued to move things on offence as Dejon Brissett almost recorded his first CFL touchdown on a 31-yard reception which set up an Arbuckle one-yard QB sneak to increase the lead.

It wasn’t just the passing game thriving against the Blue Bombers as the run game had another impressive performance. Making his first start of the season, D.J. Foster had 10 carries for 101 yards while John White IV added 24 yards on 12 rushes.

Toronto Argonauts defence delivers another standout performance

After three games this season, it’s hard to not label the Argos defence as the team’s biggest strength. In Week 2, the team made sure that the Blue Bombers running game wasn’t a factor and in the home opener they limited Winnipeg to 32 yards.

The difference in this game was making sure Winnipeg’s offence wasn’t on the field that long. Toronto held a significant advantage when it came to the time of possession at 39:46 with the Blue Bombers only having 20:14.

Zach Collaros only completed 54.5 per cent of his passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns finishing the game with an 80.87 passer rating. They also got an interception early that allowed the offence to add to the lead which seemed to provide more confidence early on.

Of course, it wasn’t a perfect game from Toronto as they fumbled the ball five times but other than the touchdown, they were able to limit those mistakes after getting burned for it in Week 2.

Dinwiddie did say that the experience of the team allowed them to overcome the moments where Winnipeg could’ve flipped the game in their favour.

Now the Argos have to deal with a short week as they will take on the Edmonton Elks in their second home game on Thursday. Edmonton is coming off their first win of the season against the B.C. Lions in Week 3.

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