Toronto Argonauts face another crucial matchup against Alouettes

Toronto Argonauts quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson (4) looks to pass as he is pressured by the Montreal Alouettes. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Toronto Argonauts quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson (4) looks to pass as he is pressured by the Montreal Alouettes. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Toronto Argonauts face another stiff test from the Montreal Alouettes who want to make a push for top spot in the East Division.

In his rookie season as a head coach with the Toronto Argonauts, Ryan Dinwiddie is about to face his toughest test, cementing top position in the CFL’s East Division.

Coming into Friday’s matchup against the Montreal Alouettes, the Argos can gain a little bit of separation from the team that’s chasing right behind them. Toronto would be bounced to second place if Montreal comes away with the win and they are riding a three-game winning streak.

“I told the players the importance of the game, but they’re all important at this stage of the season,’’ said Dinwiddie. “The focus is on the game at hand.”

Not only will the Argos be looking for a win, but they would also like a result similar to the pounding they gave to the Ottawa Redblacks instead of pushing for a last-second win. They were able to get a much-needed week of practice which was afforded to them because of a short turnaround between games.

A crucial matchup will be the Argos defence against William Stanback who had 133 yards and a touchdown against Toronto back on Sept. 24. He has been averaging 6.0 yards per carry despite never getting over 20 carries in a game which is some efficient running.

Fortunately, the Argos will get Henoc Muamba back which should help in that regard and also gives Toronto another Canadian starter. Jamal Campbell is the notable absence in this game as Trevon Tate will fill in at right tackle.

Toronto Argonauts offence showing signs of improvement but wil need more

In their last meeting against the Als, Toronto didn’t get as many opportunities with the ball but they were definitely effective when called upon.

One area the team will need find more production is with their running game. D.J. Foster had to assume more responsibility with John White out with an injury. He is back and not putting any limit on what he will be able to do.

At times, Dinwiddie has abandonned the run with the Argos struggling to move the chains on the ground or needing to get down the field in an instant. White said during a Zoom call that all he and Foster can do is make sure they put in a good week of practice so that they can be prepared for when they need to execute a play.

It would certainly be helpful if the running game can find some of the success they had early in the season because it will open more in the passing game. Montreal is gaining momentum at the right time, but the Argos have pulled out some tough wins and know exactly what is on the line.

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