The Toronto Argonauts maintained first in the CFL’s East Division but will need to clean up important mistakes before taking on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Everything the Toronto Argonauts have worked towards this season now relies on them continuing their success at BMO Field.
The Argos did enough to take a win on the road against the Ottawa Redblacks and remain in first place in the CFL’s East Division. They know that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are right behind them and Friday’s game is their most important one this season.
With a victory, Toronto will claim first in the East but most importantly, they will earn a bye into the divisional final. Just to give you an idea of what happens in a loss, they could land into third place which would be problematic on multiple levels.
Before we look at Friday’s matchup, let’s look back at the game in Ottawa and try to look at the good they can build on and the bad that needs to be sorted out.
Toronto Argonauts’ offensive struggles almost cost them against Redblacks
At some point, one of two things will happen to the Argos. Either they will start to learn from their mistakes or they will dig themselves a hole that they can’t get out of.
In the first half against Ottawa, the Argos mental mistakes and costly turnovers but still managed to keep the game close with the help of some missed field goals and the defence stepping up. Like we’ve seen on numerous occasions, Toronto found a way to make plays on offence and secure the win.
The Argos know they can’t just play well on offence for one quarter and expect to win. McLeod Bethel-Thompson knows that too and continues to own up for his mistakes but saying it won’t mean much if he can’t deliver against Hamilton.
We saw him do that back on Oct. 11 in Hamilton when Bethel-Thompson and the Argos had only five points going into halftime and went on to score 19 in the fourth quarter to win the game.
How can the Argos offence channel that from start to finish? Here are some ideas.