Argonauts outplayed and outclassed by Calgary Stampeders hosts


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The Argos would step up in class and be outclassed by the host Calgary Stampeders.

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When the games were available, the Argos failed to run.

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When it came to changing momentum, the Argos were unable to play.

A loss is one thing, especially when four straight wins have come on the night, but losing defensive stalwarts in Wynton McManis and Shane Ray could prove devastating as the battle for the top spot in the East with Montreal is officially over. the appointment.

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The Argos threatened late and were then officially extinguished when Cameron Judge knocked out McLeod Bethel-Thompson and returned him 71 yards for a touchdown in Calgary’s 29-2 victory.

Toronto’s defense wasn’t the problem, even with two stars discarded.

The problem was the offense, which looked good against players like Hamilton and Ottawa.

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Against Calgary, the Argos offense must have been very good, sometimes even elite, but it was never so far from reaching a high level.

MBT threw two interceptions and found no rhythm with his receivers, especially DaVaris Daniels.

After the judge’s pick of six, the Argos gave reps to Chad Kelly at quarterback.

The Argos will return to Alberta in two weeks after this week’s home game against the BC Lions, Toronto’s first appearance at BMO Field since Aug. 26.

By the time Toronto visits Edmonton, the Argos could be tied for first in the East with Montreal, who beat the Elks on Saturday afternoon.

As the Argos continue their run against western opponents, the Alouettes, who lost in Toronto in June, will have a home-and-away game against Ottawa, which just fired its head coach.

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All of a sudden, the Argos don’t look so good anymore when it comes to winning the East.

They end the season with a home-and-away series with Montreal, two games that will likely decide the division.

McManis and Ray’s status was not immediately known.

Neither wound looked good.

Although the Stamps’ defense is very good, it’s inexcusable that the Argos gave up sacks when Calgary used a three-man run.

When the running game seemed logical on certain downs and distance, the Argos took the illogical route in throwing the ball.

Toronto stayed in the game because of their defense, which came close to scoring a touchdown when former Stamps halfback DeShaun Amos failed to secure the ball in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Henoc Muamba of the Argos produced his second pick of the night with Calgary poised to add to their lead.

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An opportunity was created and then quickly missed when Daniels, who found himself behind cover, could not locate the ball on a through pass.

Toronto’s injury setbacks began at the start of the game.

Needless to say, it wasn’t the ideal way to start a game when special teams fiend Ben Adeboboye got injured.

The rookie would return.

It would get worse and be decidedly more problematic when Ray and McManis left the game with arm and knee injuries, respectively.

Trevor Hoyte took the starting role as a weak secondary linebacker for McManis, while fellow Canadian Robbie Smith took on more reps late in the run.

Smith’s sack was Calgary’s first sacrifice in 13 quarters.

Even minus two critical players, Toronto’s defense held on and forced a turnover late in the first quarter when Muamba hauled in an overturned ball for an interception.

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It says a lot when the Argos had more punts (3) than rushing attempts (2) in the first 15 minutes of the game.

A second punt single by the Argos would open the scoring.

Then came the momentum of the match when MBT made a terrible pressure throw that led to an interception, marking the sixth consecutive game in which he was knocked out.

The Stamps capitalized on the turnover by producing the first touchdown of the game.

The Argos responded to the Stamps’ salvo by designing a decent practice punctuated by the running game.

Rather than go for the third-and-one, the Argos asked Boris Bede to go for a field goal from 46 yards.

He missed.

On Calgary’s possession rush that followed, they quickly drove the field to score their second straight major to take a 14-2 lead, an advantage the Stamps would take at halftime.

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Take away two plays – MBT’s pick and Bede’s miss – and Calgary’s lead would have been 7-4.

Toronto’s offense went from bad to worse as the game progressed later in the evening.


The Argos had veteran Brandon (Speedy) Banks as their primary returner.

He also took the odd rep to the catcher.

Toronto’s return game hasn’t created any big explosive plays this season.

On the other hand, the coverage unit was quite good.

Banks assumed full-time duties at McMahon Stadium when Jeremiah Haydel was moved to the coaching roster after handling returning duties for the past few weeks.

The only positive about Haydel is that he at least secured the ball but at the same time was unable to break away for a meaningful gain.

Banks averaged 8.2 yards on five returns in the first half.

He made a mental error in the fourth quarter when he punted inside Toronto’s five-yard line.

Banks should have allowed the ball to go into the end zone for just one

He finished the night averaging 7.6 yards on nine returns.

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