It’s a typical David and Goliath matchup.
The powerful 10-2 Montreal Alouettes facing off against the cellar-dwelling Toronto Argonauts. At 3-9, the Argos don’t have much to smile about, other than the fact that they’re returning to Rogers Centre, and for once, that’s not a punch line. After losing ten straight at home, they needed overtime to dump Hamilton three weeks ago.
Since then the news has been bleak. They were thouroughly outplayed in BC two weeks ago, and last Saturday didn’t even show up in Winnipeg until the fourth quarter, where is was too little, too late and they fell 29-24. On top of losing the game, they also lost their cool. Rob Murphy and Zeke Moreno were ejected when a brawl broke out after a Toronto turnover. The incident also hit players where it hurts the most, as seven Argos were fined.
So the question is, can things get worse? Enter Montreal, the grim reaper of the CFL so to speak. Right when the going gets tough for Toronto, they’ve got a date with the team that anihilated them 25-0 on August 7th.
Since then, Montreal hasn’t slowed now at all. They’ve won six of their last seven, and you could argue that they got hosed in their loss to BC on Labour Day weekend.
For Toronto, Cody Pickett will start despite being pulled in Winnipeg last week. I think that he’ll have a bounce-back game, but against Montreal, the score might not be what matters most. I’m aware what Herm Edwards said: “You play to win the game! You play to just play it”, but in Toronto’s case, even though it’s late in the season, baby steps would be welcome at this point in the game.
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