By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
Edmonton Eskimos @ Toronto Argonauts
Saturday October 4th – 4PM EST
Edmonton: 9-4, 1-game winning streak, 341 points for, 252 points against
Toronto: 4-8, 1-game winning streak, 308 points for, 325 points against
Previous results: Week 9 Edmonton beat Toronto 41-27.
Although there was a point early in 2014 where Toronto’s offence was questionable, the Argonauts have recently begun to produce as many thought they would. Despite a 4-8 record, Toronto has outscored 6 of the 9 teams in the CFL thus far with 308 game points. As long as Curtis Steele, Steve Slaton, or a mix of the two, are able to pick up the inevitable Edmonton blitz, Ray should find his targets. The other side of the equation though is where Toronto needs to pick up its slack against the Eskimos. Edmonton is diverse in its attack and thus the Argo’s need to pad the secondary for threats like Fred Stamps and the league-leading receiver; Adarius Bowman. What they cannot do is ease up on pocket pressure, as last week Mike Reilly and John White combined for nearly 300 rushing yards.
Edmonton might be 9-4, but 3 of those losses came at the hands of the league’s best team in the Stampeders. With that said, Edmonton has yet to be blown out and it appears that consistent play in all 3 phases of the game will pay dividends heading into the playoff race. Mike Reilly finds wins in any form he can. Last week Reilly’s passing yards were held to 124 yards, and yet he was able contribute to a dominant win over Saskatchewan. Edmonton’s summersaulting defence is a big reason why the Eskimos find themselves in 2nd place. Look for a more passive pocket attack as the Argonauts’ offence relies on a steady diet of deep balls. With that established, expect some blitzes to come from the linebackers and defensive backs.
As Toronto had a bye in week 14, they were able to watch 2 eastern rivals move ahead in the standings as both Montreal and Hamilton tackled western opponents. A loss for Toronto could mean the first step in stratifying the east. With the strength of the CFL’s western teams, no eastern team wants to find themselves in 3rd this season. At current state, Edmonton needs to create some momentum. Heading into the playoffs, Calgary has the psychological edge over the Eskimos. A run starting now, just might be the head start Edmonton needs to topple the mighty Stampeders for the first time in 2014.
Edmonton takes another high-scoring affair 38-30.