CFL Match Ups – Toronto @ Ottawa

Week 20 - TOR-OTTBy Staff Writer – Jason Langvee

The Game

Toronto Argonauts @ Ottawa REDBLACKS

Friday, November 7th –  7PM EST

The History

Toronto: 7-10, 1-game losing streak, 427 points for, 451 points against

Ottawa: 2-15, 4-game losing streak, 273 points for, 442 points against

Previous results: Week 4 – OTT won 18-17

The Match-Up

After losing an instrumental game against Montreal last week, Toronto needs to win this week to keep post-season hopes alive. Ricky Ray was unfortunately injured last week, and will not lead the pass-heavy Argos offence. With that as a back drop, expect to see a lot of Curtis Steele and CFL-rookie Steve Slaton. Both backs have proven to be very capable, and will need to support Trevor Harris in his first professional start at QB. Toronto again needs to exploit every opportunity they get by way of turnover, sack, or tackle for loss. Swayze Waters will again have a big role against Ottawa, and with the elements posing more of a threat than at home for Toronto, he will need to be as good as ever in controlling field position. This is a must-win for Toronto.

The REDBLACKs are in desperate need for some sustained offensive pressure. Last week, Henry Burris was able to march his squad down the field several times, only to be stumped where it counted. Look for Ottawa to establish a run-game early, so that receivers like Wallace Miles, Matt Carter, and even fullback Pat Lavoie can get down the field. Defensively, Ottawa’s defensive line and linebackers need to expect a good deal of rush-offence as they will be facing a rookie QB.

The Implications

Toronto needs a victory to have a shot at the post-season. Hamilton is stacked against the eastern-leaders this week, and have an opportunity to close the gap. This will be Trevor Harris’s biggest game of his professional career, but don’t forget how last year’s back-up QB fared under pressure for Toronto. He is now leading one of Toronto’s biggest competitors valiantly.

The Prediction

The Toronto Argonauts face early adversity, but Harris settles in and looks good in a 17-10 victory.

 

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