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CFL Preview - British Columbia (4-3) at Toronto (3-4)



From The Sports Network

By Scott Haynes, Associate CFL Editor

DATE & TIME: Sunday, August 17, 7:30 p.m. (ET).

GAME NOTES: For the second time in five days, the Toronto Argonauts will take the field at Rogers Centre, as they play host to the British Columbia Lions on Sunday evening.

The Argos, who were idle last week, have made up for lost time, as they opened week 8 play in the CFL this past Tuesday by upending the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 38-21. In the process, the Boatmen avenged an earlier loss to Winnipeg and moved to 3-4 overall, increasing their lead atop the Eastern Division standings.

Despite having a better overall record at 4-3, British Columbia sits in last place in the Western Division standings. However, the Lions enter with a bit of momentum, as they have posted consecutive wins over Calgary (25-24) and most recently, Hamilton (36-29).

The Argonauts scored all of their points in bunches on Tuesday, with 21 points in the second quarter and 17 unanswered points in the fourth frame to blow by the Blue Bombers.

Strong offensive play is nothing new for Toronto, which leads the league in total offense at a hefty 405.9 yards per game.

Toronto quarterback Ricky Ray kept that going and had a huge game against Winnipeg, torching the Blue Bombers for 297 yards and four TD passes, on 26- of-33 passing on Tuesday. Ray spread the ball around to 10 different receivers, four of which hauled in the TD strikes.

Running back Curtis Steele provided some balance with his work out of the backfield, amassing 92 yards and one major on just 10 carries, while adding another score via the pass.

Defensively, the team kept the pressure on Winnipeg, recording five sacks. Defensive back Dwight Anderson had a big game, leading the team with eight total tackles, including a pair of sacks.

In a game that featured several momentum swings, it was the Lions that prevailed last week, holding on for a 36-29 shootout win over Hamilton at BC Place. British Columbia, which trailed 17-3 at the half, rallied, thanks to the play of quarterback Kevin Glenn, who went 22-of-36 passing, for 407 yards and one TD, while rushing for another score. For his efforts, Glenn was named the Offensive Player of the Week.

The Lions had two receivers eclipse the 100-yard mark in the win, with Shawn Gore hauling in five balls, for 117 yards and Emmanuel Arceneaux grabbing four balls, for 103 yards and a score.

Defensive back Ronnie Yell led the team with eight tackles in the win, while half of defensive tackle Alex Bazzie's four stops where sacks. In his first season in the league, Bazzie has already recorded six sacks, ranking second in the league in that category.

On the season, BC ranks second in the league in total defense, yielding just 316.4 yards per game and has been particularly stout against the pass, allowing a mere 206.7 yards per outing (second in the CFL).

British Columbia holds a 52-32-2 series record in the regular season dating back to 1961. The Lions have won six of the last seven meetings with the Argonauts.

Toronto came up huge against the Blue Bombers and hopes to ride that momentum into Sunday's clash with the Lions. However, British Columbia is well rested and that may be the deciding factor in this one.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: British Columbia 27, Toronto 21

08/14 07:51:53 ET


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