Week 3 Toronto vs. Hamilton
July 14, 2012
In the first of four meetings this year, the Argos head down the QEW to take on those pesky Ti-cats at Ivor Wynne stadium. As always the crowd will be into it for this one considering it is one of the longest rivalries in pro sports. I for one cannot wait for this one.
I’ll admit I was a little sad when I heard that this would be the last season at Ivor Wynne stadium. It has been a few years since I’ve driven down the QEW for an Argos game but it was always a great crowd. Ivor Wynne holds some other memories as it was the only CFL stadium that I actually played on during my high school years. So the stadium will be missed, but before they tear that place down let’s see if the Argos can win their remaining games there.
On to today’s game, the Argos are coming into the game after their first win of the season against the Stampeders. It looks like newcomer Ricky Ray finally found his stride as he threw for 407 yards. Argos fans are breathing a little easier when it comes to the quarterback position after last season’s fiasco. Andre Durie was impressive leading the team with 118 yards and so was Dontrelle Inman with his 107 yards and 2 TDs. Cory Boyd once again showed why he is one of the premiere running backs in our game posting 101 yards. If the offense keeps clicking during Week 3, than the odds are in the Argos favour.
Or are they? Hamilton also had a great game last week and fell just short against the BC Lions 39-36. (Coincidently, the same score in the Toronto-Calgary game.) And after last game’s showing you suspect the Ti-cats defense worked on their run defense. The Argos defense was effective last week but still needs work on their pass coverage, which surely they have worked on during the week.
The Argos special teams had an awful showing last game and were the reason the Stampeders were still in the game. Noel Prefontaine, six for eight on field goals, missed two kicks that were taken out of the end zone setting up Calgary with great field position including a return for a touchdown. The coverage on kickoffs and punts were soft and that’s putting it mildly.
So will it be the Argos or the Ti-cats in this one? Well as an Argos fan, I’m picking the Argos by three. It should be close one and the fans from both sides will definitely be on the edge of their seats.