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Toronto Argonauts vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers Preview and Predictions 07-12-2019

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to stay unbeaten when they host the Toronto Argonauts on Friday. The Blue Bombers cruised past the previously undefeated Ottawa Redblacks 29-14 last Friday in the nation's capital despite an injury to starting quarterback Matt Nichols, who resumed practice this week, and hope to extend their lead at the top of the West Division by improving to 4-0 for the first time since 2003.

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"For us it's understanding that our three wins mean nothing unless we continue to play good football," Nichols told reporters. "We need to continue to rack up the wins and try to stay ahead of everyone for as long as we can." Toronto is left to pick up the pieces after suffering a heartbreaking 18-17 loss against the BC Lions in Week 4 to remain winless. The Argonauts were outscored 96-21 over their first two games, but gave BC all it could handle as they tied the game with 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter before Chris Rainey failed to run a missed field goal out of the end zone - which resulted in the deciding single - and they hope to turn things around by notching their first road win since Nov. 4, 2017. "It was a hard feeling to lose like that," Rainey told reporters. "That one point was crucial and that's a dangerous one point."

 

 

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, TSN

ABOUT THE ARGONAUTS (0-3): McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw for 303 yards and a touchdown in place of James Franklin, who is currently on the six-game injured list with a hamstring issue. James Wilder Jr. racked up 109 yards from scrimmage to go along with a receiving touchdown while Rainey, who spent the previous four seasons with BC, returned a punt 79 yards for a score - the seventh kick-return TD of his CFL career. Toronto signed kicker Tyler Crapigna, who made 36-of-42 field goal attempts with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2017, and released kicker Drew Brown.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BLUE BOMBERS (3-0): Nichols threw for 262 yards and a touchdown before going into the concussion protocol when he took a hard hit midway through the third quarter, and is expected to play on Friday. Backup quarterback Chris Streveler rushed for 44 yards and a pair of touchdowns to go along with a TD toss while Mike Miller was named one of the CFL's Top Performers of the Week after matching a league record with seven special-teams tackles. Wide receiver Chris Matthews, who was one of Winnipeg's marquee signings in free agency, will be sidelined for a week with a finger injury while linebacker Adam Bighill could return after missing the Week 4 win with a hamstring issue.

EXTRA POINTS

 

 

1. Nichols is tied for the league lead with seven touchdown passes.

2. Toronto has dropped 12 of its last 13 games dating back to last season.

3. Winnipeg hasn't surrendered an offensive touchdown in two games.

 

 

Prediction

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Stadium

Investors Group Field
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN.
Capacity: 33,500

Last Injuries

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

  • Chad Rempel

    Upper Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

  • Brady Oliveira

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | Six-Game Injured List

  • Craig Roh

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

  • Drew Wolitarsky

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

  • Lucky Whitehead

    Undisclosed
    Out Sat | out

  • Jermarcus Hardrick

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

  • Charles Nelson

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | Six-Game Injured List

  • Anthony Gaitor

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

Toronto Argonauts

  • Shane Richards

    Leg
    Ques Fri | questionable

  • Marcus Ball

    Knee
    out for season | out

  • Ian Wild

    Undisclosed
    Mid Nov | Six-Game Injured List

  • Bear Woods

    Undisclosed
    Mid Nov | Six-Game Injured List

  • Matt Boateng

    Undisclosed
    Mid Nov | Six-Game Injured List

  • Anthony Covington

    Undisclosed
    Prob Fri | probable

  • William Campbell

    Undisclosed
    Prob Sat | probable

toronto-argonauts Stats 2019

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
McLeod Bethel-Thompson 12 0 95.058 96 376 249 12 0 0 19 3090
James Franklin 6 0 84.360 56 71 48 3 0 0 2 582
Dakota Prukop 5 0 35.577 18 13 8 2 0 0 0 68
Drew Brown 3 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
James Wilder Jr. 8 0 259 19 57 1
Brandon Burks 6 0 204 29 34 0
Chris Rainey 12 0 154 19 34 0
McLeod Bethel-Thompson 12 0 146 20 21 0
James Franklin 6 0 58 12 9 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Derel Walker 12 0 949 96 57 0 6
S.J. Green 12 0 667 26 55 0 2
Armanti Edwards 11 0 652 55 42 0 3
James Wilder Jr. 8 0 377 24 38 0 4
Rodney Smith 8 0 359 34 34 0 2
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Abdul Kanneh 12 0 0 0 1 0 1 18 0 0 0 0
Alden Darby 12 0 0 0 0 1 3 42 0 0 0 0
Cleyon Laing 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 32 0
Freddie Bishop 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 18 0
Ian Wild 10 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Tyler Crapigna 8 0 18 20 50 17 16
Drew Brown 3 0 3 5 43 1 1
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Chris Rainey 12 0 44 0 48 986
Kevin Fogg 7 0 8 0 25 155
Kurleigh Gittens Jr. 2 0 4 0 22 66
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
McLeod Bethel-Thompson 12 0 7 4 1 0 0 0
James Wilder Jr. 8 0 4 3 0 0 0 0
Chris Rainey 12 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
Abdul Kanneh 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Armanti Edwards 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Armanti Edwards 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Brandon Burks 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Chris Rainey 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Derel Walker 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Drew Brown 3 0 0 143 0 43 4 0 0
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Chris Rainey 12 0 50 0 79 555
Kevin Fogg 7 0 4 0 39 60