Posted by: Jeremy | July 25, 2009

Argos bounce back with win in Winnipeg

Super Jamal Robertson

Super Jamal Robertson

No Arland Bruce III, no problem. The Argos didn’t seem to miss their moody wide receiver Friday night in Winnipeg, snapping a two-game losing skid with a 19-5 win over the Blue Bombers. Toronto’s defense was the real story, though, giving up just eight first downs and limiting Winnipeg to 123 yards total offense.

After a pretty stagnant first quarter for both teams, the Argos opened things up in the second, scoring 13 straight points to take a 16-3 lead into halftime. Jamal Robertson scored the game’s only touchdown in the quarter and added 101 yards in the game, eclipsing the century mark for the second time this season. The biggest number may have been Roberston’s 24 carries — Toronto had only managed to get him the ball 29 times in three games entering Friday, though Robertson was third in the league in rushing yards coming in.

Kerry Joseph didn’t particularly stand out in light of Bruce’s comments earlier this week, but was good enough to get the win, completing 14-of-28 passes for 144 yards. Winnipeg ended up going through three quarterbacks of their own — Stefan Lefors, Richie Williams and Bryan Randall all saw action — though the threesome combined for just 66 passing yards and were picked twice, once each by Kevin Eiben and Jason Shivers.

It may not have been the prettiest of wins, but it was an important one for Toronto in the opener of a home-and-home with the Blue Bombers. The Argos are back home to face Winnipeg a week from today at Rogers Centre.


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