Posted by: Jeremy | October 30, 2009

Argos fighting for respectability in Edmonton


Arkee Whitlock had a field day against the Argos two weeks ago

The nightmare that is 2009 is drawing to a close for the Toronto Argos. Two more games, including tonight’s in Edmonton, remain. Toronto, 3-13 on the season, needs either a win tonight or one at home next week against Montreal to match last year’s 4-14 mark.

The Argos hung tough with the Eskimos last time out at Rogers Centre, falling 22-19 two weeks ago. Following home tradition this season, Toronto held a halftime lead, then saw it slip away and had a late run fall short. Kerry Joseph, who makes his fourth consecutive start at quarterback tonight, passed for 331 yards that game, though about half of them came in the game’s final five minutes.

Though tonight’s game again means nothing to Bart Andrus & co., it’s a big one for Edmonton — they enter at 7-9, tied with Winnipeg and Hamilton for the final two playoff spots. Though he was quiet against the Argos at Rogers Centre, quarterback Ricky Ray leads the CFL in passing yards (4,336) and sits tied for third in touchdowns with 20. Running back Arkee Whitlock, who burned Toronto with 145 yards and two touchdowns Oct. 16, is sixth in the league with 1,014 rushing yards and third with nine rushing touchdowns.

So, another nothing game for the Argos, unless you count pride, which they haven’t looked too interested in defending the past, well, 17 weeks. The game kicks off at nine eastern (seven local) tonight from Commonwealth Stadium.

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