MISSISSAUGA - Through 11 weeks of the CFL season, your Toronto Argonauts sit in first place in the Eastern Division holding the tiebreaker over Montreal.
With a win this Saturday against B.C., the Argos could move to a record of 7-4 and grab a share of the overall lead in the CFL. Sitting in first this late into the season is a feat the Argos have not accomplished since the 1997 season, when the Argos were 9-2 after 11 games en route to their second consecutive Grey Cup victory. At week 11 of last season, the Boatmen sat at 2-8.
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However, amongst all the success the club is having, Head Coach Scott Milanovich remains humble.
“We’re never going to feel like we’ve arrived” Milanovich noted after a light walk through practice on Tuesday. “You try to get better and make leaps throughout the season and the hope is by the time you get to November you’re pretty good.”
It is clear that Coach Milanovich sees the ultimate goal at the end of the season, but still remains focused on a game-to-game basis. Next up, the defending Grey Cup Champion BC Lions in their house.
“We’ve had two weeks in a row of decent performances, but we have to do it this week against the top defence in the league.”
The last time they played BC, the Argos were held to just nine points, losing 18-9 in week six at the Rogers Centre. The Lions dominated on defence, forcing Ricky Ray to throw three interceptions in the game as well as lose a fumble. The four turnovers stands as Ray’s worst showing in DoubleBlue.
The Lions also held the ground game in check as then starter Cory Boyd only amassed 23 yards on eight carries. Chad Kackert did not play.
Look for the Argos and Ray to continue to spread the ball in the passing game as they have been the last few weeks. Increased reps and snaps for Ken-Yon Rambo can be seen as one of the changes to the offence that has helped Ray in the passing game. Ray had a season high 81% pass completion percentage against Hamilton.
Milanovich has noticed a growing comfort between these two CFL veterans.
“Right from the start its easy for a quarterback to read him [Rambo]. He's an easy guy to time up and I think Ricky feels the same way. [Ricky & Rambo have been] on the same page from the start.”
Rambo had his best game as an Argonaut against Hamilton last week, hauling in three balls for 66 yards and nearly finding the end zone were it not for a last minute tackle by the defensive back.
If Ricky can continue to spread the ball and find a way to break the stalwort BC defence, the Argos could be looking at a share of the CFL’s top spot.
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|vs Hamilton||Fri Jun 28||7:00 pm EDT|
|@ BC||Thu Jul 4||10:00 pm EDT|
|vs Saskatchewan||Thu Jul 11||7:30 pm EDT|
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