GAMEDAY PREVIEW: Argos and Lions Clash for Week 10

By: Jerred Bapty

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Kickoff: 4:00PM EDT

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Argonauts QB McLoed Bethel-Thompson will make his second straight start versus the 3-4 BC Lions. Toronto is coming off a 24 point comeback against Ottawa in week 8 where Bethel-Thompson went 25 for 27 and 302 yards. The rookie QB has had a full week of practice to prepare for this afternoon's game and has taken it very seriously. 

'For every rep at practice, you have to get two mental reps,' he told '... You'll find me walking around my apartment, in meetings taking drops. I'll drop walking down the street. The more reps I get connecting my feet and my mind... the better I'll be.'

Linebacker Marcus Ball remains the staple on the Argo defence with 32 defensive tackles this season, with Safety Jermaine Gabriel not far behind at 27. With a large chunk of Toronto's starting defence on the injured list, Cassius Vaughn continues to start in the Linebacker spot.

There was hope that LB Bear Woods would make his return to the field this afternoon, but he has moved from the 6-game injured list to the 1-game list. Fellow LB Nakas Onyeka and Defensive Backs Johnny Sears Jr. and Matt Black remain on the 6-game list. 

Bethel-Thompson is up against BC's veteran QB Travis Lullay, who has had a resurgence this season under Head Coach Wally Buono. The 34-year-old Montana State product has already hit 1171 yards in just 4 games, including a 31-23 win over the powerhouse Edmonton Eskimos last week. Lullay also had help from his defence, who held Edmonton to a miniscule three points in the second half. 

Things to Know

Former Argo Shawn Lemon makes his first return to Toronto since being traded to BC July 24th. 

Toronto Defensive Back Ronnie Yell goes to work against his former team for the first time this season. Yell spent 4 seasons with BC before signing as a free agent with Toronto in February 2018. 

This is Toronto's 7th Western opponent in 8 games. They beat the only Eastern team they've faced in last week's thrilling 42-41 comeback. 

The Lions meanwhile are still looking for their first road win. 

BC's Star Running Back Jeremiah Johnson returns from injury after missing week 9. 

A win for Toronto means a tie for 2nd in the East with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, while a win for BC puts them 1 game back of a Western conference playoff spot.

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