TORONTO ARGONAUTS GAME REPORT – WEEK 7: Argos Shut Out by Eskimos for Sixth Loss
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, July 26, 2019
EDMONTON ESKIMOS 26 – TORONTO ARGONAUTS 0
EDMONTON, AB – It is difficult to find a positive for the Toronto Argonauts in their shutout loss to the Edmonton Eskimos in Week 7’s edition of Thursday Night Football.
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson was a dismal 6 for 18 and 90 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Bethel-Thompson’s interception turned into a touchdown for Edmonton late in the 1st quarter, despite the initial challenge by Coach Corey Chamblin on the initial play.
The Toronto QB led a short drive later in the 2nd quarter that ended with 2 straight sacks and a forced fumble.
Third-string QB Dakota Prukop started the 3rd quarter and proceeded to throw for 68 yards and 2 interceptions but, managed to complete 2 more passes than Bethel-Thompson by the end of the game. His passes were too sort to string together more than 4 plays, which resulted in the least amount of possession for the Argos all game.
Chamblin gave both QBs snaps in the 4th to spark anything, to no avail.
RB Branden Bruks finished the game with 9 carries for just 42 yards, averaging just 4.7 yards per carry.
Derel Walker was the top receiver with 5 catches for 85 yards and the most exciting reception of the game; a 28-yard pass caught at the Edmonton 39 yardline late in the 2nd quarter.
The Eskimos didn’t even play that well on the other end. QB Trevor Harris didn’t break 300 yards and their top receiver was Ricky Collins with 6 catches for 82 yards.
Turnovers and the running game were the difference for Edmonton. The Eskimos forced 4 turnovers and RB Shaquille Cooper ran for 128 yards on 22 carries.
The Argos simply couldn’t stop him.
Toronto remains winless and has yet to crack 100 points scored on the season. The Argonauts have also allowed the most points and are the only one with over 200 points against.
Toronto’s rough schedule continues with a home game in Week 8 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
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