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Blue Bombers Host the Argos in Friday CFL Action

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Argos out for Redemption Against Blue Bombers

The Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers meet on Friday at Investors Group Field. The Blue Bombers are looking for a repeat performance while the Argos will be out for redemption when the two teams clash for a second straight week.

The Bombers were dominant at BMO Field in Week 6. They took down the Argos 38-20 as Winnipeg jumped out to an early start. The Bombers never looked back, scoring 15 points in the first quarter.

Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS, ESPN+. Oddsmakers have Winnipeg as 10-point favorites. The total is at 53.5.

Stringing together a pair of wins has been tough to start the season. Only Calgary, Hamilton and Saskatchewan have won back-to-back games over the first six weeks.

Blue Bombers Offense Was in High Gear

It was a career day for running back Andrew Harris. He rushed for 161 yards and two touchdown in the victory. QB Matt Nichols was also impressive. He completed 19-of-27 attempts for 245 yards and two touchdown passes. He also ran for another touchdown.

The Bombers’ defense held strong as well.  They held the Argos to just 173 yards on offense.

The Bombers made some moves this week. They shipped receiver Adarius Bowman to the Montreal Alouettes for a conditional eighth round draft pick in 2019.

The three-time West Division all-star never hit his stride in Winnipeg. He managed just 95 yards and no touchdowns in six regular season games.

Rookie Kenbrell Thompkins is put into the lineup. The 29-year-old is slated to start in place of the now-departed Bowman. The former NFL receiver practiced with the first-team offense all week.

league leading rusher in touchdowns is running back Andrew Harris. He leads the CFL with 5 touchdowns. Harris has racked up 610 yards in only six games this season. He is coming off of three straight 100-yard plus games. During that span, the 31-year-old has 409 yards on 52 carries.

Bombers receiver Weston Dressler has caught a pass in 118 straight games. That is the eighth longest in CFL history. His last game without a catch was Aug. 12, 2010.

Argos Not Happy About Start to Season

The Toronto Argonauts are not happy with their start to the 2018 season. The reigning Grey Cup champions have struggled out of the gate. They are tied with the Montreal Alouettes at the bottom of the East Division with a 1-4 record.

The team has had to face some early adversity after losing franchise quarterback Ricky Ray so early.

Quarterback James Franklin managed only 151 passing yards last week. He threw no touchdowns and one interception. The run game also struggled, as the Argos picked up 24 yards on the ground.

The only bright spot in the game was two fumble recoveries by the Argos’ defense that were returned for touchdowns.

There is some good news for the Argos to pass on. Running back James Wilder Jr. is healthy for Friday’s matchup after being injured during practice earlier in the week. He is the reigning CFL rookie of the year.

The Argos offense is only averaging 277 yards per game in net yardage.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Toronto 1-4 2-3 16.20 27.80 -11.6 1-2 1-1 1-4 1-2 0-2
Winnipeg 3-3 4-2 33.17 22.17 11 2-0 2-2 4-2 2-0 2-2
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Name Offense Defense Differential
TOR 17.1 15.13 1.97
WIN 11.92 15.14 -3.22

Yards Per Pass

Name Offense Defense Differential
TOR 9.16 12.79 -3.63
WIN 11.48 9.85 1.63

Yards Per Rush

Name Offense Defense Differential
TOR 4.08 5.48 -1.4
WIN 6.49 4.67 1.82
Team Records

Toronto Argonauts

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-4 1-2 0-2 2-3 1-2 1-1 16.20 27.80 -11.60
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 1-2 1-1 0-1 2-1 1-1 1-0 18.33 23.67 -5.34

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 3-3 1-1 2-2 4-2 2-0 2-2 33.17 22.17 11.00
vs Conf 1-2 1-1 0-1 2-1 2-0 0-1 29.33 24.00 5.33
Last 3 2-1 1-0 1-1 2-1 1-0 1-1 32.00 19.67 12.33

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 16.20 8 22.17 2
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 247.50 4 280.00 7
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 52.00 9 93.00 3
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 33.17 1 27.80 8
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 188.00 6 224.50 4
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 144.50 1 111.50 6

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Toronto 5-5 4-6 8-2 26.30 101.80 5.66 38.10 69.29 299.30 410.30 2.20
Winnipeg 5-5 6-4 8-2 29.70 105.00 5.00 31.20 65.71 237.10 348.90 1.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Jul 21, 2018 WIN TOR 38-20 184 236 429 3 22 143 173 3
Oct 21, 2017 WIN TOR 28-29 35 268 303 0 149 407 572 2
Jul 13, 2017 TOR WIN 25-33 30 324 360 2 91 245 336 0
Sep 17, 2016 TOR WIN 29-46 174 258 445 2 121 228 353 0
Aug 12, 2016 WIN TOR 34-17 136 246 382 1 75 353 433 6
Nov 6, 2015 WIN TOR 11-21 114 170 312 1 155 286 454 1
Aug 14, 2015 TOR WIN 27-20 108 137 276 0 102 176 305 2
Aug 12, 2014 WIN TOR 21-38 80 193 273 1 174 297 471 2
Jun 26, 2014 TOR WIN 21-45 42 283 325 2 132 327 459 1
Oct 24, 2013 WIN TOR 21-36 55 282 337 1 89 505 594 2

CFL Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Toronto Argonauts

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jul 21, 2018 WIN 20-38 L 3.5/52 L/O 22 143 173 184 236 429 0 H
Jul 13, 2018 EDM 15-16 L 9.5/54 W/U 50 284 346 112 253 370 0 A
Jul 7, 2018 EDM 20-17 W 3/55.5 W/U 145 208 362 56 370 426 -1 H
Jun 23, 2018 CAL 7-41 L 4/53.5 L/U 76 125 215 205 352 564 0 H
Jun 15, 2018 SAS 19-27 L -2.5/49.5 L/U 54 211 289 111 196 314 1 A

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jul 21, 2018 TOR 38-20 W -3.5/52 W/O 184 236 429 22 143 173 0 A
Jul 14, 2018 BC 17-20 L -4.5/55 L/U 187 203 401 73 324 399 2 A
Jul 7, 2018 BC 41-19 W -6.5/55.5 W/O 152 207 359 107 158 280 -3 H
Jun 29, 2018 HAM 17-31 L 4.5/59 L/U 134 139 280 111 359 480 -1 A
Jun 22, 2018 MON 56-10 W -3/47 W/O 245 343 588 66 102 195 -2 A

Next up:
Toronto home to Ottawa Thursday, August 2
Winnipeg home to Hamilton Friday, August 10

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