Through almost three entire quarters, McLeod Bethel-Thompson was 10/20 for 70 yards and 0 points. Nick Arbuckle looked better, but 10/19 for 96 yards with an interception isn't good enough either. Some of Arbuckle's numbers aren't his fault, but the team will need more out of this position going forward. Based on today, I would expect Arbuckle to start next week.
This would have been an A+, but the fumble he had late in the game negates that. To be fair, the fumble was a fluke, not one caused by contact, but from him moving to secure the ball. Otherwise, he had an incredible day. He worked hard to set up his blocks, saw the field very well, and scored a rushing touchdown, which the Argonauts haven't done a lot in the past few seasons.
Six different receivers caught passes, but none of them had over 50 yards and there just weren't any big plays out there like we saw last week from this group. They did a nice job run blocking as a unit, which earned them the +, but this should be one of the best groups on the team and they were invisible today.
This unit struggled in pass protection, but that's what happens when you play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and they only allowed one sack. The good news is they contributed positively in the run game, and it's been a while since a Toronto offensive line has done that. RPOs aren't easy for the offensive line and they looked really good on those plays creating space for White without getting too far downfield.
The entire defense was outstanding, but this group did an amazing job stopping the run. Kony Ealy went down early on, which could have been a huge problem, but Sam Acheampong and Shawn Oakman really stepped up in the middle. Charleston Hughes looked like a young man tonight, he was all over the field. They didn't produce a sack, but they were partially responsible for the two the LBs had.
Henoc Muamba was sensational today. He was counted on heavily for run support and was a constant menace. He and Chris Edwards both had what could have been game-changing sacks. Dexter McCoil was also all over the field making plays, and while Cameron Judge's numbers weren't great, but made a few key plays. This looked like the unit we hoped they'd be when these guys were all signed.
They allowed two touchdown passes, but both were on perfect throws in man coverage with no help. Crezdon Butler was fantastic in run support today, which meant there was a lot of Cover 0, and this unit was all over their receivers for most of the game. Jamal Peters filled in well for Robertson Daniel with an interception and he didn't let Lawler make any big plays. I would like to have seen some of the defensive blitzes get home, but they were used more as run stoppers.
Boris Bede missed his only field goal attempt off the right upright - a long one, but a miss is a miss. He did punt quite well, averaging over 45 yards per attempt and none were blocked. There wasn't any room in the return game to speak of. This is a unit that needs a spark. That could have been the difference today. Ricky Collins Jr. was sent in to relieve Daniel Braverman, but he couldn't find space either. Look for Trey Williams back there next week.
Coach Young called a terrific game defensively. Holding the Blue Bombers to 20 points is an accomplishment, and a lot of this unit's success was due to his game plan today. The offensive play-calling looked decent, but the unit couldn't execute. Coach Dinwiddie made the right call in pulling McLeod Bethel-Thompson, and for a drive, we saw what the offense was actually supposed to look like. They've got some decisions to make this week and I think there will be changes.