This is such a difficult way for a newly assembled team like the Argonauts to start the season - on the road against the most consistent franchise and coach/quarterback duo in the CFL. Emotions will be high with so many former Calgary players and coaches now in Toronto, but those emotions run both ways. In front of a raucous crowd at McMahon, this is simply too much too soon for Coach Dinwiddie's crew.
Out of the frying pan into the fire. Not only does Toronto have to start the season with back-to-back road games, they go from playing a team that has been in three of the last four Grey Cup games, to playing the defending champions. The defense will keep this game close, but the offense will need more time to find their stride. A Winnipeg win in Week 1 helps Toronto's chances psychologically, but if they lose, look out.
This is the day the Argonauts get the league's attention, the day Ryan Dinwiddie first proves himself as a head coach, and the day the number of veterans on defense yield results. It's hard to beat the same team in consecutive weeks and there are simply too many players on this Argos team who will not allow Winnipeg to achieve that feat. It won't be a blowout, but the result will never be in doubt.
This is a big game for the Argonauts. Falling to 1-3 could cause things to start breaking down. Edmonton has two extra days rest, but they're a beatable team and they have to travel. With an easy schedule early on, the Elks could be 3-0 coming into this one, but they won't have been tested. The Toronto defensive line will be too much for Edmonton to handle, and the Argonauts offense will start to show some chemistry.
This is a measuring stick game. Hamilton will be the best team in the CFL through the first half of the season and this game will show the Argonauts how far they still have to go. The Tiger-Cats will test the Argonauts repeatedly on both sides of the ball. Being on the road against the best team in the league in the Labour Day Classic will be too much for Toronto to overcome, but they'll gather valuable intel for next week.
On a ridiculous four days of rest, The Tiger-Cats and Argonauts will be hurting and neither will have been able to add much, but both factors are to Toronto's advantage. The Argos will win this game because of their depth and intelligence. No other team in the CFL has the ability to rotate the defensive line and spell their linebackers without production loss. This is also the week they will show their prowess in the film room.
There's a perfect storm of terrible things brewing this week for the Argonauts. They will be primed for an emotional letdown following their big win over Hamilton, it's their first late start, they're on the road, and they're playing at Mosaic, which is always a nightmare. If Toronto doesn't look flat, full credit must go to the coaching staff and veteran leadership, but victory likely eludes them on this day.
This is the biggest game of the regular season for both the Argonauts and Alouettes. Hamilton will, in all likelihood, win the East, leaving Toronto and Montreal to battle it out for second. The Als have a much easier schedule, so these head to head games double in importance for Toronto. After a disappointment in Saskatchewan, there's no way the veterans on this team allow Montreal to come away with a win.
Both games against Ottawa have to be wins, but especially this one at home after a week and a half layoff. The only concern with this game is that Toronto will look past Ottawa to Hamilton. Paul LaPolice coached teams must always be taken seriously, but the Argonauts are much more talented. Ideally, Toronto will put this game away early, allowing the starters to get some rest.
The schedule-makers are obviously having a laugh. It's a national holiday, so let's put Toronto in Hamilton again, but this time on short rest. This just isn't a fair test, especially with Hamilton coming off a nine-day layoff. The only things that matter in this matchup are staying healthy and gathering data for later use. An early blowout win against Ottawa the previous week is the only factor that could make this game close.
It's time to go on a run. At this point in the season, the Argonauts should be firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. Their depth should also be factoring in weekly, and that may never be more apparent than against a thinly talented Montreal team. This game shouldn't be close. Toronto's defense will have to limit Montreal's explosive plays, but the Argos offense should be able to score at will.
Everything about this matchup favours Toronto, inclduing the schedule. After playing in Winnipeg and returning home, BC has to travel all the way across the country, which is bad enough, but that earlier start clinches it. Aside from Michael Reilly and a few scattered players, this team doesn't scare anyone. For the second week in a row, the Argonauts should be able to put this one away early.
This Ottawa team will be better than they were in 2019, but they'll likely be out of the playoffs by this point in the season and ready to see what they have in some of their younger players. That doesn't necessarily make this matchup easier as they're likely to get an excellent effort from players trying to make a name for themselves, but this just isn't a game the Argos can afford to lose.
Hamilton won't want any part of this game. They'll probably have first place in the East wrapped up by this point in the season and they'll view the Argonauts as a legitimate threat. As with the final week of the 2019 season, the Tiger-Cats will probably rest a few starters, but unlike that game, Toronto will have something to play for and the players to get the job done. Toronto wins in a route and Hamilton will start asking questions.