The Toronto Argonauts and host Hamilton Tiger-Cats will look to ignite their respective offenses at the other’s expense on Monday.
The Argonauts (5-3) are coming off a 35-16 home victory over the Ottawa Redblacks on Wednesday, but coach Ryan Dinwiddie was not pleased with an offense that gained only 253 yards.
“We couldn’t get lined up, we couldn’t block the right guys,” Dinwiddie said. “It was one of the worst offensive performances I’ve seen, and those guys know it.”
The Tiger-Cats (4-4) are hoping for improvement in the play of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli after he threw for 223 yards in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Montreal Alouettes on Oct. 2. Masoli was playing in his first game back after missing six weeks with a rib injury.
“I definitely have to play better,” Masoli said.
“Jeremiah hasn’t played a lot of football recently,” Tiger-Cats coach Orlondo Steinauer said. “He’s a no-excuse guy and I know he thinks he needs to play better. And I think he will play better.”
The Thanksgiving Day game will be the third of four meetings between the teams this season. Each team has a home win.
Argonauts quarterback Nick Arbuckle was a full participant at practice for two consecutive days. He has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw two touchdown passes while Dexter McCoil Sr. and Chris Edwards each returned an interception for a touchdown during Toronto’s 27-point third quarter Wednesday. Bethel-Thompson completed 15 of 21 passes for 181 yards.
Toronto also scored a first-half touchdown off a blocked punt.
“Our special teams were phenomenal,” Dinwiddie said. “Those guys swarmed to the ball, flew around and made some real good plays and then the blocked punt was huge for Dejon (Brissett) to get that.”
The first-place Argonauts are out to widen their East Division lead over the second-place Tiger-Cats.
“Every game is important,” Tiger-Cats defensive tackle Dylan Wynn said. “If you do zoom out a little bit you see the bigger picture. … It’s a division game. A division game against a rival. I’m not saying we’ll play up more to the Argos because we play up to any team we play … but we know the task that’s ahead of us.”
–Field Level Media