Argos ripped again

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

Beware the letter J.

Last week it was Jesse, Hamilton running back Lumsden, who ran the ball down the Toronto Argos' collective throats.

Last night it was Jackson, Edmonton's defensive back/punt returner Tristan who proved to be double trouble in a 47-28 loss for T.O.

Joseph, Argos quarterback, Kerry? He played his own bit role in the loss.

With the Eskimos holding onto a precarious 16-15 lead early in the third quarter, Joseph delivered a throw right into Jackson's numbers on the weak-side corner.

An early celebration and 89 yard later, the speedy Jackson had danced his way into the end zone.

With Joseph relegated to the bench for a series, Michael Bishop came in to throw two incomplete passes, Jackson returned the punt 61 yards for a touchdown and finished with a whopping 283 combined yards.

After swallowing some bad medicine, the Argos have nine days to figure out how to stop the Esks' Dr. J. They host the Green and Gold at the Rogers Centre in Toronto July 20.

Head coach Rich Stubler was left scratching his head at the sudden way the game slipped away from his team.

"Two returns for touchdowns and two interceptions for touchdowns," said Stubler, pointing to another Jackson return to the five and an Agustin Barrenechea interception at the 10. "When you score 28 points without the defence being out there, it gets away real quick. They scored 28 points on 15 yards offence. That's more points than the defence gave them (19)."

Stubler, the former Eskimos defensive co-ordinator, had few complaints about his offence.

"We drove the football down," said Stubler. "We scored 28 points legitimately."

One of those was a beauty of a catch by Arlan Bruce III, who stumbled backwards and caught the ball on his arm as he was falling down.

"It's a great thing," said Bruce about the quick turnaround. "We left some points out there. We'll see what happens next week."

Joseph finished 23-for-40 with two TD passes and three interceptions.


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