Boatmen offence listless in victory

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:47 PM ET

TORONTO -- There was a time when the Toronto Argonauts defence regularly hid the team's offensive woes.

It happened again Friday in Winnipeg -- a 19-5 victory over the woeful Blue Bombers -- underlying the notion the Argos offence remains a major work in progress.

True, the Argos were decimated at receiver and windy conditions helped ensure that keeping the ball on the ground was the smart thing to do. But with just 244 total yards on offence, quarterback Kerry Joseph knows there is plenty of room for improvement.

"We know we can be better in the passing game," Joseph said. "The more reps the young guys get, the better all of us are going to get."

Joseph threw the ball 28 times, completed just 14 and threw for two interceptions. That was eating at him in an otherwise happy Argos locker room at Canad Inns Stadium after the victory.

"I had two picks, and the first one was tipped," Joseph said. "But you know what? It's on me. Two is still too many."

With Arland Bruce III another day closer to either being traded or released -- the latter is the safer bet -- it should help Joseph that veteran Andre Talbot, who sprained his ankle in Week 3 against the Calgary Stampeders, is preparing to return.

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