Kevin Eiben began his analysis of Toronto’s loss to Hamilton on Friday by referring to the game’s beginning, a penalty by the Argos that served as a harbinger of things to come.
The rule of thumb in football is that five plays during the course of a game ultimately decide the outcome.
The first play that eluded the Argos was a 79-yard punt return Chad Owens took to the house, a spectacular run negated by a Jeff Johnson penalty.
“We had to get that mind-set eliminated, but we didn’t” Eiben said.
“We just took too many penalties.”
Not only did the Argos offence get exposed in the
16-12 loss, but the team’s mental toughness was also placed under the microscope.
The Argos would lament a lost opportunity on a night when they had plenty of chances to impose their will on the Ticats.
Until Friday, the Argos have always found a way to make plays, avoid the big mistake and keep their cool.
“Sometimes things simply don’t go your way,’’ Eiben added. “Every season has its ups and downs and the good news is that we play Hamilton again in two weeks. We should all be looking forward to it because we let this one slip through our fingers.”
It was hard to find fault with the Argos defence, which surrendered the game’s only touchdown when Hamilton took possession at Toronto’s 22 yard line following a Ryan Christian kickoff fumble.
From Eiben’s perspective, the defence should have kept the Tabbies off the field more often, but other than allowing running back DeAndra’ Cobb to chew up some yards along the ground, the defence was pretty solid.
It was certainly good enough to give the Argos a chance to win, but not nearly good enough to make up for a poor offensive night and a substandard special teams.