TORONTO - If there's one number Cleo Lemon appreciates it's the number of times his team turns the ball over compared to the opposition.
It doesn't matter the level of football, the rules being played, if there's one constant when it comes to winning it's the turnover battle.
The number gets magnified come playoffs when it's virtually impossible for a team that ends up on the losing side of the turnover battle to emerge as winners.
"That's the one stat we do talk about," the Argos' quarterback said after Thursday night's 24-18 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. "If you come out on the positive side, nine times out of 10 you come away with a win."
As the accompanying chart shows, the Argos have won their two and only games of the season when they win the all-important turnover battle.
The team's biggest disparity came on Thursday when the Argos ended a six-game slide by forcing four turnovers and limiting their own to zero.
Byron Parker recorded his first interception of the season and while the Argos' defence looked very vulnerable in the gameís final seven minutes, they made the play when it mattered.
On Saskatchewan's final play from scrimmage, Jordan Younger was about to leave his man to provide help, but he saw something the veteran hadnít seen this season.
"What's been missing has been that look," he said. "It's the look of: 'I got it. I'm going to make this play.'" Evan McCollough would make the play.
TURNOVER AND OUT
The turnover ratio doesn't guarantee a winner, but no number in football is as important ó other than the actual score ó as the giveaway/takeaway ratio. Here's a look at the Argos' track record as they enjoy their bye week.