Argos O-line puts up the wall

Veterans Chris Van Zeyl (left) and Jeff Keeping have been instrumental in helping the rebuilt Argos...

Veterans Chris Van Zeyl (left) and Jeff Keeping have been instrumental in helping the rebuilt Argos offensive line gel into one of the CFL's top units. (Veronica Henri, Toronto Sun)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:11 PM ET

Quarterback Ricky Ray and a receiving corps led by Chad Owens are the wheels that make the Argonauts run.

But the engine is Toronto’s offensive line. It has evolved from slightly dysfunctional at the start of 2012 into one of the CFL’s tightest, most cohesive units.

Heading into Sunday’s showdown with the Edmonton Eskimos, the Argonauts have scored at least 35 points in their past three games — all victories. Owens is first in the CFL with 43 catches for 470 yards to lead a passing game that has proven to be close to unstoppable.

None of this happens without an offensive line that has learned how to thrive in a trench warfare that is a delicate balance of testosterone-fueled fury and choreographed mayhem.

This week marks the anniversary of what might be considered the turning point for an Argonauts franchise that was going nowhere, to one that would celebrate victory last November in the 100th Grey Cup.


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