Argos sunk by wretched first half

Edmonton's Dexter McCoil (top) and Rennie Curran take down Curtis Steele of the Argos yesterday at...

Edmonton's Dexter McCoil (top) and Rennie Curran take down Curtis Steele of the Argos yesterday at Commonwealth Stadium. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:41 PM ET

Too little, too late, too pathetic early and too much of a hole to overcome.

 

And so begins the plight of the Argos Saturday night, a tale of two halves that would end in a 41-27 loss to the Eskimos and the loss of Chad Owens, who just returned to the lineup following a month-long foot injury.

Edmonton recorded a defensive touchdown and made life so miserable for quarterback Ricky Ray in the opening half that is was near embarrassing at how wretched the Argos offence functioned.

Toronto made it a game in the third quarter when it played with better discipline and poise, but its first-half deficit proved fatal.

Dreadful for most of the first half, the Argos’ play was truly regrettable, trailing 31-10 at the break when so much appeared to broken. Ray was making bad throws, inexplicably throwing across his body and into coverage, which in football is a recipe for a turnover. Pass protection became an afterthought, a deficiency that turned E


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