TORONTO -- They were supposed take advantage of the battle-weary Boatmen playing their second game in five days.
Instead, it looked the Winnipeg Blue Bombers had been lost at sea.
ARGOS 34 BOMBERS 27
Toronto quarterback Damon Allen methodically picked apart a suddenly-pathetic Bomber defence before being forced to leave with an ankle injury late in the third quarter. But the damage had been done as the Argonauts downed Winnipeg 34-27 before 27,214 fans at the Rogers Centre yesterday.
"We were the ones who came out and looked lethargic," said Winnipeg wide receiver Kamau Peterson, adding that 10 days between games hurt the Bombers more than Toronto's short turnaround. "After the 10 days off, I felt like we were wondering aimlessly sometimes. That can't happen. We should have come out flying and we just didn't seem to be. There was no urgency."
Not only was there no urgency, there was no tackling of the quality expected of a pro footballer.
"(Allen's) a good quarterback but it was a combination of things," said Bomber linebacker Sean Woodson. "They ran good plays, but guys were missing tackles and that's the bottom line."
And that had Bomber head coach Jim Daley simmering.
"Coming off a 10-day break, sometimes you're not as sharp as you'd like to be," he started. "I know there was a lot of talk about Toronto on a very short week. Quite honestly, sometimes those are easier to handle. We did not look sharp, we did not execute well and we did not tackle well in the first half, and that was a huge difference."
The Toronto receivers just had too many 'yaks' -- yards after the catch because they blew by would-be tacklers.
The Argos moved into sole possession of top spot in the east with a 4-2 record while the Bombers remain scraping the bottom of the western heap at 1-5. And they play the Stampeders in Calgary after a short week of their own.
"We've just got to raise our level all the way through -- offence, defence and special teams -- and close things out," Peterson said. "To be able to beat those elite teams, we're going to have to play better than we have.
"Calgary looks good. They're going to come out swinging. They're going to look at us as a patsy. We're really going to have to elevate our game if we want to turn this thing around. It's got to be a collective thing. We've all got to understand the urgency involved in getting this thing turned around -- before it's too late."
Allen completed 20 of 24 passes for 317 yards and one 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andre Talbot, and scored a major on a four-yard run. Michael Bishop completed six of 13 for 111 yards, including a nine-yard TD toss to slotback R. Jay Soward that salted the game away. Tailback John Avery also scored on a three-yard romp while placekicker Noel Prefontaine booted field goals of 40 and 21 yards.
Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn completed 25 of 35 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns -- a 32-yarder to slotback Milt Stegall and 27 to wide receiver Vinny Sutherland on the last play of the game. Tailback Charles Roberts also scored on a 32-yard run. Placekicker Troy Westwood connected on field goals of 14 and 28 yards. He booted a CFL record 561st straight convert after the Roberts TD.