TORONTO -- Michael (Pinball) Clemons said his Toronto Argonauts defence had its best practice of the year on Friday.
Clemons was either trying to scare the Winnipeg Blue Bombers a little more, or perhaps telling the truth. If it's the latter, the Bombers will definitely have their work cut out for them this afternoon in the East final.
The primary battle on the Rogers Centre turf today will be the Winnipeg offence versus the Toronto defence, although that might be giving the Winnipeg offence a bit too much credit.
The Argo defence is simply stifling, while the Bomber offence has been plodding along lately. Quarterback Kevin Glenn hasn't thrown for more than 200 yards in his last four games, and the offence has averaged only 264 yards in its last three outings -- more than 100 yards fewer than its season average.
That's where Charles Roberts will have to step in and save the day. The Bombers tailback has had some monster games against the Argos in the past, and he will have to supply another one this afternoon.
One of the men who blocks for Roberts believes good things are in store for the embattled Winnipeg offence.
"I predict 24 points and 120 yards on the ground," tackle Alexandre Gauthier boldly proclaimed.
Gauthier said the Bombers have made adjustments to their blocking schemes to give Glenn more time in the pocket.
"We're feeling confident. We are well prepared," Gauthier said. "We don't know what they're going to bring us, but if we look at the past we kind of know. We have new ways to do it, to protect the quarterback.
"When you look at our last three games against them, they didn't sack Kevin that many times (twice). We're gonna have a couple new wrinkles here and there, but our strength on the O-line right now is we're not doing mental mistakes."
That's a good head start for the Blue and Gold, but as the Argos have shown, they usually know how to catch up.