Ricky Ray led the Argos Saturday, but his teammates also stepped up in a big way.What do you do when your high-expectations team, coming off a season where they had the best record in the East Division and hosted the East Final, falls 45-21 to last year's cellar-dwellers in their opener? Go out and beat the reigning Grey Cup champions 48-15, obviously. Saturday's home win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders marked a heck of a rebound from the Toronto Argonauts, and one that suggests they could be in for the great year many expected after all.
Interestingly, the star of this showing was one of the few players who did perform well in the opener against Winnipeg, quarterback Ricky Ray. Ray completed 27 of 38 passes (71.1 per cent) for 283 yards and two touchdowns without an interception against the Bombers, and he was even better against the Roughriders Saturday, completing 29 of 37 attempts (78.4 per cent) for 407 yards and three touchdowns without a pick. His dissection of the Riders' defence (which itself looked incredible in a 31-10 home win over Hamilton last week) was superb, and it involved him hitting multiple receivers; Chad Owens led the way with 159 receiving yards and a touchdown on 11 catches, but Andre Durie had five receptions for 77 yards, Jason Barnes had four for 39 yards and a touchdown, Spencer Watt had three for 53 and John Chiles collected 46 yards on two catches. That ability to quickly analyze defensive coverage and spot the open receiver is a key part of what's made Ray such an accurate and dominant CFL passer, and it showed Saturday.Read More »from Ricky Ray and the Argonauts soar against Saskatchewan, swamping the Riders 48-15