Robert McCune and the Argos' defence made their mark on Nik Lewis and the Stamps Saturday.It wasn't the most-hyped Alberta to Toronto move of the offseason, but the Argonauts' acquisition of former Stampeders defensive coordinator Chris Jones has paid some major dividends so far, and that was the case in Toronto's dominant 22-14 victory against Jones' old team Saturday night in Calgary. The Argonauts' offence had its issues moving the ball and didn't record a touchdown until the fourth quarter, but the defence was rock-solid and held the Stampeders to six points until the final 30 seconds of the game. Jones and his unit deserve a lot of credit for that, and if they can consistently deliver those kinds of performances, Toronto may be just fine without Cory Boyd.
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This wasn't the most entertaining game in the world for fans of offensive football, and a large part of that was thanks to the remarkable performance the Argonauts' defence turned in. They dominated in all facets of the game, controlling the line of scrimmage, bringing big hits in the linebacking corps and generally defending receivers well down the field. Ronald Flemons had a particularly strong game with a sack, a forced fumble and a blocked pass, while Marcus Ball had a team-high eight tackles and added another sack, Robert McCune added six tackles and David Lee forced another fumble. One of the most impressive marks of the defensive dominance was how Toronto shut down Calgary running back Jon Cornish, who ran for 160 yards last week against Hamilton. On Saturday night, Cornish was held to 43 yards on 12 carries for a measly average of 3.58 yards per attempt.Read More »from Chris Jones’ Argos’ defence dominates in his Calgary homecoming Saturday night