Pressure is on Reilly, Carter to find win zone against winless Argos
B.C. Lions vs. Toronto Argonauts
4 p.m., BMO Field, TV: TSN; Radio: TSN 1040 AM
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. Live Mike game
During his past visits to BMO Field, quarterback Mike Reilly was pulling the trigger for the Edmonton Eskimos, a fearless and competitive quarterback who would lead the franchise to a Grey Cup title.
He’s back in B.C. where Reilly’s career in the CFL began, and there’s no player the Argos must contain more than Reilly. He’ll air it out and the Argos must be more fundamental in their defensive responsibilities than they’ve been to begin the season. Both teams are winless — Lions 0-3, Argos 0-2 — and Reilly was well paid to find the playoffs for his new team.
2. Mac and cheesed off
McLeod Bethel-Thompson doesn’t have Reilly’s athleticism nor does he possess Reilly’s penchant for initiating contact, but the Argos’ QB known as Mac can fling it down the field.
The Argos are desperately in need of a spark and Bethel-Thompson might provide that, assuming he’s protected and makes sound decisions with the football.
3. Rich man’s game
Rich Stubler has been around football for what seems like his entire life, a defensive guru who oversees B.C.’s unit. The veteran spent time in Toronto and served as head coach.
Stubler has left his mark with the likes of Orlondo Steinauer, Mike O’Shea and his new boss in DeVone Claybrooks. Another football lifer is Argos O-line coach Dan (The Man) Dorazio, who came to Toronto following a distinguished run with the Leos.
4. Rain man cometh
Chris Rainey is due to break out with a big play on special teams, perhaps on offence if the Argos can get him the ball in certain packages.
Rainey played in B.C. before his off-season move to Toronto in free agency and looms as the kind of player capable of being a big-time presence against his former team.
5. Duron on the run
Like Rainey, Duron Carter is due for a big game as he makes his return to Toronto following last season’s disappointment as an Argo, when the athletic receiver was never fully used in the offence.
Carter is a legitimate deep threat who will attract attention. When he’s engaged, Carter is tough to stop.
INSIDE THE GAME
• Since 1950, only 25 players have ever started 100 CFL games at quarterback. Reilly becomes the 26th. In his previous starts, Reilly has compiled a record of 54-45, but he’s 3-6 in games played against the Argos.
• Speaking of the century mark, Lions rush end Odell Willis is two shy of recording his 100th sack.
• B.C. placekicker Sergio Castillo has converted on all nine of his attempts this season to increase his career field-goal percentage to .860, but he has made only two of four point-after kicks.
• The Argos will use Mexican-born linebacker Christian Hernandez as their global player. Toronto used Kimi Linnainmaa, who was born in Finland, in its first two games. “We’ll learn more about him,’’ head coach Corey Chamblin said of Hernandez.
Hernandez will line up on special teams as did Linnainmaa, but he’s bigger and stronger than Linnainmaa, who was listed on the depth chart as a slot receiver.
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