Ricky Ray is out as the Argos set to defend their home front vs. the Montreal Alouettes
The CFL quarterback carousel continues to turn this season and Toronto’s latest ticket is a trip to the press box for injured QB Ricky Ray. Optimism was high that Ray may be able to suit up for his Week 10 tilt against Montreal but the hope may have been fueled more by Toronto media than from anything Jim Barker had to say. Bottom line, the news on Thursday is that Ray (shoulder) will spend the next four to six weeks healing and that Zach Collaros will make his second career start.
Collaros performed well against the Lions in Week 5, completing 21 of 25 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns and his overall completions this season are at 71-percent (51 of 72). Collaros was flung into action last week against the Stamps when Ray went down and went 16 for 26 against a good Stampeders D. Toronto and Montreal each has an extra day to prepare for Week 10 and as of Thursday there is no line on the game but check the CFL odds ticker for the latest.
1. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS (Last week: 1)
They may not win pretty but they find a way to win. With their 8-1 record and RB Kory Sheets tearing up the league the Riders remain the class of the CFL.
2. CALGARY STAMPEDERS (Last week: 3)
The Calgary Stampeders depth is second to none as they take a licking and keep on ticking. The Stamps have been bitten by the injury bug but key players continue to step up and keep the heat on the Riders in the West.
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3. BC LIONS (Last week: 2)
The Lions are in gut check mode as they continue to have trouble winning games on the road. Despite their loss to the Alouettes, BC maintains its place on the podium thanks to an unblemished record at the den (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS).
[quote_text color=”#000000″ text_color=”#ffffff”]The Week 9 loss in Montreal dropped BC’s road record to 6-7 SU and 4-9 ATS since the start of 2012[/quote_text]
4. TORONTO ARGONAUTS (Last week: 4)
The Toronto Argonauts rely heavily on the services of Ricky Ray and without him they were exposed for a lack of depth. With Ray under centre the Argos are a force but without him they are vulnerable; a step behind the leaders of a dominant Western Conference.
5. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (Last week: 5)
Three of four Ti-Cat victories came against the last place Bombers so we’re still not convinced. However, Henry Burris is on fire and the team is recovering from its rash of early-season injuries which puts them in position to push the Argos for first in the East.
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6. EDMONTON ESKIMOS (Last week: 6)
The Esks are leaving it all on the field every week and QB Mike Reilly is earning his keep in his first year as a starter. The Eskimos are better than their records suggests and are hampered by their tougher Western opponents. Close games could turn in to wins down the stretch and the Esks could play the role of “dark horse” down in the last third of the season.
7. MONTREAL ALOUETTES (Last week: 7)
With injuries to QB Anthony Calvillo the outlook for the Als is cloudier than ever. After a gutsy performance by third string QB Tanner Marsh that saw a last minute Hail Mary secure the victory for the Als, were unlikely to see a repeat performance in Week 10.
8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (Last week: 8)
The Bombers are awful and decimated by injuries. Not even the addition of former NFL receiver Mike Sims-Walker is enough to save the Blue and Gold at this point. The word of the day in Winnipeg is “rebuild”.