The Toronto Argonauts will take the field against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a CFL matchup that holds sudden significance.

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Just three weeks ago, the Toronto Argonauts had to feel like they had no issues getting into the postseason, as they were comfortably in second place in the East Division, while the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, BC Lions, and Edmonton Eskimos were all struggling. All of a sudden, with a loss at home on Sunday to Winnipeg, Toronto's once very comfortable cushion for the playoffs and reliable sports betting pick, would be trimmed to just one game.

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Just one look at the statistics for these two teams proves that perhaps they shouldn't be on the same field together... And it's not in the manner in which you are expecting...

The 5-5 Argonauts have only scored 220 points this year, the worst in the East and the second worst in the CFL. The 3-7 Blue Bombers have scored 278 points, the second most in the East, and tied with the high flying Saskatchewan Roughriders for third in the league overall.

Toronto's defense? 28.0 points per game allowed. Winnipeg's? 27.3 points per game allowed.

The team with more TDs on the year? Winnipeg by 10. Better time of possession? Bombers by almost two full minutes per game. Most net yards of offense? Winnipeg again, this time by 60.2 yards per game. Turnovers given up on the year? Toronto 22 - Winnipeg 17. Fewest TDs allowed? Blue Bombers by 1.

Don't even get us started on Toronto's defense, which is averaging allowing 417.1 yards per game against Winnipeg's 334.5... That just wouldn't even be remotely fair.

The Lemon Law

Part of Toronto's problem this year has been that it has been trying to break in a new quarterback to the CFL. Cleo Lemon, a lifetime NFL backup, has finally watched his rope get cut short in the big time, and he is now trying to resurrect his career in the Great White North.

Trying is the operable word.

Only Darian Durant has a worst completion percentage amongst full-time starting QBs than Lemon does (62.5%), and only Ricky Ray is averaging fewer pass yards per start than Lemon is (230.2). A TD/INT ratio of 9/9 is only better than both Durant and Ray in the entire league amongst men that have started at least two games, and there are quite a few quarterbacks on that list.

To not even average one touchdown pass per game is embarrassing in this league. Montreal's Anthony Calvillo has eight more TD passes and 170 more passing yards in two and a half fewer games. Henry Burris of Calgary is on pace to throw for 41 scores, which is 25 fewer than Lemon is on pace for.

Dr. Jyles and Mr. Hyde

No one seemed to be overly confident about QB Steven Jyles taking over for the injured Buck Pierce, but something is telling us that the Winnipeg faithful know that their hopes for making the playoffs are going to rest on his arm and legs. So far this year, the numbers have been great for Jyles. In five starts and approximately one full game's worth of mop up duty, Jyles has thrown for 1,478 yards and nine TDs (you paying attention, Lemon?) against just two INTs. He has also rushed for 314 yards and four more scores.

The problem that Jyles has is that he just isn't leading the Blue Bombers to wins.

Last week's "Banjo Bowl" win over the Roughriders was probably the most important game of the year for the former Rider. He went a rock solid 19-of-23 for 169 yards with a TD and ran five times for 32 yards. Needless to say, the numbers weren't all that impressive, but wins are wins, and that's all the Blue Bombers are hoping for right now.

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The CFL oddsmakers have seen all of the same numbers that we have seen, and in spite of the fact that this game is going to be played at Rogers Centre, the Blue Bombers are actually the slight one point choices.

They know that this game is significantly more important for Winnipeg, which has no margin for error, especially considering the fact that it will lose the season tiebreaker with Toronto as well with a defeat, which would essentially put it four games in the rears of the Double Blue with just eight games to play.

Winnipeg has gone 4-2 SU and ATS in this series since the middle of 2008, and that includes the Argonauts' 36-34 win at Ivor Wynne Stadium in July.