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CFL: Alouettes, Argonauts seek consistency … and a win

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The Montreal Alouettes will seek more consistency on offense Friday night when they visit the Toronto Argonauts.

The Alouettes (2-3) had six field goals by David Cote — matching the team record — but they were not enough in a 27-18 loss to the visiting B.C. Lions on Saturday.

The Argonauts (3-3) are also coming off a disappointing loss, falling 30-16 to the host Saskatchewan Roughriders at Regina on Friday.

Montreal turned the ball over three times in the loss to the Lions, yet receiver Geno Lewis stepped up to take his share of the blame for the loss. Although he led the team’s receivers with 85 yards on four catches, he also dropped three passes, as quarterback Vernon Adams was 16-for-36 for 270 yards.

“I had too much of an up-and-down day and was too inconsistent,” he said. “Some of those throws, I usually make those. And I have to. I know the difference between accountability and responsibility. I have to be more responsible. I get paid to catch the ball.”

Lewis leads Montreal’s receivers with 365 yards on 20 catches, two for touchdowns.

Montreal will have coach Khari Jones back for the game against Toronto. He tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the game against the Lions before returning to the team Tuesday. Assistant head coach Andre Bolduc replaced Jones on Saturday.

Toronto, meantime, will be trying to take care of the ball better than last week. Against the Roughriders, the Argonauts, turned the ball over four times and was stuffed on two plays at the 1-yard line: Nick Arbuckle on a quarterback sneak and running back John White on the following play.

Arbuckle completed 22 of 33 passes for 309 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Argonauts announced Tuesday that Chris Jones has been hired as defensive consultant.

“He controls his defense and he’ll get after those guys,” Argonauts coach Ryan Dinwiddie said, “They respect him. For me, Chris is the best coach available to help us win a Grey Cup. And I owe that to our players to get the best guy in our building. And that’s Chris.”

Jones has spent 18 years coaching in the CFL. He returns to Toronto after serving as the club’s defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and assistant general manager in 2012-13.

A four-time Grey Cup champion, Jones was the CFL’s coach of the year in 2018 after guiding Saskatchewan to a 12-6 record.

–Field Level Media

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