Friday, 5 August 2011

Preview: Tiger-Cats at Stampeders

After a tumultuous week in Tigertown, the focus can now go back to where it belongs: on the field

The Tiger-Cats travel to Calgary riding a three-game winning streak and enter this contest as one of the hottest teams in the CFL.

Calgary, on the other hand, may share a record with the Tabbies, but they have looked less than stellar in their five games so far. Playing at McMahon Stadium should provide little comfort, as Calgary have yet to win at home in their first two home contests.

The key to the game for the Tiger-Cats will be controlling Henry Burris. Like last week, where Hamilton limited Montreal's Anthony Calvillo to an un-Calvillo-like 51% completion rate, the key will be to pressure Burris and make him release the football before he's ready.

On Offense, the Tiger-Cats will just have to keep doing what they are doing. During the three-game winning streak, Kevin Glenn has played exceedingly well, taking what the opposing Defense has given him. By doing that, Glenn has thrown seven touchdowns and zero interceptions over the last three games. That's the type of production you want from a Quarterback; that's the type of production that wins games.

The running game has also picked up, and prized free-agent acquisition Avon Cobourne has started to show why he was so sought after back in February. His hard running has been a major part of sustaining drives, and him continuing to do so will only lead to good things for the Black & Gold.

If the Tiger-Cats can get an early lead, like they have in their last three games, they will be able to dictate the pace of the game, which could only help in picking up the win. It won't be easy, as Hamilton hasn't won in Calgary since 2004. Expect a hard-fought battle by both teams.

It is a late start for us here in the east, with a kickoff time of 9:30PM. As always, you can catch the game on television on TSN or listen to it on the radio at AM900 CHML.

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