Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Preview: Tiger-Cats at Argonauts

When the CFL schedule was released, they surely thought that a Week 19 matchup between two playoff teams (and two bitter rivals) from 2010 would have an impact on the playoff race in 2011.

What will we see instead is a glorified preseason game.

The Argos were long ago eliminated from playoff contention, and the Ti-Cats have long been locked into third in the East, making the outcome of this game rather meaningless.

To compound that, the Cats will be resting a plethora of starters -- Offensive Lineman Peter Dyakowski, Running Back Avon Cobourne, Receiver Marcus Thigpen and Linebackers Jamall Johnson and Rey Williams are all expected to miss the game -- in order to get them healthier for the playoffs. Third-string Quarterback Jason Boltus is expected to see some playing time, making this feel even more like a preseason tilt.

The Argos will also be without some key players, chief among them is Quarterback Steven Jyles, meaning Dalton Bell will get the start.

Even with all those players missing, that does not mean the game is without intrigue. For starters, it is still a Hamilton-Toronto game. These two teams hate one another, so the intensity will still be there.

Secondly, the trade these two teams made a few weeks ago adds an interesting layer to the proceedings. Both Maurice Mann and Dee Webb will want to show their former teams the error of their ways.

If you will not be heading down to the Rogers Centre SkyDome for this one, you can catch the action on TSN or AM900 CHML starting at 7:30PM EST.

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