Friday, 7 September 2012

Preview: Tiger-Cats at Argonauts

Following the Labour Day letdown, the Ti-Cats will be looking for revenge and a stop to their four-game losing streak as they head to Toronto to take on the Argos.

The Ti-Cats did a decent job of limiting the Argo offense during he first three quarters of Monday's game; it was the fourth quarter that was a problem. An 11-point lead evaporated into a three-point loss in the span of 15 minutes. That's not just on the defense for allowing the points, but on the offense for not delivering some of their own. Both units will have to perform better if the Cats are to escape Toronto with a victory.

One area that doesn't need any work is special teams. Yes, the Cats gave up a lot of return yards to Chad Owens, but they gained a bunch of their own thanks to arguably the best player in all of football, Chris Williams. Williams was once again terrific and will look to equal or better that performance tomorrow afternoon in Toronto.

Injuries are also a story for the Ti-Cats, who will be without the services of centre Marwan Hage and running back Chevon Walker for tomorrow's game. With Walker out, Avon Cobourne will see action for the second time this season. Cobourne had over 90 total yards and a touchdown in the only game he's played in so far this season. A repeat of that would be excellent. Also returning to the lineup is receiver Bakari Grant. Grant has been out with a hand injury, suffered on July 21st against the Alouettes, and he can be a big part of what the Ti-Cats do offensively.

This is an important game for the Cats. A win gets them right back into the thick of things in the East Division, while a loss likely dooms them to no better than a third-place finish. This was a team that many saw as being Grey Cup calibre before the season began, so now is the perfect time to remind everyone why they thought that back in June. The game kicks off tomorrow afternoon at the Rogers Centre SkyDome at 1:00PM.

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