Thursday 28 October 2010

Preview: Tiger-Cats (9-7) at Stampeders (11-5)


Another week, another chance for the Tiger-Cats to make a statement.

Except, just like last week, their opponents have nothing to play for.

Last week, the Tiger-Cats came out and mauled the Montreal Alouettes to the tune of 40-3. This was a big win for Hamilton as they hadn't beaten the Als since October of 2008. This wasn't just a win either; this was a beating. The Cats outplayed the Alouettes in every phase of the game.

But, like I figured, the howls of "the Als had nothing to play for" rang out from those that wanted to downplay what the Tiger-Cats had accomplished.

A similar fate awaits if they beat the Stampeders.

Just like Montreal the week before, the Stamps have locked up first place in their division and have clinched a first-round bye and home field advantage for the West Final.

As I wrote earlier in the week, there is no team playing better football right now than the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Cats have won three in a row (the longest winning streak in the league right now) and have outscored opponents 106-17 over those three games. They have not allowed a touchdown in 10 quarters and have held their last two opponents to three points in each game.

While the Stamps may have nothing to play for standings-wise, they have been in a bit of a slump lately, losing four of their past six. The Stamps cannot like the idea of backing into the playoffs with five losses (at a minimum) in their final eight games. They may have nothing to play for, but they still won't want to lose.

This should be a good one. It usually is when the Stamps and Tabbies clash.

As always, you can put your radio dial on AM900 CHML or Y108 or watch on television on TSN and TSN HD.

No comments:

Post a Comment