Saturday 10 September 2011

Preview: Tiger-Cats at Alouettes

Hamilton has the chance to do something that they haven't done in almost 10 years: win in Montreal.

It won't be easy. These two teams met back on Monday, and beating the same team in back-to-back games is always a hard feat to accomplish. Since Hamilton walloped Montreal on Labour Day, it's unlikely that the same outcome will befall the Als on Sunday.

That said, the confidence of this Tiger-Cat team is very high right now. After starting the season 0-2, the Cats have won five of their last seven, two of which came against the Alouettes.

The Tiger-Cats' Defense has made life miserable for Alouettes Quarterback Anthony Calvillo in their two previous meetings. Calvillo has had two of his worst outings this season against Hamilton.

Former Montreal Running Back Avon Cobourne is making his first trip back to la belle province since signing with the Tiger-Cats in February. I am sure that the hostile Montreal crowd will be more than happy to give "Deuces" a piece of their mind.

If the Cats are to continue their winning ways against the two-time defending Grey Cup champions, they are going to have to bring their A-game and be sharp for all four quarters. Any misstep could cost them dearly.

But this isn't just a big game for Hamilton; the last thing Montreal wants to do is drop another one to the Tiger-Cats. With a win, Hamilton would win the season series, thus ensuring themselves of winning any potential tie in the standings.

Montreal also doesn't want to drop their third in a row, which would put them in the unfamiliar position of being 5-5 after 10 games.

The Cats can make a big statement with a victory at Molson Stadium, but Montreal needs this win just as much, if not more, than Hamilton does.

Expect nothing less than an excellent game from both these clubs, as they jockey for position in a very intense and competitive East Division.

If you are not making the nine-hour drive to Montreal for the game, you can do what you always do, watch the game on TSN or listen to the game on AM900 CHML.

Also, if you would like a little something extra, give a follow to Dief On Cats on Twitter, as he provides followers with his unique take on each and every Hamilton Tiger-Cat game.

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