Do or die time. Will we live to fight another week?
Momentum: HAM has won 4 of its last 5. Does the SSK win help the team move past the disappointing loss in TOR?
MTL has won just 1 of its last 4, with that win coming against a partial WPG squad. We know they were trying to win against OTT but fell short. If only they could have beaten all the non-playoff teams (versus losses to BC and OTT), they’d be sitting at 9 wins and hosting a playoff game.
HAM went 5-2 at home in 2021. MTL is confident in its record on road games, despite only beating OTT, EDM and HAM in an unlikely last-minute comeback:
But throughout the season our guys have shown that they can beat anyone, including Hamilton, on the opponents’ home field.
Steinauer is not even considering the possibility of losing:
‘Lose won’t enter my mind’: Orlondo Steinauer preparing for ‘comprehensive’ test against Als, ‘champion’ Trevor Harris
Injuries: HAM appears to have emerged relatively unscathed from the SSK game, and may even have Addison back. MTL had Tony Washington, Eugene Lewis and Matthew Shiltz out with injuries last game.
QB: Trevor Harris will be starting in just his fourth game as an Alouette. He has not played at Tim Hortons Field since the beat-down he took in the playoffs in 2019. Hopefully that memory stays fresh with him.
I don’t recall whether there has been any discussion on this board about our QB situation, but we are presumably starting Masoli. Some may well ask: What version of Jeremiah Masoli shows up?
When the Tiger-Cats are right and healthy, they’re as complete a team as you’ll find. As such, all they need is their quarterback to be effective and reliable like we’ve seen from Masoli on most occasions. We’ll find out Sunday if Masoli’s last performance in a big spot was simply a blip on the radar or indicative of something more concerning.
RB: CFL rushing leader Stanback has been held in check against HAM, with his two lowest-yardage games of the season (prior to being rested last week) coming against us. Don Jackson has provided a spark for HAM but was held to 2.8 yards per carry last game.
Receiver: I like our guys, but MTL’s receivers scare me a bit. Especially Weineke and Lewis with 20 TDs between them. More than our whole team combined, but also accounting for 80% of MTL’s receiving TDs - too predictable, or just unstoppable?