The Cats hung in there last night. After the TD to start the 2nd half, it was 27-16 and looked like it was going to get interesting.
The Cats biggest problem is that they have IMO the best player in the CFL in Jesse Lumsden. He can dominate a game like nobody I have seen, and the Cats have to build the offense around him... it would be a huge mistake not to. But in a short week, huge adjustments have to be made to play without him.
They moved the ball well at times without Lumsden, which I think says a lot because I presume the offense is basically built around him. Smith didn't impress but he is a great change of pace type RB to give Lumsden a breather, I think when both of them are in the lineup (along with Printers) the Cats have the best running attack the league has seen in years. But CP and the receivers need time to get some chemistry.
The Stamps haven't had much turnover in offensive personnel for 3 or 4 years and looked better than ever. When on their game, they have been able to pick apart any D in the CFL. Without Lumsden to gobble up yards on the ground and sustain drives, the Cats D was on the field a lot last night. When playing an offense like the Stamps, the best defense is a good offense.
So in my view, the Cats were without their best offensive player (Lumsden) and their best defensive player (Lumsden) and 2 minutes into the 3rd quarter it was an 11 point game.
(From a Cats fan perspective) I'm glad they rested Lumsden. This was a tough road game on the Cats schedule. I want Lumsden healthy to put on a show for you fans in Hamilton. Yeah I know every game is important, but in the CFL you only need to beat the good teams a couple times in November. If you have a winning record at home, and beat the bad teams on the road (TOR, WPG) you make the playoffs.
Years ago, I saw the Stamps take the lead over the Esks 4-0 at McMahon. I had never seen the Stamps beating the Esks before. Final score? 54-4 Eskimos. :oops: Now that was a bad loss.
The only thing I read into this game is that Lumsden is a pretty important part of the team.