Cats/Eskies Preview

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 02:00AM

GAME 7 PREVIEW

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS @ EDMONTON ESKIMOS
Saturday, August 11 @ Commonwealth Stadium
9:30 PM ET / 7:30 PM Local
Television: CBC Radio: AM 900 CHML

After a strong outing last week that saw the Tiger-Cats capture their first victory of the season, the Black and Gold head to Edmonton to take on the Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

Jesse Lumsden leads the Ticats offence following his tremendous 211-yard, two touchdown performance at Ivor Wynne Stadium last Friday.

TICATS RECORD vs ESKIMOS (since 1950)

All Time: 25-45-1

Last 10: 4-6-0

2007: 0-0-0

LAST 10 MEETINGS

Sep 22, 2006 HAM 20, EDM 18 Commonwealth Stadium

Sep 16, 2006 HAM 27, EDM 22 Ivor Wynne Stadium

Sep 30, 2005 HAM 40, EDM 16 Ivor Wynne Stadium

Jul 30, 2005 EDM 36, HAM 30 Commonwealth Stadium

Oct 1, 2004 HAM 30, EDM 27 Ivor Wynne Stadium

Jul 17, 2004 EDM 51, HAM 30 Commonwealth Stadium

Jul 16, 2003 EDM 52, HAM 15 Commonwealth Stadium

Jul 5, 2003 EDM 37, HAM 20 Ivor Wynne Stadium

Sep 29, 2002 EDM 34, HAM 33 Ivor Wynne Stadium

Aug 7, 2002 EDM 33, HAM 5 Commonwealth Stadium

Overall: 4-6-0
Home: 3-2-0
Away: 1-4-0

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jojuan Armour / LB / HAM – Armour put together a strong performance in last week’s win over Winnipeg, making eight defensive tackles, forcing a fumble and returning another for a 62-yard touchdown. Armour has recorded the third-most defensive tackles in the league with 36, training only Winnipeg’s Barrin Simpson (47) and Ticats teammate Zeke Moreno (46)

Jason Maas / QB / HAM – The former Eskimos returns to his old stomping grounds to battle his former team after a 220-yard, three touchdown outing last week. At Commonwealth Stadium in 2006, Maas led the Cats to a 20-18 win by recording 388 passing yards, 22 rushing yards, and one passing touchdown.

KEY MATCHUP

Jesse Lumsden vs Eskimos Run Defence

Ticats running back Jesse Lumsden will be looking to build upon a career game last week at Commonwealth Stadium.

Last Friday against the Blue Bombers, Lumsden went off for 211 rushing yards and two touchdowns on only 12 carries. The third-year tailback leads the CFL with 554 rushing yards this season.

The Eskimos run defence has been less-than-stellar this season, allowing the most rushing yards per game (134.2), average gain per rush (6.5) and rushing touchdowns (8)

STAT COMPARISON

HAMILTON EDMONTON
Points Scored/Game 17.5 (8th) 22.2 (6th)
Def. Points Allowed/Game 26.8 (6th) 28.2 (7th)
Avg. Offence / Game 355.2 (3rd) 333.5 (5th)
Opponents Avg Offence / Game 395 (7th) 396 (8th)
Sacks 10 (T-7th) 10 (T-7th)
Sacks Allowed 10 (T-2nd) 15 (4th)
Avg. Time of Possession 27:40 (8th) 28:58 (6th)
Turnover Ratio -2 (6th) -7 (7th)

INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

HAMILTON EDMONTON
Passing Yards 1184 - Jason Maas 1711 - Ricky Ray
Rushing Yards 554 - Jesse Lumsden* 212 Tyler Ebell
Receiving Yards 333 - Brock Ralph 311 - Jason Tucker
Defensive Tackles 46 - Zeke Moreno 25 - Samuel / Shabazz
Special Teams Tackles 7 - Ray Mariuz 9 - Mathieu Bertrand
Interceptions 1 - Moreno/Barrenechea 1 - Goss/Buhl
Sacks 5 - Nautyn McKay-Loescher 3 - Rahim Abdullah
Kickoff Return Yards 401 - Corey Holmes 199 - Tony Tompkins
Punt Return Yards 95 - Jo Jo Walker 191 - Tony Tompkins
All Purpose Yards 788 - Jesse Lumsden 520 - Tony Tompkins
Field Goals 16/19 (84%) - Nick Setta 12/17 (70.6%) - Sean Fleming
Net Punting Average 36.4 - Nick Setta 37.1 - Nick Setta

    • indicates CFL leader

Looks like an even matchup stats wise, but both teams last in their respective divisions would dictate this anyway.

Hopefully the Cats can take advantage of the EE injuries