It’s already Monday night after our big Semi-Final win on Sunday and no one else has started a discussion thread on what should be a popular topic:
What are our chances against the REDBLACKS this Sunday at 1pm?
What are the issues that might influence the outcome?
This has just been a weird season. We won games we should not have and lost games we should have won. We’ve been (and still are) badly snake-bit by injuries this year. Despite those injuries we looked like champions beating a good BC team on Sunday.
So I have no idea how this game is going to play out.
I was nervous before Sunday’s BC game, I’m doubly nervous about this upcoming Ottawa game. Is that a good sign? :o
Watched that replay many times. Banks really extended himself and his shoulder made hard contact with the ground a good second or two before Rico got there. I wouldn't blame Rico. He was just trying to make a play and don't believe he would try to injure Banks. They were longtime teammates and went to two Grey Cups together. Rico was a good Ti-Cat.
The first drive we had in the ESF essentially mirrored our season to this point.
Long field to start. There were flashes of brilliance as well as mistakes. There were injury scares with Addison being taken off for concussion protocol, thankfully able return later in that drive. Then we managed to literally fumble our way into the endzone as we did into the playoffs.
It would be quite poetic if the remainder of our playoffs mirrored the performance of the team following that initial drive… pure dominance.
That is a perfect synopsis indeed for the last game and season.
Last time we beat on the lions like this, we were also travelling to Ottawa, the week after. We started strong, and Rbs made adjustments in the second half and we disappeared.
Lets rewrite the script this time and make the necessary adjustments - we are playing the Eastern division champions; another coach that was a grey cup champion.
Hopefully we will go fully prepared. Defence needs to win the one on one battles and score some points.
ST can not take stupid penalties.
Offence needs a good start and keep the pedal to the metal.
Coaches will have to be smart and alert.
I was the same before the BC game, but I'm not half as nervous for the final.
The way your boys executed their O, D, and ST game plans in the semi -- that was the good sign!
If they prepare well for noise, pack a couple or so new tricks in their play bag and execute, like that, for a second straight week, they should earn a chance to make it three straight weeks.
I know Rick Campbell and staff seem to have figured out the Cats, both offensively and defensively. I know we are running near empty on receivers. I know that Harris, Sinopoli and Ellingson seem to have our DB/LB coverage figured out for quick, high percentage completions.
But I would love to take the smirk off of Rick Campbell and the smugness out of Trevor Harris. Nothing personal, just … yeah, I guess it is a personal thing. My unpleasant dark side that I try to hide from the grandchildren.
I agree. More broadly, I think the field position battle will be crucial. We have had problems containing OTT’s returner (Spencer), and we tend to give up a bit of field position on any exchange of punts. Adding to that, our kickoff returns are not great, and our coach sometimes forgets that he can take the ball on the 35 after a field goal.
Best case is to move the ball consistently on offence, so that starting field position doesn’t matter as much. But if it’s a defensive struggle, special teams could make the difference - and that does not favour the good guys.