Hard to tell which is the real Cats team after the Als games, but I suspect that the turning point in the season will be the Eskimo game. First of all, we are coming off an embarassing loss, so nothing short of an inspiring and aggressive performance in all aspects of the game, should be expected. If we are flat again, bring out the knives, there are surgical amputations to be effected.
Secondly, a key factor is Ricky Ray. Not quite AC, but certainly can dissect a defence if given time to do so, and if we cannot establish a rush or decent pressure, Terrence Stamps and crew may have another field day against us. The Esks are an upper echelon team, and if we can dictate the game to them, disrupt Ray and harness their offence, we should be able to score enough points on them to win. Preparation for them cannot be a whole lot different than AC due to the quarterback styles. I flip flop on whether I like Chamblin's defence or not, or whether he is a defensive guru or another stiff, so how our defence performs will tell me a lot.
A win, and we still can contend for a home playoff spot and even first place as the Als and Bombers have to beat each other up, but a loss, especially if it is a resounding loss, tells me that we are Mediocrityville once again.