Well for what it’s worth here’s what I think:
Alouettes’ offensive line returns intact, and it is arguably one of the best of in the league…Calvillo rarely gets sacked. Add to that the fact that Hamilton’s defensive line is but a pale shadow of last year’s, we’re in for a big night. Cheatwood and Montford on the ends led the league in sacks last year, and they are both gone, as is Scott…so only Belli (who was only a backup in Montreal) is returning. Don’t see how Cotton, Peterson, and Lawrence can possibly pick up the slack…so AC will have lots of time to find open receivers. Only downside is we won’t have our full complement of receivers, Vaughn and Cavil won’t play.
When Hamilton has the ball, McManus is no more than a pylon, so with our high risk high reward defence, if Stewart or Butler don’t sack him, he’ll be throwing up desperation lame ducks that we’ll intercept.
If Danny Mac starts and plays most of the game, we win big. If, on the other hand, Marshall is shrewd and starts Brady, we’ll still win but it’ll be a lot closer…Brady hasn’t shone lately, but let’s face it his best games in his short career so far were against Montreal…and unlike McManus he at least has a chance to scramble away from our awesome pressure and find an open receiver…and the Cats do have some good receivers…