Seven games are in the books and Hamilton heads into their bye week at 4-3. Despite their most recent loss in Saskatchewan, The Tiger-Cats sit in 2nd place in the East Division and in a tie for 2nd place overall. While there is still plenty of ball left (11 games to be exact), here are five things that we've learned about the Ticats to this point:
These guys are (finally) good
No longer the whipping boys in the CFL; after a shaky week 1 loss to Toronto, Hamilton has been a tough opponent every week. In week two they went in to BC and upset the Lions as 16.5-point underdogs. Week three saw Hamilton squeeze out a home win against Winnipeg. Week four, despite a 13-point loss in Montreal, Hamilton had plenty of opportunity to score in the redzone and simply could not deliver on the road against what was an immortal Alouettes team. In week five and six Hamilton beat BC and Edmonton, respectively, at home as underdogs in both games and just this weekend the Tiger-Cats erased a 23-point deficit at halftime, only to eventually fall in hostile Saskatchewan territory. There's winning...and then there's winning when you're not supposed to. It's Hamilton's ability to reach down deep against unfavorable odds that is most encouraging. Other teams take notice, and there's something unsettling about playing against a team without quit.
Quinton Porter has room to grow
Seems hard to believe that a six-foot five, 230 pound, 26 year old can still grow. Hamilton committed to the young Porter as their quarterback from day one in training camp and they've stuck with him -- despite using the hook on Quinton three times this year in favour of the veteran Kevin Glenn. But the team and the quarterbacks acknowledge that this was the plan from day one. Porter's "the guy" but there will be no hesitation in replacing him with Glenn if he falters. To this point, Porter has still started every game and the team plans to stay the course. At this rate, Porter should continue to progress into the quarterback he's been projected to be. He's been great, he's been serviceable and he's been downright awful. Isn't that exactly what you would expect in a young American quarterback who is growing in to the Canadian game? Now if only the team can simulate Saskatchewan weather for him in practice.
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