The Blue Bombers arrived in Hamilton on Tuesday afternoon.
Of course this Sunday's game represents a rematch of the 2019 Grey Cup game. We know what happened then.
And more recently, the last time these two teams met was August 5th, 2021 in Winnipeg. The Blue Bombers won that game 19 - 6.
The early betting line had the Blue Bombers as 4½ pt. favourites, but it seems that has declined to a 2½ pt. spread as of Tuesday evening. I was expecting the spread to go in the opposite direction.
What are the key matchups for the Ti-Cats, to allow them to leave THF as 2021 Grey Cup Champs ??
I will offer 2 keys to the game, and they are both focused on the line of scrimmage:
- When Winnipeg has the ball, Teddy Laurent (#97) & Dylan Wynn (#98) have to eat up blocks, thereby allowing Jovan Santos-Knox (#45) to run free & control Andrew Harris and the running game. In my opinion, Santos-Knox's best skills on D, relate to his mobility & his pass coverage skills. On Sunday, he needs to become a relentless run-stuffing MLB.
- When Hamilton has the ball, it is very easy for me to point this out, but it will be a very large challenge on the field . . . Chris VanZeyl (#54) & Jordan Murray (#69) need to win most of their battles with Willie Jefferson (#5) & Jackson Jeffcoat (#94). Please note that neither VanZeyl, nor Murray were in the lineup, for the season-opener on August 5th.
What do you think?? Curious to hear your thoughts.