Thngs not looking good for cats this week

Yeah, I think that's it in a nutshell. Just too add...if they can't stop the run, then Burris and the O better score often, not like last week when they crapped the bed in the 4th.

Check out the National Post prediction by Matthew Scianitti:


With all this parity — seven teams are either 4-2 or 3-3 — there are at least a few constants developing: Hamilton’s defence is completely unreliable, and Winnipeg is creative when making mistakes. So the crux of this game ought to come down to Hamilton’s bruised defence — veteran linebacker Markeith Knowlton and defensive back Bo Smith are out — against the Bombers’ third starting quarterback, Joey Elliott, and Winnipeg’s penchant for a ridiculous interception, stupefying special teams turnover or outrageous defensive mistakes. Or all three.

The Bombers, leading with 20 giveaways, are more charitable than they are competitive. There will be little generosity shown to head coach Paul LaPolice and general manager Joe Mack come Friday.

Pick Hamilton

He also picks both Toronto against Calgary, and Montreal to lose against Edmonton

Bob Mitchell of the Toronto Star predicts:



8 p.m., Canad Inns Stadium (TSN)

The Ticats won in hostile Regina earlier this season, so they won’t be intimidated by the noisy Winnipeg fans. The Tabbies saw their three-game winning streak end last Thursday against the Stampeders at soggy Ivor Wynne Stadium. QB Henry Burris’ offence might be without slotback Andy Fantuz, who had his bell rung in last week’s 31-20 loss. Receiver Bakari Grant is still out, but electrifying tailback Chevon Walker is still on fire. . . . The Bombers have allowed a woeful 419 yards and 33 points per game, while the offence has averaged 21 points. With starting QB Buck Pierce still out with a foot injury and second-stringer Alex Brink struggling, Joey Elliott will start. Winnipeg has been outscored 47-7 in first quarters.

Who wins? Tiger-Cats

He also predicts Montreal to lose, but Toronto to win.

Mike Ganter in the Toronto Sun

Ticats must stop the run

The Ticats have given up a league worst 145 yards rushing per game this season and that has to change or the Bombers might just pull off the upset. They have shifty Chad Simpson in the backfield and he’s averaging an impressive 6.4 yards a rush in the three games he has played. With Carlos Thomas, Markeith Knowlton’s back-up back at nickle linebacker, the Ticats should be in a better position to defend the run.

On paper this shouldn’t even be a game. The Bombers have given up more points and scored fewer points than every team in the CFL. Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice was asked following Wednesday’s walkthrough if he considered his team desperate. He chose to the use the word frustrated. Either way, its a wounded bear laying in wait for the Ticats and everyone knows what they say about wounded bears.
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Chris Schultz

For the Bombers, this is a very important game for two reasons. First, with another loss, the club would move to 1-6 and the 'are we going to make the playoffs' discussion will begin which always creates a feeling of desperation over the priority of improvement . Second, with Joey Elliot starting , what if he implodes ? Do you go back to Buck Pierce? Try Alex Brink again? This is a critical game not only for this season but future Bomber Grey Cup desires . With Hamilton I expect them to respond after a very disappointing game against the Stampeders. Run defense is a problem for Hamilton and if they do not shut down Chad Simpson, they will not win . Maybe it was the bye week , who knows , but Hamilton regressed back to Week #1 efficiency. I don't think that will happen this week. Joey "E" gives the Bombers hope but Ticats win in the fourth . Hamilton 31, Winnipeg 29