Surprised to see Chiles is out. He did get a little banged up last week
Aprile in Chiles out. :? :? :? :cowboy:
E Davis at free safety??
eliminating an Import some where else, who in this case is Chiles.
Edmonton Eskimos (8-8) at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-9)
Tim Hortons Field
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016
Game time: 7 p.m.
TV: TSN Radio: TSN 1150
The storyline for Edmonton: The Eskimos need a lot to go right in order to host the West Semi-Final, a list that includes victories in both their remaining games: the cross-over spot – and a potential first-round match up with Hamilton – is more likely. Edmonton has been up and down all year with a pair of three-game winning streaks and a pair of three-game losing streaks this season. Redemption for a July 23 loss to the Ticats that saw them blow a 25-point lead is also a factor.
Key injuries: Canadian receiver Nate Coehoorn (28 catches) and veteran corner Patrick Watkins are out this week due to injury so Gary Peters moves to the boundary spot while Tyler Thornton gets his first career CFL start at field halfback.
Five funky Edmonton stats:
- The Eskimos have come back from 10 or more points to win on three occasions this season.
- Adarius Bowman has 40 catches which have given his team a first down this season. That’s within one of the single-season record for a statistical category that the CFL has tracked since 2008 (Jamel Richardson in 2011.)
- Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker have a combined 3,208 yards on pace for a CFL tandem record of 3,609. The current mark is 3,318 yards by Jeremaine Copeland and Ben Cahoon for Montreal in 2003.
- Edmonton completes a four-game road trip this week, their longest in 63 years.
- In last week’s loss to B.C., Edmonton converted 8-of-9 on second down and six yards or less, but were 0-for-8 in second and long (seven or more yards.)
The storyline for Hamilton: The Ticats are still in the running for first place in the East but a loss this week coupled with an Ottawa win would lock them into second place in the division. Hamilton will look to use last week’s remarkable second-half comeback as a springboard to a late season run while also developing some chemistry in a secondary that will feature the same starting five for a second straight game – a rarity this season.
Key injuries and roster changes: Quarterback Zach Collaros returns after a two-game absence due to a concussion. Three Canadians – reserve defensive back Jay Langa and back up receivers Mike Jones and Giovanni Aprile –come on the roster while American receiver John Chiles amd a pair of nationals (defensive back Elroy Douglas and defensive tackle Evan Gill) go off. Junior Collins gets the nod over Chiles because of his versatility while the loss of Gill means the Ticats will have to do some shuffling if they lose one of their two starting Canadian defensive tackles. American Terrence Campbell returns to the right tackle spot after missing one game with injury. Canadian Brandon Revenberg, who started there last week, moves back to guard.
Five funky Hamilton stats:
- With their comeback win against Ottawa last, the Ticats have rallied from 15 or more points to win on three occasions this season, the most of any club in CFL history. Since taking over as head coach in 2013, Coach Kent Austin has led Hamilton to six comeback wins of from deficits of 10 or more points.
- The Ticats have outscored opponents by 90 points in the fourth quarter of games this season and have three wins when trailing after three quarters, tied with B.C. forthe most of any team.
- Over the last four games, Andy Fantuz has been targeted 51 times making 40 catches for 376 yards. With 34 yards this week, he can jump from the No. 36 spot on the all-time receiving list (8,308) up to No. 33 past Joe Poplawski (8,341).
- Brett Maher made 29-of-33 field goal attempts through the first 12 games, but has made just eight of his last 12.
- In his last 9 games, John Chick has eight sacks and at least one in six of those contests. In the Ticats seven wins this season they have: 34 sacks (4.9 per game) but just 13 (1.4 per game) in their nine losses.
TSN play-by-play: Rod Black and Duane Forde
Referee: Tom Vallesi
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In my opinion; Best O-Line fielded in the Austin Era.
Offense actually looks pretty good considering the injuries this year.
Once again, the D-Line looks solid and the D-Backs make me nervous.
No, Campbell played last week at RT.
Collins got moved over to the short side slot instead of Chiles. I don't understand.
Davis started and played the whole game in Ottawa at free safety. It's the first time in years that the 'Cats went with five Americans as starters in the secondary. In fact, I don't know if it's ever been done before.
Campbell was a scratch last week. Revenberg started at RT, so an import (Collins), started at wide receiver. To start Campbell this week they needed to remove an import and the odd man out is Chiles because Collins has more versatility and can line-up at any of the receiver positions in case of injury.
So it looks like the 2 game day scratches will be 1 Cdn and 1 imp. Looking at the depth chart my guess would be the Cdn will probably be OL- Landon Rice and the imp should be LB- Matt Wells.
Drake Nevis was a scratch last game but the chart is showing only 3 interior D-Linemen listed so I can't really see the team risking having only Atkinson and Laurent at Tackle with no back-up or rotational in the line-up as an replacement in case of an in game injury to either of the starters. Last game the 3rd interior was Gill who is listed on the 1 gm for this one.
Fred Plesius filled in nicely for Lawrence at WILL when Simoni got dinged up in the 2nd half of last weeks game and is proving to be very versatile and also has the size to play both MIKE and WILL when called upon as last game showed. The team also has another versatile Cdn in the line-up in Ron O'Mara who can also back-up at MLB as well as DE . So with all that being said you would have to think that the newcomer Wells will be the odd man out on the 46 and a game day scratch for this one and Nevis will be active replacing Gill on the Line.
On the O-Line Campbell who was the other scratch last game draws back in at RT with Revenberg going back to LG . The 2 back-ups will be Dyakowski and Girard so Rice is the obvious choice as the Cdn scratch for this game. Last game with the Campbell scratch the team had 4 Cdn's starting on the line with Revenberg moving in at RT and Dyakowski replacing him and starting at LG . Hopefully Xavier Fulton will provide the much needed and all important protection for Collaro's blind side playing in his 3rd game as a Cat but first with Zach under centre.
And finally in regards to the question of Chiles out and Aprile in it's simply a case of ratio requirements and the fact that Collins is more versatile and can also return punts/kick-offs and can rotate in and spell Kendall Lawrence or replace him in that department in case of injury. The team only started 1 Cdn ( Fantuz ) last game with Watts backing up while this game they will be starting 2 with both Fantuz and Watts drawing in as starters thus the need for Aprile and Jones to be inserted into the line-up as reserves plus both play special teams and Chiles does not.
So many familiar names there. Seven of their starters played for the Ticats at some point in the past.
It may be, and I sure hope it is. I like seeing Collaros listed as the starting QB on the depth chart again and I would like him to continue being listed as the starting QB. Pass protection does need to be good and we can't afford to have him get injured again. One reason for that is the statistic mentioned in this post: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=102708&start=15#p2059793
Masoli may have been the QB who set a new CFL record for most consecutive complete passes during the Comeback at Commonwealth the last time these teams met. But Masoli is still only the second best QB on this team, which is why he's behind Zach on the depth chart. This team needs this win if they want that bye to the EDF game and home field advantage for it. Ottawa's magic number for clinching first place is 2, and it would be best if the number of Ottawa wins plus Ticats losses needed for Ottawa to clinch first place is still at 2 after this. It sure would be great if this team could get to the EDF game without having to play in the EDSF game. This team sure doesn't need the possibility of more injuries.
I count 6- Young, King, Steele, Figueroa, Rottier, Getzlaf. Who am I missing?
Hoffman - Ellis at linebacker was a Cat.
Pat Lynch(the old guy)
He played a great game last week, heard it's a ratio issue this week
and we have 5 ex Shmos on our squad although only 2 are starters but big ones in Simoni Lawrence and Ted Laurent .
The other 3 are back-ups but have all started at one point or another in their careers in Jerimiah Masoli , Kendall Lawrence and Justin Capicciotti.
I really like Chiles, but I think Elliott is an even bigger playmaker.
Too bad we can't somehow get both of these guys on the field at once.
Yes he was but CatsFaninOttawa said "starters", Hoffman is not starting, so if he meant "playing" then indeed there is 7.