With Getz out they could dress Norzil but they will need a NAT starter, so I think that Watman will start at RT and dress Vonk for the ratio, then dress 8Williams at wideout and move 2Smith inside. Or have a look at Roosevelt, but personally I do like Williams, he's got wheels and good hands.
Did anyone catch who the 2 scratches were last week? Was Allen one? If so he can scratch again. I really dig the Messam/Miller combo. I had to go to a wedding so I missed most of the game. I did notice that Smith had no catches.
What to do with Mertile? As I said I didn't get to see much of the game so I don't like to judge him harshly but he didn't look great on the highlights. Should he go again or should Suber start and Mertile stick to nickel and special teams? Also, Legree didn't practice. He might be fine, but if he doesn't go tomorrow he won't play so they might have to activate Bryan? And if so, who would play safety? MacDougall might be next up there making another NAT starter.
Ottawa likes to play a fair amount of man so perhaps this will make the reads a bit simpler and hopefully reduce the risk of interceptions. Also, McDonald just got released so expect a new guy in the secondary. A mismatch here is a strong possibility. Further to that Pruneau lacks coverage skills at safety. They like to bring him down a fair amount. Although I must say that Pruneau is a much better player than Butler in Ham, more solid in technique and more consistent. Kanneh is their best cover guy, very underrated, but he is physical and a talker. Could get a PI or 2 or maybe an OC out of him, but not sure if I want to throw his way too much because he's good.
Expect pressure up front. I'd like to see Messam/Miller thrown to in the flat a couple of times in the first quarter. Get outside the tackles and force the defense to defend laterally, relieving some of the pressure to open the vertical, or even just to open up the box for the downhill runs.
Defensively that need to get to Hank. The RBs O-line isn't that bad but it's young. They need to get Hank off his game. He's been playing well lately and his receivers are good. It'll be a lot easier to just hurry and hopefully sack Hank than it will be to cover Jackson, Sinopoli, Elligson, Williams etc all at the same time.
Ottawa has probably the worst 'legitimate' run game in the league. Hamilton has fewer yards but they basically throw 90% of the time. Ottawa avidly runs for about 3 yards per carry. However, the Riders can't suddenly let them have a run game. Need to stay gap sound at least in the middle. This makes MacDougall at safety even more tempting as it allows Walker to start at nose.
Riders have a better FG kicker if it comes down to that. If Milo actually goes 5/5 for the first time in his life it better not be this week. In fact with Pfeffer on the roster who can do both duties, not sure why they are keeping Milo.
Riders kick/punt coverage has been pretty solid lately. Here's hoping Chris Williams doesn't get away from them.
Would love to continue to see more takeaways and less penalties.