Tim Hortons Field, 17C, Cloudy, Winds 8 km/h; Stamps by 91/2
REVENGE FACTOR? When the ticats visited calgary in July, it was embarrassing. the 60-1 final scoreline was the most lopsided the cFL has seen this season, and it prompted major changes in Hamilton. Head coach Kent austin fired himself and was replaced by June Jones, who has the ticats playing at a considerably higher level. beating the Stampeders would not only be huge for their playoff hopes — more on that up next — but it would also draw a line in the sand separating the ticats of today from the team that got obliterated by the Stampeders in the summer. MUST WIN: the Stampeders know that it’s going to take a once-in-a-lifetime meltdown to keep them from winning the West division. For the ticats, nothing is certain. if they lose this weekend and the redblacks win, the reigning Grey cup champions will have clinched second place in the east. a loss would also guarantee that a West division team will crossover and take one of the east’s playoff spots, so the season in Hamilton would be essentially over. SACK CITY: the Stamps defensive line is scary good. Micah Johnson, charleston Hughes and Ja’Gared davis all have eight sacks, only one behind the argos’ Victor butler for the cFL lead. rookie-of-the-year candidate James Vaughters isn’t far behind, either, with six. in the ticats’ surprise win over Winnipeg last weekend, Qb Jeremiah Masoli was sacked only twice, but the Stamps won’t give him nearly as friendly a night. PLENTY OF OPTIONS: the story this week has been all about the Stamps receivers. Kamar Jorden has been out of action for 10 weeks, but was leading the cFL in receiving tds when he got hurt against the ticats in the teams’ first meeting. daVaris daniels hasn’t been out for as long, but is one of the most dangerous deep-ball threats in the cFL. With both expected back in the lineup, high-flying rookie Marken Michel may be placed in a reduced role, but he’ll still be dangerous anytime he’s on the field. BACK AT IT: With Jerome Messam out for the Stamps’ blowout win over the als a couple weeks ago, terry Williams stepped up with a monster 156-yard, three-td effort at rb. Nobody in the stadium was happier for Williams than Messam, who will be back against the ticats. if the Stamps get out to an early lead, expect them to smash the ball down the middle.
An all-Canadian matchup here. Stopping the run-game is going to be key for the Ticats if they have any hope of winning, and that means the defensive line will need to make sure Messam doesn’t have any room to operate. If he gets a head of steam, Messam is picking up yards, so guys like Laurent need to move quickly to prevent him from getting going. Otherwise, it’ll be Game. Set. Season over for the Ticats. Friday’s game will be a a reunion of sorts, as ticats head coach June Jones coached Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and defensive end Ja’Gared Davis while he was in charge at Southern Methodist University … the ticats brought in kicker Kenny Allen to replace Sergio Castillo, who was placed on the six-game injured list … don’t expect a ton of interceptions on Friday. Neither Jeremiah Masoli nor Mitchell has thrown a pick in the last three games. Masoli has thrown 110 straight passes without and interception, while Mitchell has thrown 91. Yes, the Ticats are better than they were in late-July when they got beat 60-1, and that’s why we’re making this a little bit closer. It’s still going to be a blowout, though, and everyone knows it. Bo Levi Mitchell seems to really be finding his form lately and the Stamps defence is playing at a high level.
Tiger-Cats QB Jeremiah Masoli has not thrown a pick in his past three games as he goes up against the Stampeders tonight.