Game Day 4: Tiger-Cats vs. Alouettes
The storyline for Montreal:
The Alouettes are coming off a bye week but that’s done little to quell the storm surrounding receiver Duron Carter, who is appealing his one-game suspension for bumping Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell during Montreal’s 28-13 loss to the Redblacks on June 30.
Carter missed a day of practice with headaches after taking a hellacious hit in the Ottawa game — right before the bumping incident, actually — but head coach Jim Popp says the player doesn’t have a concussion. Carter will play Friday and will no doubt continue to be a talking point.
Starting quarterback Kevin Glenn, a former Ticat, is out with an eye inflammation and the team is missing two top receivers in S.J. Green and Kenny Stafford. Running back Tyrell Sutton, the league’s leading rusher last season, is gone too.
Five funky Montreal stats:
1. Montreal allowed 532 yards of offence in their most recent loss to the Redblacks, 395 of which were via the pass.
2. The Alouettes are 3-6 in game coming off a loss since July 2015.
3. In their last eight games against Hamilton, the Alouettes have started five different quarterbacks.
4. Montreal receiver Nik Lewis is now ninth all-time in CFL history, with 12,158 career yards. He needs 208 yards to tie Don Narcisse (12,366) for No. 8.
5. Rushing is at a record-low pace across the league, with 79 per cent of the total yards gained thus far coming via the pass. The Alouettes, however, are last in the league against the run, allowing more than 130 yards per game.
The storyline for Hamilton:
After playing so well in a season-opening victory over the Toronto Argonauts, the Ticats have dropped two straight, including a 28-24 loss to Winnipeg last week — a game in which they committed a whopping six turnovers.
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is averaging more than 300 passing yards a game but leads the league with four interceptions and three lost fumbles.
Key injuries, roster changes:
Everett Golson comes onto the roster as the No. 3 quarterback after the team traded Jake Waters to Saskatchewan, while Geoff Hughes replaces the injured Jay Langa in a swap of Canadian depth/special teams players.
Five funky Hamilton stats:
1. Until pulling out a victory in their most recent trip last October, the Ticats hadn’t won in Montreal since 2002, a span of 18 games.
2. Andy Fantuz ranks No. 3 in the league in receiving yards and is tops in the CFL with 11 catches for first downs.
3. There are three Hamilton players in the league’s top 10 in receiving yards: Fantuz at No. 3, Luke Tasker at No. 5 and Chad Owens at No. 8. These three players have been targeted 80 times in 115 Hamilton pass attempts (69.6 per cent of the team’s total).
4. At minus-3, Hamilton is tied for seventh in the CFL in turnover ratio. They have more giveaways (11) than any other club and they have led to 31 points by opponents over three games.
5. The Ticats did not score a point in the final quarter of their last two games.
With former Tiger-Cats pivot Kevin Glenn nursing an eye injury, Rakeem Cato, seen here eluding Hamilton’s Craig Butler last season, will get the start for Montreal.