By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
BC Lions @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Saturday October 4th – 7PM EST
BC: 7-6, 2-game losing streak, 275 points for, 250 points against
Hamilton: 5-7, 3-game winning streak, 262 points for, 272 points against
Previous results: Week 7 BC beat Hamilton 36-29 at home.
The BC Lions have experienced some losses that could hurt their chances. Last week Andrew Harris, who has been battling injuries this year, separated his ankle and is doubtful to return this season. The upside for BC though, is that they have another dual-threat back in Stefan Logan that can exploit the best defences in the league. Kevin Glenn and his receiving corps had difficulty getting in sync last week. Expect the Lions to establish a high-efficiency pass game on first downs, to open up the possibility for Stefan Logan sweeps in the latter stages of the game. The Lions defence needs to focus on this same strategy from Kent Austin’s offence.
Much like the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Hamilton’s offence under the guide of Zach Collaros has been a pass-driven squad. To catch BC’s front-7 off-guard (pun intended), the Ti-Cats need to utilize Mossis Madu on a frequent basis. With the threat of a good run game, Collaros can buy some time with his legs and take advantage of option-plays to find big targets like Andy Fantuz, and Bakari Grant. Hamilton’s defensive line has recently been bolstered by the returns of Linden Gaydosh and Justin Hickman. Hamilton’s rush-contain will need to be on-point as BC tends to rush Stefan Logan to the sidelines with high efficacy.
BC finds themselves in 2nd from the bottom of the Western division. That means that they need only remain ahead of Winnipeg to assure a playoff sport (albeit a crossover spot). With only 1 win more than the Bombers though, the race is far from over and BC needs every win they can get to remain in the hunt. Hamilton now sits on top of the East, along with Montreal. The trouble though is that with the threat of a crossover playoff scenario, Hamilton, Montreal, and Toronto are all but a slump away from missing the post-season. Both teams need to assert dominance, and do it now. This should be a fun one!
Hamilton flexes its offence at home and bests the Leos 27-15.