Scouting report: Bombers at Ticats

Game 7

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-2) at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-6)
Tim Hortons Field
Sat., Aug. 11
Game time: 7:30 p.m.
TV: TSN Radio: TSN 1150

The storyline for Hamilton: This week, the Ticats installed a new offensive system under the direction of new assistant head coach June Jones, demoted defensive coordinator Jeff Reinebold in favour of linebackers’ coach Phillip Lolley, released their second-leading tackler in Will Hill for a “lack of commitment” and are starting their fourth different right tackle in the first seven games. Oh, and they are 0-6 and desperately need a win to save their season.

Key injuries and roster changes: The Ticats are finally starting to get (kind of) healthy with all-star defensive back Emanuel Davis, Canadian safety Craig Butler, receiver Giovanni Aprile, defensive tackle Evan Gill and back up quarterback Everett Golson all making their season debuts. Newcomer Tony Washington starts at right tackle after being signed this week.

Three funky Hamilton stats:
1. The Ticats had nine sacks and 33 quarterback pressures in their first four games but have just one sack and eight pressures in their last two contests.
2. Only one team in CFL history has ever started the season 0-6 and made the playoffs (B.C., who went 5-11 in 1969.)
3. Last week Hamilton ran the ball just six times at Edmonton, a season-low and the fewest by any CFL club since 2008 (Montreal with five rushes for 13 yards against Saskatchewan).

The storyline for Winnipeg: The Bombers are 4-2 on the season but have needed some late-game heroics to get there and aren’t considered in the upper-echelon of West Division teams – at least not yet. To get there, they’ll need to take care of business against an East opponent, who are collective 2-16 against the West, and start winning some intra-divisional games (they have Edmonton next week.)

Key injuries: The Bombers starting lineup has been the most consistent in the CFL this season with 18 of a possible 24 players having made all six starts thus far, and 23 players have made at least four starts. They have just four players on the injured list, though three – receiver Weston Dressler, linebacker Ian Wild and defensive lineman Tristan Okpalaugo – are starters.

Three funky Winnipeg stats:
1. Winnipeg has overcome deficits of 5, 8, 12 and 14 points to win this season. The last time that Winnipeg had back-to-back wins overcoming at least an eight-point deficit in each game was in August 1996.
2. Quarterback Matt Nichols has now led three fourth quarter game-winning drives in 2017 and has engineered eight in his last 15 starts. Overall, Winnipeg is 10-5 in that stretch.
3. The Bombers are 9-3 on the road in their last 12 starts compared to a 6-6 home mark since the start of 2016. They have had at least an even or better road than home record in five of the last seven seasons.

TSN play-by-play: Rod Black and Duane Forde

Weather: Clear, 20 degrees, winds out of the West at 25 km/h.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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18 Comments on Scouting report: Bombers at Ticats

  1. Mantis Toboggan // August 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm //

    Nooooo! For the love of God enough of Rod Black already.Cutting down on replays was great cutting RB down to one game a week even better

  2. I wasn’t sure if I was going to the game or not…but now I know about Rod Black announcing I’m going for sure just so I don’t have to listen to him. Ticats should use that as a marketing ploy to get more fans in the stands lol

  3. It’s no wonder people hate this team besides there own faithful every week people bitch about the refs the tsn panel and the tsn commentators get over it. As for the game all these changes could spell disaster again or on the other hand the bombers may not know what hit them ….stay tuned

  4. Yeah, I don’t want to bash the TSN team cuz I think they do a decent job bringing the game to fans but Rod Black is a fool of epic proportions. He made a figure skating reference last night- and most of us are old enough to remember him as a figure skating commentator on CTV. He says “over the top” when it is a check down or crossing pattern, he calls fly or jet sweep a End around , reverse or even inside hand off, he calls regular RB middle screens, bubble screens and has no idea what a bubble screen actually is, he thinks there is always helmetbto helmet contact, clearly has vision issues as he cannot tell when a first down is gained, makes up odd nicknames for players like calling Odell Willis “the Big O” in recent weeks. God, I could go on and on. My apologies for the rant- I guess I’ve been holding that in too long !

    • I would cut Black a mulligan…hell even Austin and Ptaszek have no idea what those plays are because they sure don’t use them.

  5. Methinks Drew is looking ahead at next season already…. Aug 11 is on a Saturday NEXT Season…. LOL

  6. Well I was a little young to remember the 1969 season so I looked it up because I did not think they played 16 games back then – little did I know that teams in the east played 14 games back then and teams in the west played 16 games – that is a really unbalanced schedule!

    • Yes they did…good memory…forgot about that albeit just a tad before my time.

    • True, but the season was preceded by FOUR preseason games. Can’t remember when the change was made.

      • 1986, when they extended the season to 18 games.

        • and 1981 was the first year of full interlocking schedule? There was also a time in the 70’s that they went from 14 to 16 games in the east.

  7. *Installed a new offensive system*!! – I hardly think that they completely changed the system which this statement implies. Probably more like added some tweaks to what is already in place. Not a bad idea. Hopefully the D doesn’t wear itself out, too, with the constant substitutions that seemed to be a hallmark of Reinebold`s schemes. Keeping players fresh is one thing, wearing them out running on and off the field every other play is not productive.

  8. Glad to see Butler back…perhaps he can teach the other guys how to tackle.

  9. Sea of Dead // August 12, 2017 at 8:55 am //

    Cats were a bad team last season, losing both games to the Bombers. Cats are an absolute disaster this season so those hoping for their first win may have to wait some more. Let’s at least hope that those playing their first game of the season get through the game injury-free. That would, at least, be one positive.

  10. What happened to Atkinson? He’s on the 6-game.

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