Montreal Aloeuttes (6-11) at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-10)
Tim Hortons Field
Sat., Nov. 5
Game time: 1 p.m.
TV: TSN Radio: TSN 1150
The storyline for Montreal: The Alouettes will miss the playoffs for the second straight year but have a bunch of guys – including quarterback Vernon Adams and head coach Jacques Chapdelaine – looking to prove themselves worthy for next season. Plus, the veteran Montreal defence plays for pride and, in their case, that’s plenty.
Key injuries: Adams left last week’s win over Calgary with a leg injury but is expected to start. Running back Tyrell Sutton, the CFL’s leading rusher last season, is on the six-game injured list, as is star receiver S.J. Green.
Five funky Montreal stats:
1. Montreal will finish in third place in the East and lose a playoff spot via crossover for the first time in club history.
2. Quarterback Vernon Adams has been sacked eight times in just 46 passing in over his two starts and the Alouettes total of 63 sacks allowed is the most by any club in the CFL.
3. The Montreal defence has allowed only one touchdown over the last two games and have given up the fewest total touchdowns of any club this season with just 34 against, five fewer than B.C. and Calgary.
4 Montreal has won three of their last five and will be looking for the first two-game road win streak since October 2014.
5.The Alouettes have trailed after the third quarter 11 times this season and have yet to come back to win.
The storyline for Hamilton: Ravaged by injury and not playing particularly well, the Ticats will nonetheless make the playoffs and host the East Semi-Final. They are resting a number of key contributors and several others will see limited action against Montreal: quarterback Zach Collaros will start but won’t be in the game for long. Still, this team needs some cohesion in the secondary and, more importantly, to get their collective minds right in preparation for post-season football.
Key injuries and roster changes: Veteran linebacker Keon Raymond, receivers John Chiles and Brian Tyme, return man Brandon Banks, running back Anthony Woodson, linebacker Geoff Hughes and defensive lineman Evan Gill and Delano Johnson have all been added to the roster. Out are defensive end Adrian Tracy, return man Kendiall Lawrence, defensive backs Emanuel Davis and Johnny Adams, linebacker Frederic Plesius, offensive lineman Mathieu Girard, defensive tackle Mike Atkinson and receiver Andy Fantuz. In addition, linebackers Simoni Lawrence and Larry Dean as well as defensive tackle Ted Laurent have all been bumped down the depth chart for this game.
Five funky Hamilton stats:
1. The Tiger-Cats will be trying to end a three-game losing streak at Tim Hortons Field and have not lost four in a row at home since 2006.
2. Quarterback Zach Collaros threw 14 touchdowns and an average 378 yards with two interceptions and a 123.7 rating in his first four games after returning from knee surgery. In his last five starts: four touchdowns, 259 yards per game, six interceptions and a 80.1 rating.
3. Hamilton has fallen behind by 13 or more points 12 times this season.
4. The Ticats lead the CFL with 33 touchdowns passes, the first time they have led the league since 2012 and just the second time in the last 52 years. Hamilton is the second team in the last 20 years to have two quarterbacks throw at least 15 touchdown passes (Collaros 18, Jeremiah Masoli 15.)
5. Hamilton scoring by half: 181-302 (-121) in the first, 295-165 (+130) in the second.
TSN play-by-play: Gord Miller and Matt Dunigan
Referee: Andre Proulx