Ticats’ QB Jeremiah Masoli ‘felt a lot better’ against Argos in Week 10

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli had by far his best game of the 2021 season in Week 10 against the Toronto Argonauts.

Even though the Ticats suffered a disheartening 24-23 loss at the buzzer, Masoli playing efficient football was a major positive for the black and gold.

“Yup, felt a lot better out there, but we still gotta execute better as an offence. When the defence is ballin’ out all game we gotta put up more points for them and give them a bigger cushion,” Masoli said post-game.

The 33-year-old QB completed 24-of-33 passes (72.7 percent) for 361 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. That was Masoli’s first game over 300 passing yards since July 4, 2019 which came in Week 4 against the Montreal Alouettes.

“I thought Jeremiah played better. I thought we also hit some big ones along the way. It’s a collection of us protecting a little bit better and Jeremiah feeling a little bit more comfortable,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer said.

“I think you can also credit the offensive line protecting a little bit better. It goes hand-in-hand, they were pressuring us pretty good, I thought we handled it for the most part and when we had time to throw we missed a couple, but nobody is going to be perfect.”

Masoli missed five games with an injury to his ribs suffered against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 2. Hamilton lost the first two games of the year with him as the starter and have dropped the last two in a row to put his record at 0-4 — the last two defeats have come by four points total.

“These guys have been battling pretty hard, but we just gotta reload and refocus. Take a hard look at the film, see what everybody could’ve done better and figure it out. We just gotta refocus and regroup,” Masoli said.

The Ticats are currently third place in the East at 4-5 while Toronto sits atop the division with a 6-3 record and Montreal checks in second 5-4 with five games left in the shortened regular season. Masoli and his teammates still believe they can claim first and earn the home field advantage that goes with it.

“Bro, what kind of question is that?” Masoli responded. “Of course, what am I supposed to say: ‘No.’

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