The final game of the 2019 season is here. The Ticats have first place in the east and a bye to the Eastern Final already locked up but there are still a few things to keep our eyes on. There’s a shot at potential history, veterans returning to the lineup and a possible glimpse into the future of the Ticats organization. These are the 3keys for Ticats vs. Argos
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have a chance to finish the season 9-0 at home for the first time in franchise history. Tim Hortons Field has been an incredibly difficult place for opposing teams to come and play. If you talk to the players, they’ll tell you that the home field advantage in the hammer is real.
9-0 won’t be the ultimate goal and the Ticats are going to rest many of their starters but this is a chance for the second team to make their mark and play an even bigger role in a historic moment for football in Hamilton.
As mentioned, many of the Ticats starters will be getting the day off in order to get healthy and rested for the playoff game. Among the notable Ticats that will be making their first start are Hamilton native Jesse Gibbon, who will be getting his first career start at left guard, and quarterback Hayden Moore who will be making his first career professional start.
Gibbon was drafted by the Ticats second overall in this year’s CFL draft out of Waterloo and has spent most of this year learning behind one of the top offensive line’s in the league.
Moore signed with the Ticats back in May out of the University of Cincinnati. He appeared in last week’s game in Ottawa right at the end but also appeared in both of the Ticats’ preseason games. Moore went 19/29 for 206 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the preseason.
This will be an important game for Moore, who can look up the depth chart for some inspiration. Dane Evans made his first career start in the final regular season game last season and we all know how that turned out.
Get out healthy
This has been the most important storyline for basically the last five weeks. With nothing really on the line, keeping everyone healthy has never been a bigger priority.
Many of the usual starters won’t play and the ones that do, likely won’t play the full four quarters.
Luke Tasker will be among the veterans who do play, he likely won’t have a problem with that as he continues to work his way back from injury.
One saving grace for the Ticats is they will have two weeks before the Eastern Final