B.C. Lions (9-6) at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-8)
Game 16 | Saturday, October 22 @ 7:00 p.m., EST
Ivor Wynne Stadium – Hamilton, Ontario
TV BROADCAST: TSN featuring
RADIO BROADCAST: AM 900 CHML featuring Rick Zamperin (play-by-play) and John Salavantis (analyst)
Saturday’s game will be the second and final meeting between the Tiger-Cats and Lions. The match-up will be the 81st meeting between the two clubs since 1950. B.C. holds a 46-31-3 edge in the all-time series. The Tiger-Cats won the first meeting between the teams this season, capturing a 39-31 victory on July 22 in B.C.
The Tiger-Cats enter Sunday’s contest coming off a 27-25 loss to Montreal on October 16. Hamilton’s offence was held to just four field goals in the first three frames before they rallied and put together two fourth quarter touchdown drives to close the Montreal gap to two. But that was as close as the Ticats would get. Despite the loss last Sunday Hamilton was still able to clinch a post-season birth becasue of a Saskatchewan loss.
The Lions have won eight straight games, their latest win was a 29-18 defeat of the Saskatchewan Rough Riders at Mosaic stadium last Sunday. B.C currently sits atop the Western division after 15 games, but need a win in Hamilton to keep pace with Edmonton who beat Toronto on Friday night.
2011 STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Total Offence Per Game 347.7 (4th) 367.3 (3rd)
Rushing Offence Per Game 93.3 (7th) 99.3 (6th)
Passing Offence Per Game 267.1 (4th) 280.4 (3rd)
Total Defence Per Game 389.3 (7th) 328.6 (2nd)
Rushing Defence Per Game 116.1 (7th) 99.2 (3rd)
Passing Defence Per Game 290.2 (7th) 256.7 (3rd)
Points Per Game 28.0 (4th) 28.6 (2nd)
Opponents Points Per Game 27.7 (6th) 21.5 (1st)
2011 INDIVIDUAL STATISTIC LEADERS
K. Glenn: 270/429, 3526 yds, 19 TD, 13 INT T. Lulay: 285/486, 3995, 24 TD, 9 INT
A. Cobourne: 180-867 yds, 8 TD A. Harris: 86-390 yds, 1 TD
C. Williams: 65-1012 yds, 6 TD G. Simon: 73-1148 yds, 7 TD
J. Johnson: 77 tackles S. Elimimian: 81 tackles
J. Hickman: 11 sacks K. Williams: 11 sacks
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Avon Cobourne # 22/ RB / Hamilton
The last time Cobourne faced the Lions he hit the century mark right on the number, his first 100-yard rushing game as a Ticat. Cobourne scored two touchdowns in Hamilton’s 39-31 victory in B.C. on July 22. His 49-yard scoring run with 52 seconds left in the game secured the win for Hamilton. Expect Cobourne,with Terry Grant gone for the season, to shoulder the load along the ground and have another solid performance against the Lions.
Arland Bruce # 1 / WR / B.C
Mr. Bruce will make his return to Hamilton after being taded to the Lions for a pair of future draft picks on August 3. The veteran receiver has caught 35 balls for 577 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games since joining the Lions and will surely be looking to have a stellar performance against his former team.
Hamilton’s defensive half backs vs. B.C.’s slot receivers
The Tiger-Cats have had their trouble dealing with talented inside pass targets this season and the Hamilton secondary will face arguably the best duo in the league when the Lions come to town. Geroy Simon and his runningmate Arland Bruce provide many coverage problems for opposing defensive backfields. Simon is a slick route runner and if you pay too much attention to number 81, who is second in the CFL in receiving yards, than Bruce can get loose. Newly acquired defensive back Dee Webb played well in his Ticats debut in Montreal last week. He will need another strong effort against the Lions to limit their dynamic duo of slot receivers.