Special Teams Weak in Loss

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats haven’t beaten Calgary and a decade. After coming off a loss against the lowly Alouettes, they squared off vs. a Bo Mitchell less Stampeders.

The game was reminiscent of the first game of the season. Calgary did everything they could to shoot themselves in the foot. Ultimately, this came down to a one-man show. Brandon Banks, or Speedy B as they call him in Hamilton, single-handedly won the game. The Ticats had nothing going on offence, but that didn’t matter. They took points when they could and it was enough.

Nick Arbuckle was behind centre for his second straight start and did what he could to get the win. He did enough but it wasn’t enough. There were too many dropped balls by receivers. Eric Rogers, usually dependable, dropped three or four passes. Ambles and Begelton both fumbling balls at key times. Untimely penalties and special teams mishaps culminated into enough mistakes that the Stamps couldn’t recover.

Calgary had some early success on special teams with a fake punt for a first down, and a blocked punt for a touchdown. But the second half was a different story. A long Rene Parades missed field goal returned for a touchdown. Before that, a puntĀ  returned for a touchdown. That was the difference.

Up to the second half the Hamilton offence put up 50 total yards. Is that a winning combination? It’s certainly not sustainable. The defence showed up to put in a solid game and continues to improve. But 2 sides of the football were missing. There was absolutely no run game with the o-line took a step backwards.

Luckily the Stampeders get to play the Toronto Argonauts in a quick turnaround. The have a weird schedule by playing on Thursday. Toronto is the worst team in the league but Calgary will have to improve. If they put out an effort like they did tonight it’s anybody’s guess what might happen next week. There are a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes in this football club right now. I suppose it’s better now rather than at the end of the season, but it’s an unusual sight for an organization that prides itself in being prepared. That should mean enough changes next week along with some good practice days to iron out more kinks.

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