Calgary played host to the Hamilton Tiger-cats who sit atop the Eastern Division and were coming off their bye-week rested. The Stampeders have strung together a few wins since the return of Bo Mitchell and looked to turn the tables after suffering defeat by the Ti-Cats earlier this season.
Pay the Man!
This game came down to a last second field goal BLOCK, which you don’t see very often. How it wound up there was a snapshot of the entire game. Calgary struggled to stop the Ti-Cat offence from marching down the field. They did prevents major scores, as did the Stampeder D, but a field goal was all it would’ve taken to get the win. In the last minute of the game Hamilton ate up enough yards to give themselves that lead, and if it wasn’t for the heroics of Tre Roberson, who’s having himself a All-Star year, the Stampeders would’ve walked away with the L.
Yes the Stamps are putting up wins which shows the resiliency and experience of the team. If you can win the turnover battle and limit your mistakes then you have a solid chance to win every game. But the same problems are plaguing them.
The time of possession was split between the two teams. Calgary won the turnover battle with 3 but RedZone production was a problem. They only managed six points from three field goal attempts. Bo Mitchell struggled to find a rhythm all game. Each throw looked like a dead duck as it wobbled to its intended receiver. He looks like a quarterback who is missed a couple of months. That doesn’t take away 406 yards including 342 by the air, but the attack seems is stuck around two players. Eric Rogers and Reggie Begelton are having record years, the latter eclipsing the 1000 receiving yards marker for the first time in his career.
On defence the usual problems. Losing Cory Greenwood in the middle early didn’t help. But it’s that defensive line that continues to put pressure on QBs and stop the run. Injuries play a role, but you have to wonder when the GM go out and find some additions with the extra salary cap room. Having said that, the D shut down Hamilton’s role to the tune of ONE point in the entire second half. Not bad, but almost not enough.
We learned a few things about Hamilton, a clear frontrunner to win the East. They lead the Division for a reason and even with back-up QB Dane Evans behind center, they were picking apart the defense putting up / 473 yards.
Next up is Toronto in Toronto. Easy win?