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Saturday, 12 August 2017 09:08

Bombers set to take on Tiger Cats

When the Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the Hamilton Tiger Cats, most fans expect a win.

 

Perhaps rightfully so as well, the Bombers are 4-2 and the Tiger Cats are 0-6. But don’t let records fool you, as the Bombers have shown in the last couple of weeks, anything can happen in the CFL.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

When you look at the 2017 Blue Bombers, the team should be 5-1, if it weren’t for a huge let down against the Lions. But, then again, the Bombers could have also lost the past two weeks if it weren’t for some late game heroics.

For some team’s, playing on the road is sometimes a curse, but not for the Bombers. They are 9-3 dating back to last season on the road, which includes 2-1 this season, but should be 3-0 if it weren’t for that loss against the Lions.

The Bombers have also played the Tiger Cats well lately, winning both of the matches with them last year by a combined 30 points.

Matt Nichols who is beginning to be the quarterback Winnipeg has been waiting for is now 22-17 in his career as a starter, and 14-5 in his last 19 with the Bombers.

His stats are a little more impressive when you dive deep into them. He’s engineered three fourth-quarter game-winning drives this season, and eight in his last 15 starts, in which the Bombers are 10-5.

Not much will change for the Bombers come kick off on Saturday, but the team did release veteran DB Bruce Johnson earlier this week.

DB Abu Conteh and LB Shayne Gauthier will suit up, while Brandon Alexander was moved to the one-game injured list.

Hamilton Tiger Cats

Games for the Hamilton Tiger Cats have been long, upsetting and all six times this season have resulted in losses.

But despite losing all six games, the Tiger Cats have played the Edmonton Eskimos twice this season and lost by a combined eight points. Not bad considering the Eskimos have yet to lose a game this season (7-0) and late in those games, the Cats had chances to win, but just couldn’t find a way to win.

The Tiger Cats are just the 18th team in CFL history to start a season, 0-6 and the only team to make the playoffs after the bad start was the 1969 BC Lions, who went 5-11. It’s worth noting, that was well before the CFL’s crossover playoff format came into effect in 1996.

Zach Callaros has lost his last 10 starts for the Tiger Cats.

At the end of the day, there is no doubt that the Tiger Cats will eventually win a game, it’s just a matter of when, but if they can use their home field advantage, and play good football like they did against the Eskimos, today might be the day.

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Andrew Harris is on pace to make 120 receptions this season, which would break the CFL record, which has been held since 1985 when Craig Ellis had 102.

Kickoff for tonight’s Bombers, Tiger Cats game is set for 6:30, and you can hear it right here on 730CKDM as we are a proud member of the Blue Bomber Radio Network.

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