As you get older typically your performance dwindles, but it would appear that Matt Nichols is at the peak of his career, and check out these numbers to back that up.
He’s the CFL’s top-rated quarterback with a QUAR of 90.2. He leads the league in TD passes with 26, against just seven interceptions. His 3,844 passing yards are a career high and most importantly, this team that was wallowing in a 1-4 start last season is now 20-6 since he took the first snap behind centre.
The last time the Bombers met the Tiger-Cats, they steamrolled them winning 39-12, and the team is 5-1 at IGF this season.
The Bombers are favoured by 13.5.
Tonight's game has a lot riding on it. If the Bombers win, Saskatchewan loses and Edmonton loses, the Bombers clinch a playoff berth.
They can go one step further and clinch a home playoff date with a win, a Saskatchewan loss, an Edmonton loss and a BC loss.
One thing the Bombers can't do is come out slow against Hamilton.
These aren’t the same Tiger-Cats the Bombers faced back in mid-August in Hamilton. Winnipeg was at 4-2 and the Ticats were 0-6 at the time, but since bottoming out at 0-8, Hamilton is 3-2 and the lineup they field Friday will look dramatically different than the one the Bombers lined up against on August 12th.
The biggest difference has been their performance at QB since Jeremiah Masoli took over for Zach Callaros.
The chances of Hamilton making the playoffs are slim, but a win tonight may get them that much closer. They currently trail Ottawa by two games in the East while Toronto is four games up on the Cats.
Kick off is set for 7:30 tonight and you can hear all the action right here on 730CKDM as we are a proud member of the Blue Bomber Radio Network.