After a 42-8 wake-up call at the hands of Montreal Allouettes last Friday, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are ready to rebound on the road against the Calgary Stampeders this Saturday.
Many things led to the Allouette smashing of the Ti-Cats.
It was a long weekend according to Hamilton head coach Marcell Bellefeuille, who said his team spent the entire weekend watching tape and dissecting what went wrong.
Typically the team spends just 24 hours looking at tape.
The Cats had some key players out for that game who will return this weekend in Calgary.
Wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez, defensive linemen Garrett McIntyre and Darrell Adams, and defensive back Geoff Tisdale have all been cleared to play, giving the Ti-Cats back some depth as well as some returning starters.
I'm not making excuses because, let's face it, Hamilton got blown out against Montreal.
The Cats were 5-1 at home before Friday including a Sept. 18 win over the Stampeders.
"We faced Calgary and Montreal and split those games," Bellefeuille said. "But because we got blown out, nobody really looks at that."
The same thing will apply to the Montreal game. If the Cats can pull off the victory in Calgary.
Beating Calgary two weeks ago with the same team they have now certainly doesn't mean they can't do it again just because they are on the road.
The return of Rodriguez takes some pressure off of Arland Bruce, and even Quinton Porter.
No offense to the other receivers, but knowing you have two players like Rodriguez and Bruce is a definite helper offensively and can make the quarterback look that much better.
The Cats defense is the Cats defense—very good. And they will most likely go into this weekend's game the same as always.
The problem was clearly the offense, but expect them to fully rebound against Calgary.
It should be nothing short of an exciting game, regardless of who you're rooting for.