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Mark F

Sask v Hamilton

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Both teams are coming off of a bye week in which they played one another the week prior. These two teams have arguably two of the toughest stadiums to play in when it comes to their fans and TigerTown will surely be ready.

Jeremiah Masoli is one game away from taking sole possession of the record for most consecutive games with 300-yards passing.

As for Saskatchewan, Chris Jones looks to be sticking to his quarterback rotation. Has a week off given him enough time to perfect it and sort out his offensive woes?

PICK

Writers: 100% Hamilton

Fans: 79% Hamilton

Regina leader post...

 

Taman: Sticking with the back-to-back theory. Tiger-Cats by three.

Vanstone: Riders won’t have enough offence. Tiger-Cats by nine.

I just hope it's a good game. 

 

Edited by Mark F

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CFL GAME NOTES

 Drive Start Points: Hamilton has had 54 offensive possessions so far but ... have not started ANY in their Opponents' end of the field. They have 9 TD drives this year and these have averaged 79.1 yards, the highest average since the CFL began tracking this data. Across the CFL, the average scoring drive has been 68.7 yards or having start at their own 41-yard line.

Jeremiah Masoli 300+: Comes into this week with 9 consecutive 300-yard passing games and can pass initial record holders Sam Etcheverry (1956) and Kent Austin (1991) who each made it to 9 games in a row of 300+ passing yards. Masoli has thrown just 5 interceptions in his 334 pass attempts during his 9-game run with 13 TD passes.

Hamilton schedule: The Ti-Cats start 2018 with 5 straight games against the West for the FIRST time in their entire 69-year history.

- 2nd Dn Conversions - SSK games: Games involving the Riders haven't been high scoring to say the least with only 10 OFFENSIVE Touchdowns in 122 combined possessions (8% TD rate compared to 18% in the other 15 CFL games this year - less than half). The reason is the lack of 2nd down conversions - 38.8% in the 4 Saskatchewan games, 48.5% in ALL other games this year).

- 4 SSK Offensive TDs: The Riders have scored just four offensive touchdowns this season. The last time they had less than 4 in their first 4 games was in 1995 (3) and that has happened just 4 times (1995: 3, 1963: 3, 1962: 4, 1960: 3). Idea thanks to! Rob Vanstone.

- Saskatchewan 'D': The Riders lead the CFL with 31 forced 2-&-Outs by their Opponents in just 4 games, exactly 50%.

- Riders 4 in a row: Saskatchewan brings a 4-game winning streak against Hamilton into this meeting, a complete reversal from the four games before that all won by the Ti-Cats. From 2004 to 2009, the Riders won 11 in a row vs Hamilton and lead 47-42 all-time.

- Unusual SSK QB pattern: Since the CFL started tracking drives in-depth in 2009, no team has done what the Riders did in their last game alternating Brandon Bridge and David Watford. For reasons other than injury, they switched QBs from drive to drive 6 times in the win over the Ti-Cats, twice in the 1st half and 4 times in the 2nd Half.

- Banks 3 straight 100's: Brandon Banks has gone over 100 yards in his last 3 games, one less than Duke Williams' current run of 4 in a row at 100+ receiving. Banks can tie Williams who is off on a bye week, but needs two more to match his own run of five 100s in a row in 2017. 4-game comparison: 2017: 4 catches for 38 yards, 2018: 28 catches for 360 yards, CFL-best 4 of 30+.

- Hamilton Field Position: The Ti-Cats have started their drives on average from their own 27-yard line, the worst by any team. 

- Hard to explain: Hamilton has allowed only 3 points in the 3rd Quarter this season in 4 games, but 42 points in the 4th Quarter.

30% of the Tackles: Larry Dean and Simoni Lawrence have combined for 42 of Hamilton's 140 Def. Tackles - that is 30% of the team's total. That is not far off the 33% of BC's total that Adam Bighill and Solomon Elimimian made in 2016.

- Schedule Quirk: This game between Hamilton and Saskatchewan brings up a very unusual quirk in that is the second of a pure back-to-back set but ... with a bye for BOTH teams in this case and so they are not playing in consecutive weeks. A look at schedules over the last 25 years showed no other such sets.

- Brandon Bridge: Has two wins as a starter in the CFL and BOTH of these victories have come against Hamilton including two weeks ago in Regina when he led his first-ever 4th Quarter game-winning drive. Saskatchewan trailed 13-12 with 2:23 to play but Bridge drove them 77 yards on 5 plays with 3-of-3 passing for 43 yds for the deciding TD.

- Marcus Thigpen: Had 48 yards rushing on just 5 carries in the win over Hamilton last game, 34 on his final carry for the winning TD. He was held to just 14 yards on his first 4 rushes in the first 35:00 and then did not run the ball until the Riders' clinching drive.

- Charleston Hughes: Leads the CFL with 5 Sacks and has recorded at least one in 3 of the Riders' 4 games.

- Reilly and Masoli: The CFL has never had two QBs go over 6000 yards in the same year, both are on or near 6K pace in 2018. 

- 4 on pace for 1K: The Ti-Cats have four receivers on pace for 1,000 yards as well as 100+ Targets.

- Nikita Whitlock: Has been the Ti-Cats starting running back in all four games to date - and he has exactly 6 rushing attempts. 

- Challenges: The Ti-Cats are the only team to have made a Challenge in each of their games - and they are 0-for-4 so far.

- Kick return big plays: There has been just 12 so far of the 30+/40+ yd type in 2018 (PR/KO) compared to 20 at Wk #5 last year.

- Turnover Effect: As usual teams with more T/Os seldom win. Only one team (Edmonton) has won a game when making more.

- Rushing yards: With several QBs well up among rushing leaders, CFL games have averaged 220 yards per game vs 185 last year.

- After Q3: Only four teams have overcome a deficit with 15:00 to play and gone on to win, and no team has done it twice. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

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3 hours ago, Brandon said:

if Hamilton destroys them...with another poor showing by the offense. Will they fire McAdoo?

Should have fired him before the season if he's willing to do it now. He has no qb, below average ol, and one reliable weapon at receiver. None of those things are his fault.

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to me the Most interesting stat posted by mr dee is

4 hours ago, Mr Dee said:

. Masoli has thrown just 5 interceptions in his 334 pass attempts during his 9-game run with 13 TD passes.

Cause so many of youse guys said he threw a lot of int.

wrong.

 

Edited by Mark F

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8 hours ago, Mark F said:

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Both teams are coming off of a bye week in which they played one another the week prior. These two teams have arguably two of the toughest stadiums to play in when it comes to their fans and TigerTown will surely be ready.

Jeremiah Masoli is one game away from taking sole possession of the record for most consecutive games with 300-yards passing.

As for Saskatchewan, Chris Jones looks to be sticking to his quarterback rotation. Has a week off given him enough time to perfect it and sort out his offensive woes?

PICK

Writers: 100% Hamilton

Fans: 79% Hamilton

Regina leader post...

 

Taman: Sticking with the back-to-back theory. Tiger-Cats by three.

Vanstone: Riders won’t have enough offence. Tiger-Cats by nine.

I just hope it's a good game. 

 

Pederson: Riders win Super Bowl.

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4 minutes ago, JuranBoldenRules said:

Both these teams run the same hitch screen/draw action on about 80% of their passing downs.  Boring as hell and going nowhere.

TSN is having a hell of a time getting the LOS and first down lines to work tonight.  They are way off.

Bingo...    Masoli also shakey as he can't handle the pressure well.  

 

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