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Disappointing Tiger-Cats Still Have Opportunity To Fight For 2nd Place In East

The 3-7 Hamilton Tiger-Cats have had their 2022 season defined by missed opportunities every week. In Week 11, the Tiger-Cats had a 4th quarter lead against the Montreal Alouettes. If they were able to finish the game with and touchdown scoring drive on their last possession, or the ability to stop the Alouettes from setting up a game-winning field goal, then they would currently be preparing to play for 1st place in the East division in Week 12.

Unfortunately, the Tiger-Cats were not able to make a clutch play in the 4th quarter and lost yet another road game. With a large number of injuries and a disappointing loss, the Tiger-Cats could be tempted to lose hope of securing a playoff position, but as the Tiger-Cats prepare to face the Toronto Argonauts for the 3rd time this season, they have yet another opportunity to take a step forward and take control of their playoff destiny.

The Week 12 matchup between the 3-7 Hamilton Tiger-Cats and 4-5 Toronto Argonauts features the 3rd round of the Battle of the QEW and two teams fighting for 2nd place in the East division. Two weeks ago the Tiger-Cats were in a similar position when they played host to the Argonauts, even though Hamilton’s roster was decimated by injuries, the Tiger-Cats played their best game of the year.

In that game, the Tiger-Cats had their best performance running the football, and they were able to make big plays on offence and defence. The difference maker may be that the Tiger-Cats three wins this season have all come at home, and this week they will have to play on the road in Toronto. Will the Tiger-Cats be able to secure their first road win of the 2022 season? If they are to play well enough to get an upset victory, they will find themselves back in 2nd place in the East division.

Mid-Week Injury Report

The Tiger-Cats are still battling a long list of injuries as they prepare to make a run for a Grey Cup Championship playoff position. Several players have been ruled out for this week: LB Simoni Lawrence (knee), DB Ciante Evans (hand), OL Alex Fontana (knee), FB Jake Burt (knee), DB Lawrence Woods (knee), and backup QB Jamie Newman. LB Bailey Feltmate (quad) has limited opportunities to practice this week.

The Tiger-Cats also have several players that could be ruled questionable for Week 12: DB Jumal Rolle (Hamstring), QB Dane Evans (right shoulder), DL Dylan Wynn (knee), DL Julian Howsare (achilles), and DL Anthony Federico (head). The Tiger-Cats have shown the ability to continue to compete while dealing with the injury issues, and they must continue to keep finding ways to fill in the gaps in their active roster.

Roster Additions

This week the Tiger-Cats have added two American players to maintain their roster depth despite their injuries. American defensive back Rodney Randle Jr. has been acquired by the Tiger-Cats. Randle Jr. has spent the 2021-22 seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. In two seasons he registered 44 defensive tackles, 11 special teams tackles, and 2 interceptions.

The Tiger-Cats have also acquired American wide receiver Jaylon Redd has also been acquired by the Tiger-Cats. Redd played 5 seasons, 52 games, at the University of Oregon, and he had 131 receptions with 1,435 yards and 16 touchdowns. Redd also had 24 carries for 179 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. The Tiger-Cats have also released Canadian wide receiver, Tyler Turner.

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Aaron Sauter is a 23-veteran high school football coach that is also an fan of all levels of football. He is especially interested in alternative football leagues like the CFL, UFL, and IFL. Aaron enjoys analyzing innovative schemes on offense and defense during his free time.
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