To win games in the CFL, teams need to have a successful routine to prepare themselves to be successful each week. Game planning, execution, adjustments, and attention to detail determine if a team will be able to secure a win or suffer a loss based on how well they accomplish these tasks compared to their opponent.
This week the 0-4 Tiger-Cats are preparing to host the 0-4 Redblacks to secure their first win of the 2022 season, Hamilton will need to find ways to execute at a high level and eliminate the mistakes that have defined their season so far in 2022. For the Tiger-Cats to win this game they will need to win the turnover battle vs. Ottawa, the offence will need to be able to protect the ball, and the defence will need to force the Redblacks offence to turn the ball over.
Wide receiver Bralon Addison stated, “we are trying to go 14-0, we need to be able to win 1 game at a time.”
For the Tiger-Cats to get their first win of the 2022 season, they will need to be able to limit their mistakes and take advantage of the Redblack’s mistakes. Hamilton does have the advantages of consistent personnel and a consistent game plan.
Any CFL team that is constantly overhauling its personnel and game plan will rarely show improvement, and will instead continue a cycle of poor execution and inconsistency. The Ottawa Redblacks are coming into this Week 6 game with a significant injury at quarterback with the injury of Jeremiah Masoli, they are trying to fill that gap by acquiring Nick Arbuckle from the Elks, and their defence is looking to solidify their linebacking crew. In comparison, the Tiger-Cats are relatively healthy and have stability with their personnel offensively and defensively.
The winner of this game on Saturday night will be the team that makes the least amount of mistakes, and if the Tiger-Cats can correct their errors from the first 4 games then they will have a great opportunity to get their first win of the 2022 season.
Mid-week Injury Report
In Week 6 the Tiger-Cats are a relatively healthy team which is expected since they are coming off of a Week 5 bye week. So far this week, defensive back Cariel Brooks (back) and offensive lineman Kyle Saxelid (ankle), have been unable to practice due to their injuries. Offensive lineman Alex Fontana (knee) has been cleared for full practice this week which is important for the Tiger-Cats offensive line unit.
The Tiger-Cats also released Canadian running back Maleek Irons. Irons has played with the Tiger-Cats since 2019 and appeared in 24 games, but in 2022 has only produced 3 yards on 1 rushing attempt. Overall, the Tiger-Cats are coming into Saturday’s game healthy which could be a big advantage when facing a Redblacks team that is struggling with multiple injuries.
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