With the Tiger-Cats win 24-17 win against Montreal last Thursday night Hamilton finds itself building momentum. The Tiger-Cats are currently tied in 2nd place in the East with Montreal both of which are 2-5 and have 4 points in the standings. This week the Tiger-Cats play their first of many games against their greatest rival, the Toronto Argonauts.
The Argos are currently in first place in the East with a 3-3 record, but Toronto did come up short against the Ottawa Redblacks on Sunday night. Due to that loss, the Argos could not extend their lead, and that means that this first round between the Tiger-Cats and Argos means that with a win Hamilton would be tied for first in the East division with both teams at 6 points in the standings.
East division games have been huge opportunities for the Tiger-Cats to get their 2022 season back on track. Back-up quarterback Matt Shiltz had a great game last week against his former team and said “every win against the East division is worth 4 points, 2 points for us and 2 points that the other team did not get.”
So if the Tiger-Cats can continue to play well enough to win the season would seem to be back on track for the Tiger-Cats. To make this surge the Tiger-Cats have been trying to play at a higher level as a team, Dane Evans said “we are a balanced team that is hard to defend.” The Tiger-Cats do need to understand that getting the win against Montreal did not mark the end of their climb but the beginning of it.
A letdown by Hamilton would be a big disappointment, head coach Orlondo Steinauer said “everyone should be happy with (last week’s) win, but no one should be satisfied.” To do so the Tiger-Cats will need players like Kameron Kelly to make big plays like his interception to end the game against the Alouettes Kelly explained the feeling the Tiger-Cats have after getting that big win “we want to do what we can do to win and keep winning.”
As the Tiger-Cats prepare to travel to BMO field at 7 pm Saturday we will see if they can make the right moves to continue to climb to the top of the East division standings. This game is the Tiger-Cats 2nd of six straight games against the East division. Saturday’s game also kicks off a series of matchups that will occur in the next few weeks and potentially determine the champion of the East division.
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