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The Ottawa REDBLACKS will look to make up some ground in the CFL’s East Division on Saturday afternoon when they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at TD Place.
Celebrating all things PRIDE at the matinee game in the Glebe (4 p.m.) start, the fans will be cheering and partying in the stands while the REDBLACKS players look to pick up two huge points against the East-leading Tabbies.
Though the REDBLACKS fell short of picking up their second-straight win in Edmonton last weekend, the team put on one of its best defensive efforts of the season, while quarterback Dominique Davis threw for 289 yards and a touchdown.
Despite the loss, Ottawa’s offensive line also showed well against Edmonton, with Stephane Nembot filling in for the injured Jason Lauzon-Seguin on a line that didn’t give up a single sack against one of the league’s top defences.
The REDBLACKS will look to build off the good things they did in Edmonton in a key East matchup on Saturday afternoon.
D is key
Ottawa’s defence came up huge against the Eskimos, with Jerod Fernandez (8 defensive tackles and a forced fumble), and DeAndre Farris and Avery Williams (7 each) leading the way. Anthony Cioffi also chipped in with four tackles and a sack. The REDBLACKS will need plenty more where that came from against Hamilton.
Dom to Dom connection
While Ottawa came up short on the scoreboard last weekend, the building chemistry between quarterback Dominique Davis and receiver Dominique Rhymes is something to get excited about. The long ball touchdown pass from Davis, perfectly placed into the hands of a streaking Rhymes, was a thing of beauty.
Next man up
Cliché as it sounds, it’s next man up for the REDBLACKS as far as kick/punt returners go. With DeVonte Dedmon and Rafael Araujo-Lopes getting hurt last weekend, it just so happens that next man is veteran CFL returner Stefan Logan. It also just so happens that Saturday will mark the 100th CFL regular season game of Logan’s career.
Scouting the opposition
Three wins and six points separate the first-place Tiger-Cats from the third-place REDBLACKS, though Ottawa has had Hamilton’s number of late. Last season alone, Ottawa went 3-0 against the Tabbies in the regular season before beating them 46-27 in the East Final. That said, the Tiger-Cats have come out firing in 2019 and have barely missed a beat since starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli went down with a season-ending injury, pushing Dane Evans into the starting role. Offensively, the Ti-Cats are led by receiver Brandon Banks, who has put up 691 receiving yards so far through seven games, including five touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Justin Tuggle is leading the way with 40 defensive tackles, while Ja’Gared Davis has an impressive six sacks through eight games. In all, five Hamilton players have at least three sacks on the year.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Ottawa REDBLACKS | Week 10 – August 17th, 2019
Kickoff – 4 p.m. EDT | TD Place
4 PM ET |TV : EN: TSN | Radio: EN: TSN 1200 | FR: 104,7 FM Outaouais