CFL Preview - Toronto (1-1) at Hamilton (0-2)|
From The Sports Network
By Gregg Xenakes, CFL Editor
DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. (et).
GAME NOTES: The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are one of two teams in the league who have
yet to put all the pieces together in 2012 and earn a win, something they hope
to remedy on Saturday, when they take on the Toronto Argonauts at Ivor Wynne
Hamilton, which is set to play three of the next four games at home, has
allowed an average of 41 ppg thus far and while the team went from posting
just 16 points in the opener against Saskatchewan to 36 versus British
Columbia on Friday, the 'Cats still had to deal with a three-point setback on
The Tiger-Cats opened the game last week with a 95-yard touchdown pass play
between Henry Burris and Chevon Walker, the two combining on a two-yard major
in the fourth frame as well when Hamilton was frantically trying to gain some
momentum. Burris connected on 26-of-39 for 359 yards and four touchdowns, but
was intercepted once (returned for a touchdown) and suffered four sacks along
Chris Williams continued to show his worth as he caught four passes for 28
yards and a score and also returned a punt 67 yards for a major in the third
Unfortunately for the Tiger-Cats, the run defense was less than effective
against BC as the Lions rolled up 208 yards and a score of 24 attempts.
As for the Argonauts, they were involved in a similar matchup against Calgary
on Saturday, but in their case they came out ahead in the 39-36 final at home
thanks to kicker Noel Prefontaine who broke the tie with a 28-yard field goal
as time expired.
Prefontaine, now the league leader in kicking points with 30 through two
games, converted 6-of-8 field goals and all of his PATs in pushing the Argos
into the win column.
New Toronto quarterback Ricky Ray broke out in a big way as he threw for 407
yards and a couple of scores, although he also tossed two interceptions in the
tight matchup. Andre Durie led all receivers with 10 catches for 118 yards,
while Dontrelle Inman turned his three catches into a hefty 107 yards and both
aerial TDs for the hosts.
Running back Cory Boyd scored the first points of the game for the Argonauts
as he crossed the goal line from five yards out in the first quarter, just a
small sample of his game-high 101 yards on 20 rushing attempts in the meeting.
The Toronto defense took Calgary starting quarterback Drew Tate out of action
during the team's second possession with an apparent left wrist injury. Tate,
who remained on the turf for several minutes before heading to the bench, put
his hand down on the turf as he attempted to elude a hit by Toronto's Derrick
Summers. However, even with the Stamps being forced to go to their backup at
quarterback, Kevin Glenn, they still managed to rally and make the game
competitive against Toronto.
Toronto, just 6-12 last season, lost the first two meetings between the clubs
a year ago before delivering a surprising 33-16 victory in the regular-season
finale on November 3.
Even with that most recent victory, the Argos are still far behind in the all-
time, regular-season series, as Hamilton maintains a 122-87-2 edge dating back
to 1950. The 'Cats have captured six of the last seven matchups and seven of
Being in the same division, Hamilton and Toronto are set to face each other
three more times during the regular season. The squads are set to battle during
back-to-back weeks in early September, the dates separated by just five days,
while the Argos will host Hamilton in the last game of the regular season.
Clearly Ray can put up some very strong numbers when it comes to yardage
totals, but he'll also need the Toronto defense to play a more pivotal role
this weekend or the visitors are going to keep Hamilton in the loss column.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Toronto 27, Hamilton 18
07/11 11:27:12 ET