The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have a chance to distance themselves from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers tonight.
The 2-and-4 Ticats visit the 1-and-5 Bombers on AM900 CHML, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 7pm.
Kickoff is at 8 o’clock.
Both teams are coming off their bye week but appear to be heading in different directions.
The Cats beat Edmonton 30-29 before their off week while Winnipeg dropped their 4th straight game prior to the bye week, falling 27-20 to B.C.
The Blue Bombers then pushed the reset button, firing GM Joe Mack and CEO Garth Buchko on the same day, hiring former Ticats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille as an offensive consultant, and naming Max Hall their new starting quarterback.
In fact, Hall is Winnipeg’s third different starting pivot in the last four weeks.
The decision has left Bombers players and fans bewildered.
Hall has never thrown a pass in the CFL, but the 27-year-old played six games with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals in 2010, starting three of them.
He went 39-of-78 (50%) for 370 yards, 1 touchdown and 6 interceptions.
Hall, the nephew of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Danny White, was also sacked 14 times and fumbled 5 times, losing 2 of them.
Earlier this week, Winnipeg also signed former Hamilton kicker Sandro DeAngelis, who will play against the Ticats at Investors Group Field.
It will be Hamilton’s first game at the stunning new stadium at the University of Manitoba.
The Bombers are 0-and-3 in their new digs this year.
The Cats’ also have a chance to even their 1-and-2 record away from home with a win over Winnipeg.
One of the best matchups tonight will be Hamilton’s potent offence against Winnipeg’s stout defense.
The Tiger-Cats lead the league with 307 passing yards per game, thanks to Henry Burris’ CFL best 1,803 yards this season.
The game will be the 38-year-old Burris’ 175th CFL game.
His career record is 92-79-and-3.
The Bombers are tops in the league with 24 sacks, led by CFL leader Alex Hall with 8.
Tonight’s game also marks the return of Tiger-Cats receiver Andy Fantuz.
He’s missed the last five games with a torn hamstring, and says he “can’t wait to get hit” to get himself into the game.
Cats head coach Kent Austin says Fantuz “brings a needed veteran presence” to the team.
Hamilton beat the Blue Bombers 25-20 in Week 2, but has lost three straight regular season games in Winnipeg, all at the old Canad Inns Stadium.
The Ticats and Bombers will meet again next Saturday August 24 at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.