The Hamilton Tiger-Cats can do themselves a big favour if they beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Guelph Saturday afternoon.
CHML’s coverage of the game begins with the Pre-Game Show at 12:30pm, kickoff is at 1 o’clock.
A victory would be Hamilton’s third straight and would also boost the club’s record to 4-and-4.
The last time the Cats were .500 heading into the Labour Day weekend was in 2011 when they were 4-and-4 under then head coach Marcel Bellefeuille.
That team finished the regular season 8-and-10 and lost to the Blue Bombers in the East Final.
Fast forward a couple of years and Bellefeuille is now the offensive coordinator in Winnipeg, replacing the recently fired Gary Crowton.
Bellefeuille says he will implement more of a Canadian offensive scheme with the Bombers, the CFL’s lowest scoring team and the East Division cellar dwellers at 1-and-6.
Hamilton has beaten the Blue Bombers in both meetings this season, 25-20 at Alumni Stadium on July 13 and last week’s 37-18 drubbing at Investors Group Field.
A Ticats win would also clinch the season series against Winnipeg, with one more game on November 2 in the Manitoba capital.
Hamilton enters the game on an offensive hot streak, having tallied more than 400 yards on offence in their last three games.
And QB Henry Burris continues to lead the CFL with 2,136 passing yards.
Winnipeg will give rookie pivot Max Hall his second consecutive start.
He went 18-of-30 for 241 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Ticats last week.
A win by Hamilton would also keep them two points ahead of Montreal for sole possession of second place in the East.