The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will try to stretch their winning streak to four games when they visit the B.C. Lions Friday night.
You can hear the game on AM900 CHML, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 9pm, kickoff is at 10pm ET.
Hamilton last won four straight games in 2010 and you’d have to go back to 1998 for the team’s previous 4-game winning run.
But a “W” won’t come easy for the 4-and-4 Ticats, as the Lions sport the best home record in the CFL this season at 4-and-0.
In fact, the 5-and-3 Leo’s have won 12 of their last 13 games at refurbished B.C. Place Stadium.
The Cats are 2-and-2 on the road this season and will try to win three straight road games for the first time since 2000.
Last year, the Lions swept the season series against Hamilton, however, the Cats had won 5 of the previous 6 meetings between the two teams.
The Cats have made four lineup changes for this game.
All-Star centre Marwan Hage returns from a three game absence due to a back injury, while cornerback Delvin Breaux, defensive back Harold Mutobola (9 game) and running back Chevon Walker hit the injured list.
Offensive lineman Mike Filer has been reinserted onto the practice roster.
The Tiger-Cats will again be counting on the arm of quarterback Henry Burris, who leads the league with 2,454 passing yards, 423 yards better than the next closest QB, Edmonton’s Mike Reilly.
The 14 year veteran has spread the ball around this season, most notably to receivers Bakari Grant and rookie Greg Ellingson, who have 38 and 33 receptions, respectively.
Ellingson is fourth in the league with 538 receiving yards while Grant is sixth with 506.
Hamilton’s defense has put forth a much improved performance over the last three games, especially in the home-and-home sweep against the Blue Bombers in which the Cats allowed 18 and 14 points.
The Ticats now field the 4th ranked defense in the CFL, allowing 355 yards per game and 27.4 points per game (5th).
B.C., on the other hand, has the league’s top ranked D unit with only 297 yards allowed per game and 25.4 points a game (3rd).
It has been the Lions offense that hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far in 2013.
While Hamilton gains an average of 374 yards a game on offense (4th), the Leo’s are tallying 334, a number that’s only ahead of Montreal and Winnipeg.
Friday night’s game marks the first of back-to-back games between Hamilton and B.C.
The rematch is scheduled for Saturday September 7 at 4pm at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.
The Ticats will wear their alternate third uniforms in that game.
Those uniforms will be unveiled next Tuesday.