The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will try to stretch their winning streak to three games when they visit the Montreal Alouettes Sunday afternoon.
CHML’s coverage of the game begins with the Pregame Show at 12pm, kickoff is at 1 o’clock.
Hamilton has won three consecutive games only one other time this season, back in August, when the Ticats beat the Eskimos in Edmonton and then pulled off a back-to-back sweep of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Ticats will have middle linebacker Jamall Johnson back in the lineup, as well as receiver Sam Giguere who is returning to action for the first time since breaking his pinky finger August 16 versus the Bombers.
And fullback John Delahunt is also back after hurting his knee August 30 against B.C.
The Cats beat the Alouettes in their only other meeting this season, a 28-26 win in Moncton as part of Touchdown Atlantic 3.
Despite that win, Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris is looking for a better showing against Montreal’s high pressure defense.
Burris was sacked five times by the Al’s and threw an interception in the game.
The 38-year-old Burris, who is 9 rushing yards away from 5,000 in his career, leads the CFL with 4,523 yards.
He’ll have to watch out for defensive backs Jerald Brown and Geoff Tisdale who are both tied for the CFL lead with five interceptions.
Earlier this week, the Al’s learned that future Hall of Fame QB Anthony Calvillo would not play again this season because of concussion symptoms that he’s been dealing with since August 17.
If Calvillo decides to retire, he will do so as professional football’s all-time passing yards leader, 184 yards away from 80,000 career passing yards.
With Calvillo not coming back, and backups Josh Neiswander and Tanner Marsh relegated to the bench, Montreal will start Troy Smith at quarterback against Hamilton.
The former Heisman Trophy winner with Ohio State has thrown just 12 passes in his CFL career, completing five of them, including a 54 yard touchdown pass, along with two interceptions.
Hamilton can clinch a home playoff game with a win in Montreal, where they haven’t won a regular season game since October 20, 2002, a span of exactly 11 years.