The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have another opportunity to secure a home playoff game when they host the Montreal Alouettes Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.
CHML’s coverage begins with the Pregame Show at 12:30pm, kickoff is at 1 o’clock.
Hamilton can clinch second place in the CFL’s East Division with a victory over Montreal.
If the Alouettes win the back half of their home-and-home series against the Ticats, the Al’s would leap ahead of Hamilton in the standings with one week to play.
If that scenario plays out, Hamilton would have to beat Winnipeg on November 2 and hope Montreal loses to Toronto the night before in order for the Cats to claim second.
Hamilton will have virtually the same lineup that suited up for last weekend’s 36-5 loss in Montreal.
The Tiger-Cats enter the game with the second ranked offense in the CFL, averaging 377 yards per game, behind only Calgary’s 395.
While the Al’s are the top defensive unit in the league, allowing just 316 yards a game, including a miniscule 82 rushing yards/game.
Despite leading the CFL with 4,629 passing yards, Ticats QB Henry Burris has thrown a league high 18 interceptions this season.
Hank also tossed 18 picks in 2012, but he had a league best 43 touchdowns as well.
And Burris has struggled in both games against the Al’s blitz heavy defense this season, completing just 26 of 50 pass attempts (52%) for 282 yards, zero TD’s and 2 interceptions.
Alouettes rookie Troy Smith will be making his second consecutive start for Montreal after claiming a win in his first starting assignment on October 20 at Percival Molson Stadium.
The 2006 Heisman Trophy winner with Ohio State threw for 247 yards and three majors against Hamilton, two of those scoring strikes went to receiver S.J. Green.