Saskatchewan Roughriders (11-7) vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8)
Sunday, November 24 at 6pm et/3pm pt on TSN
|Roughriders welcome old friends Kent Austin, Andy Fantuz, Henry Burris, and Eric Tillman as they search for home field Grey Cup victory.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders last won a Grey Cup in 2007, just the team’s third championship overall and first since the 1980s, with Kent Austin leading the way from the sidelines and Andy Fantuz taking home Most Outstanding Canadian honours.
Austin and Fantuz will once again be on the sidelines as the Roughriders look to win their fourth Grey Cup in front of hometown fans, but this time wearing Black and Gold as head coach and star receiver of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
And Austin and Fantuz aren't the only former Riders the notoriously load and boisterous Saskatchewan fan base will welcome back on Grey Cup Sunday. Tiger-Cats starting QB Henry Burris returns to the city he called home for the 2000, and 2003-04 seasons, his time there split by a stint down south in the NFL.
And you can’t forget former Riders GM Eric Tillman, now a consultant for Austin and the Ticats.
While Sheets stole all the headlines with his terrific season on the ground this year, the Roughriders had another player in the backfield deserving of Most Outstanding Player consideration in Darian Durant. The veteran quarterback followed his sterling first half with an inconsistent second but still finished with one of the better seasons at the position in the league. Durant finished second in passing yards behind Hamilton’s Henry Burris but his 31 touchdown passes were seven more than any other QB in the CFL. Both Durant and Sheets are going to need big games to send the fans at Mosaic Stadium home happy.
Hamilton’s offence lost some of its explosiveness this season – in large part due to the Chris Williams contract squabble – but remained one of the most potent units in the league. The Tiger-Cats’ return to the post-season was in large part due to an improved offence. The secondary was much better with newcomers Delvin Breaux, Evan McCollough and Courtney Stephen joining the only returning member Dee Webb in totally revamping the back end. Torrey Davis and Brian Bulcke led a strong defensive line while even the shakeup at linebacker proved effective, with Simoni Lawrence and Rico Murray playing productive roles in Hamilton this season.
With all that in mind, this game could basically be considered a must-have for the Roughriders and their fan base. Not only would they love beating Austin, Burris, and Tillman, but they also don’t want to break the string of host teams winning the Grey Cup.
The past two years have seen the Grey Cup hoisted in front of the home fans, the BC Lions winning the 99th Grey Cup in BC Place and Toronto Argonauts winning last year’s game at the Rogers Centre.
And there is no greater home field advantage in the country than at Mosaic Stadium in Saskatchewan, especially with the Grey Cup on the line.
This Week2Last Week2Saskatchewan Roughriders11-6
Getting by the top-ranked Calgary Stampeders would be enough to give the Roughriders the top spot in the Power Rankings if they extended into the playoffs, but the second best team in the league during the regular season will settle for a home date with a Grey Cup on the line against the fourth best team in the league during the regular season.
This Week4Last Week4Hamilton Tiger-Cats10-8
The Tiger-Cats have continuously improved all season long. Hamilton finished last year in the East Division basement and while they were far from a lost cause, few saw them getting this far, this fast. The Tiger-Cats defence went from a leaky unit early in the season to one that prevented Ricky Ray and the Argos from scoring in the second half of the Eastern Final.
||Hamilton 0 at Saskatchewan 37
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||Saskatchewan 32 at Hamilton 20
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