Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hamilton versus Edmonton Aftermath

That was certainly a thrilling game that went right down to the wire. Hamilton's 28-21 victory over Edmonton was the first time that the Cats have won three in a row at home, since I don't know when. I will try to figure out the last time that happened, but I think it has been a while.

The Cat defence was again the main factor the Cats won. Edmonton had a lot of long drives, but had to settle for field goals rather than TDs, which kept the game in reach. Matt Kirk got the only sack for the Cats, an important one at the end of the game, but Edmonton was hurt badly by a number of holding calls, including one that overturned what could have been a key TD. Chris Thompson's interception followed by a lateral to Geoff Tisdale that ended up as a touchdown was probably the key defensive play of the game. Ray ended up going 23 for 37 for 335 yards, with a TD and two picks. Markeith Knowlton had a monster game, with 11 tackles and an interception in the end zone.

On offense, Porter was 26 for 37 (a decent completion percentage) for 211 yards, with one TD pass and no pickes. The passes were generally short, with the longest completion only 21 yards, however the team was able to move the football. Arland Bruce in his second game led the Cat receivers with nine receptions for 78 yards. Hopefully in future games, Bruce will break a few for longer gains. Thompson and Rodriguez had five catches each. Cobb had a decent effort, with 12 rushes for 75 yards with a TD and of course the big gain in the fourth quarter that set up the winning TD.

Certainly the Cats are looking good heading into Saskatchewan, facing a Rider team coming off a loss to BC. One has to figure the Vegas bookmakers will have to favour the Cats in this one, as everyone must know the Cats are for real.

Kind of a disappointing crowd, although the rain did look kind of heinous. The Cats don't play again until Labour Day at home versus the Blue team, so hopefully that will set up a good crowd (providing the weather cooperates). Possibility for a sellout if the Cats can keep playing decently. I'm curious to see the ratings for this game, since last week's Cats game was the highest rated sports program in Canada.

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