Wow! What a slate of games over the holiday weekend! With the season crossing the halfway point, it was a chance for teams to make a statement—and make a statement they did.
The roar of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was loud and clear against the Toronto Argonauts. Montreal made sure no one would underestimate them again this season with a surprise win. Calgary showed some vulnerability but then also displayed some true grit and determination.
As for the Roughriders, they clearly had no interest in being bombed.
However, there is one unique and important detail about last weekend games. No one has to wait for revenge because they are playing the same team this weekend (just at the other team’s field).
How significant is home field advantage? Will the losing team be able to figure out what it needs to do not to make it two in a row? Is there a chance that the outcome will be any different the second time around for anyone?
Or will it be the same result, but on a different day and field?
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Fans, analysts, and media types will be debating those very questions and more in the days to come. Has Calgary become mistake-prone? Are they tired of beating everyone with ease and need a challenge? Can Toronto take down the Ticats? Will the Blue Bombers regain their pride?
For potential answers to these questions along with the lines, spread, and over/under for this Saturday’s slate of games enjoy the following previews.