In the wild, there is often nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal — and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are hurting.
The team, which was dealt a crushing defeat at Mosaic Stadium, meets the Saskatchewan Roughriders on home turf Saturday.
Here are some notes for the game:
- Hot and not: Saskatchewan (4-0) remains the only undefeated team in the CFL while the Ticats (1-3) dropped into a three-way tie for last in the East Division.
- Willy or wont he?: The Riders first-string QB, Darian Durant, spent most of the week in a walking boot and is listed as a game time decision. Back-up Drew Willy could get the call for some or all of the game.
- Sticky fingers: The Riders have zero turnovers through four games. It's the only time a team has gone four in a row since the league started tracking that stat in 2008.
- More arcane stats: Saskatchewan leads the CFL in : Scoring (average of 37.8 points per game); net offence (423 yards/avg. per game), rushing (168 yards/avg. per game), first downs, 2nd down conversions and time of possession.
- Andy Out: Hamilton may again be without Andy Fantuz. The former Rider is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury.
- Back to School: The Tiger-Cats are playing their home games at the University of Guelph while their new stadium — Tim Hortons Field — is built.
- Sheets Show: Second year running back Kory Sheets is on pace to easily beat Mike Pringle's single season rushing record.
- Rey's Revenge: After being cut by Hamilton before the season and picked up by Saskatchewan, Riders LB Rey Williams has won the CFL defensive player of the week award twice in a row.
- Hammering Hamilton: Sask. is 10-3 against the Ti-Cats, dating back to 2007.
- Perfect Milo: The Riders placekicker, Chris Milo, is 9 for 9 on the season.