Five predictions for the Ticats’ season

After looking at the burning questions facing the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2018 season, let’s have some fun and make some predictions for the upcoming year.

1. Brandon Banks will lead the CFL in receiving: Banks averaged 95.9 yards a game when he was inserted into a full-time role on offense last year. While he is unlikely to maintain that pace over a full 18 games (a pace that would put him at 1,726 yards, a mark only two receivers over the last 10 years has reached), if he even dips slightly it is not out of the realm of possibilities for him to eclipse 1,500 yards on the season which would probably be enough for him to claim the receiving crown.

2. The Ticats will host a playoff game: Maybe this isn’t as bold as some predictions, but I think second spot comes down to a slugfest between Hamilton and Ottawa. The two teams meet three times in 2018, with two of them being played in Hamilton. In a division as tight as the East — hey, every team being bad still means they are grouped close together — having home field in a best of three will be what edges Hamilton over Ottawa.

3. Hamilton finishes above .500: Again, not a tremendously bold prediction, but you can count on one hand the amount of times the Ticats have finished the season with more wins than losses over the last 15 years. No, seriously, it’s only happened three times. They were 9-8-1 in 2004, 10-8 in 2013 and 10-8 in 2015. To contrast, the Calgary Stampeders have had the same amount of losing seasons (5-13 in 2003, 4-14 in 2004, 7-10-1 in 2007) during that span as the Ticats have had winning ones. So saying the Ticats will finish with a higher number in the win column than the loss column is actually a lot bolder than you would think.

4. At least one Ticats player will be nominated for a league award: Before the season begins there are a number of players on the Hamilton roster that could be in contention for end-of-season awards. If Brandon Banks does match that torrid pace he was on at the end of last year he will be an MOP candidate; top lineman is always a tough award to predict, but Brandon Revenberg has steadily improved each year and could finally get some recognition; Ted Laurent is always in the top Canadian discussion; Larry Dean was in the mix for top defensive player last year and should be again in 2018; and let’s not forget about Simoni Lawrence. He had a down year in 2017 and will look to bounce back in a big way in 2018. At least one of these guys, or one I haven’t mentioned, will be in Edmonton for the player awards in November. And speaking of November.

5. The Ticats will make the Grey Cup: I know, I know. Hardly surprising that the “Ticats guy” sees the Ticats making the title game, but hear me out on why. I think the team that ran off six wins in their final 10 games will be even better this year. You never see mid-season coaching changes work in football, and the Ticats switching from Kent Austin to June Jones completely changed this team. I think the small things that went wrong last year under Jones will be corrected this year and give the Ticats the push they need to make it back to the Grey Cup for the first time since 2014. Unfortunately, the season will end the same way it did in 2014, with the Ticats in the Grey Cup but losing, this time to Edmonton.

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Josh has been writing about the Ticats and the CFL since 2010 and was sporting his beard way before it was cool. Will be long after, too.
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61 Comments on Five predictions for the Ticats’ season

  1. Where's Shultz? // June 16, 2018 at 5:27 pm //

    I have confidence in our offensive side of the ball. Solid group of receivers and a good group of QBs. If the line can play well, we can put points on the board.

    Defense is the question mark. More than any individual player or position I’m concerned about Jerry Glanville’s scheme. Hopefully Steinauer has looked over everything he wants to do and made improvements.

  2. The name of 3D Nation might as well be changed to “All Ticats all the Time Nation”. I’m sick of it.
    There’s 8 other CFL teams but you’d never know it.
    I’m out…..

    • fannotacoach // June 16, 2018 at 6:02 pm //

      Hang around, there’ll be some Carter articles coming again soon!(LOL)
      I’m amazed actually only two on the riders today! I agree, need more articles from other teams contributors.

  3. Where's Shultz? // June 16, 2018 at 5:42 pm //

    It’s not 3down’s fault there isn’t enough coverage of teams like BC, Montreal, Edmonton, and Ottawa. If their were more people writing articles, I’m sure 3down would host them.

  4. Pennyrocker // June 16, 2018 at 6:02 pm //

    I like your wishful thinking. I find it very hard to see Banks at the top of the list for re ei era. Rogers Walker Carter Bowman and Arrsenau are prime.

    Not hard to make playoffs in the East. With JJ at coaching I should hope they do go 500. Also with all the hype Manziel got they better play good or was it all hot air.
    There are some good players on every team so chances are one of players will get notice.
    As far as the Grey Cup is concerned they have not legalized marijuana so far this year.

    • Garney26 // June 17, 2018 at 8:09 pm //

      Penny, Banks was over a 1000 yards last season playing as a starting receiver in basically 8 games. So seeing him top 1500 yards wouldn’t really be surprising. He has good hands and finds holes he also is very fast and gets a lot of YAC yards.

  5. Gettin’ Stoked // June 16, 2018 at 7:12 pm //

    Empty here at McMahon. Where are you Red? In your car?

  6. Glue Factory // June 16, 2018 at 7:49 pm //

    What is that thing hanging out from the back of Bobo’s Helmet? It looks like a tag of some kind?

    • MR. Green // June 16, 2018 at 8:10 pm //

      Bo likes his flair. I think it looks fabulous!
      Nice catch there, followed by a pick. Bo like those goal line area picks.

    • It’s part of his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume. He goes by Leotardo

  7. Bo likes to get his doo rag pulled according to most in the community

  8. Stamps look terrible

  9. Tremendous effort by mevi on the fumble. Sat there like somebody took his toys

  10. Glue Factory // June 16, 2018 at 8:27 pm //

    Stamps were the worst team in the red zone last year. It’s a fact. Even Montreal was better.

  11. Stamps with Red Zone issues again

  12. Ridersrule // June 16, 2018 at 8:36 pm //

    No pressure by Calgary at all mazoli has all day to throw , Hughes had 3 sacks last night with a 4 man rush . Nice pic by boo boo forcing the ball in . I can’t wait till boo boo faces the rider defence . Nice job by Dennis almost getting Mitchell killed , glad that turnstyle is back in Calgary . Calgary receiver makes once nice catch the rest of the time they are either dropping it or running the wrong routes . Mitchell is really missing mcdaniels

  13. If the Stamps lose this game = My fav CFL start to the CFL season in recent memory.

    • Levi Mitchell has not been good. Missed a wide open Kamar Jordan for an easy TD. Then missed the rookie RB who was at least 5yds behind the nearest defender. Ridiculous decision to toss up a wobbling duck in the red zone that was an easy pick. Did this guy not learn anything from last year’s Grey Cup choke job?

      #31 for Calgary has been catastrophically bad. Torched for a 76yd pass then totally screwing up his contain responsibility on the Masoli TD run.

      The Stamps rookie RB is not great in pass protection. His lazy attempt at a “block” on the first Hamilton sack – – throwing a shoulder weakly into the pass rusher – – was embarrassing. Mitchell is going to spend a lot of time on his wallet with this kid in the backfield.

      Really like the NI Adeleke’s game. He’s already light years better than Tay Loffler.

  14. Who’s that white boy foolin with his tats haha

  15. Ridersrule // June 16, 2018 at 8:50 pm //

    Singleton can’t make a tackle they takes a big mouth penalty set up a easy field goal

  16. Empty at McDump tnite I heard season tix are down 30 percent. No surprise. Alberta has no economy anymore

  17. Glen Suitor continues to humiliate himself with his misinformed babble.

    Masoli’s arm is laughable weak – – he’s badly underthrown a receiver who had s step on Adelke. Then a horrible wobbling rainbow that should have been picked but bounced off the Stamp DBs chest.

  18. The long-hair who’s “coaching” Calgary’s ST needs to tell the return man not to field punts inside the 2yd line.

    Calgary looks absolutely terrible in all three aspects of the game.

  19. Jokey Glanville’s defence can’t stop a nosebleed.

    DBs are playing way too far off the receivers and the run defence is non-existent.

    • Ridersrule // June 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm //

      You do realize this lousy defence had allowed 8 measly points .

      • That’s why you have to watch the game, my friend.

        Having only eight points is because of Mitchell missing open receivers, hitting uprights and making asinine decisions in the red zone.

        Very little to do with the TiCats feeble defence.

  20. Glue Factory // June 16, 2018 at 9:04 pm //

    Bad decisions by this returner

  21. Nonsensical challenge by Hune Jones.

    ZERO chance at getting that PI call overturned.

  22. Marken Michele could not have been more wide open in the end zone – – and Mitchell misses ANOTHER easy TD.

  23. Don Unamba couldn’t cover a sleeping baby when he was in Regina and he’s just as useless as ever in Hamilton.

    Calgary needs to target Unamba every time he’s in coverage one-on-one.

    • No. Unamba needs to deliver a forearm shiver to Daniels’ chops and remind him of gamesmanship…and that “dives” like that won’t be tolerated.

  24. When will Hamilton end the Whitlock experiment ?

    • Classic example of a hardheaded coach insisting that he can pound a square peg into a round hole.

      That handoff to Fatty Whitlock in the 1stQ in 2nd-and-5 was comical. Even worse than the screen pass they threw to him.

  25. SIX (6) times in the red zone and Calgary finally has their first TD.

  26. Evil Empire // June 16, 2018 at 9:28 pm //

    If the Tabbies had done ANYTHING in the last 20 mins since halftime. They could have stolen this game. It’s not over yet, but momentum is on Cgy’s side now. And it felt like it was just a matter of time.

  27. Calgary has been in a complete daze for the entire game. Worst offender has been Levi Mitchell who’s been terrible.

    TiCats are not a very good football team. This one should not be even remotely close.

    • Agree…should not be remotely close…TC’s should have had at least a 3 TD lead going into the 4th…oh well, Sept. 14th is nearing…

  28. bigplay // June 16, 2018 at 9:33 pm //

    Could not agree more with Yup the Whitlock experiment is dumb and they could use him on defence!

  29. Smart challenge by Dick Dickenson – – might as well use it on a close play at this point in the game.

    Too bad Trestman wasn’t this smart last night.

    • Just you just use Dickenson and Challenge in the same sentence ? Who woulda thunk it !!

  30. MAN-ZIEL MAN-ZIEL MAN-ZIEL

  31. Squeaky Banks let’s an easy catch bounce off his chest.

    Ridiculous to suggest this whiny little prima donna was going to lead the league in receiving yards.

  32. There he is!

    That’s the Jer Masoli we all know – – asinine decision and a pathetically weak throw leading to a crushing INT.

    As I’ve explained numerous times, Masoli is complete garbage.

  33. bigplay // June 16, 2018 at 9:54 pm //

    Love Cat Fans they will be celebrating, well it was close or we only lost by one score ,it is so funny listening to them they just love the Sad Sack Cats.

  34. Either way, Stamps dont look very threatening.

  35. Evil Empire // June 16, 2018 at 10:03 pm //

    Bad challenge by Jones leaving him without one when he may have got the call on the long pass to Saunders. And a horrible decision by Masoli on first down. And a non-existent offence in the second half. Wasted opportunity to open with a win on the road.

    Congrats to the Stamps.

  36. Peter North // June 16, 2018 at 10:11 pm //

    Prediction: Masoli will continue to make poor decisions at key points in football games costing the Cats dearly.

  37. Don’t believe anything this Josh Clown has to say. He is clueless.

  38. When did an article about ticat predictions end up about the stamps. A few trolls take over every conversation on 3dn, get out of your parents basement, get jobs and find something useful to do with your lives like pushing baby birds out of nests, that’s an improvement.

  39. Bill deHoog // June 18, 2018 at 7:54 am //

    To comment on Josh’s prediction…I think 2 of them might be accurate…over 500 and 1 player nominated for an award.
    Don’t see the other ones playing out
    They should have a competitive year, but I have them in third behind Toronto and Ottawa

  40. Ray Jay Johnson II // June 18, 2018 at 10:49 am //

    On all those your dreaming Hamilton won’t make the playoffs
    They won’t be above 500
    In fact June and jerry will be fired by week 8
    They be 1-7 by WK 8
    Orlando Steiner will become the head coach by WK 9
    Butler will be the the DC

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