A Pivotal Factor – Who Has The Advantage at QB Going Into The Grey Cup?

A Pivotal Factor – Who Has The Advantage at QB Going Into The Grey Cup?
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It’s time for the 107th Grey Cup. No more talking. No more prognosticating. It’s time to settle it on the field. Does the QB situation for either team give them an advantage? 

As we have seen this season there has been constant turnover at this critical position. The Bombers and the Ti-Cats are no different as neither is ending the season with the signal caller they started it with.

Hamilton – Dane Evans

For Hamilton, Jeremiah Masoli was seen as a potential MOP candidate going into the year. However he was lost to a torn ACL in a 23-15 win over Winnipeg.

Dane Evans has stepped in and done a brilliant job of leading the Hamilton attack.

He has stepped up making 11 regular season starts going 298 of 413 passing for 3754 yards and 21 touchdowns. He will have to be careful with the ball against the ball-hawking Winnipeg D as he has thrown 13 picks.

Evans finished the season with a Ti-Cats single-season completion percentage record (72.2%). He has a bank of great receivers to throw to and the Hamilton passing game clicking or not will be a key factor in this game.

Winnipeg – Zach Collaros and Chris Streveler

Streveler and Collaros – the Winnipeg QB’s that can cause headaches in different ways. Image from bluebombers.com

Winnipeg started the season with the Blue Bombers team MOP from 2016 & 2017, Matt Nichols under centre. Having made a 7-2 start Winnipeg lost their QB to injury.

Chris Streveler stepped in and led the Winnipeg O. Unfortunately he was also hurt and it fell to Zach Collaros to lead the team.

Now both are fit, but the Bombers coach Mike O’Shea doesn’t see a quarterback controversy. Rather an opportunity.

Collaros is the starter, and Streveler the change of pace who can alter the response needed from Hamilton’s D.

Two Headed Monster

Collaros is a savvy veteran leader with pocket presence. He has thrown for 16,979 yards and 94 touchdowns in his CFL career.

The Blue Bombers however have a two pronged QB attack. That is because alongside the experience of the much travelled Collaros they have the record setting running ability of Chris Streveler.

A pocket QB and Streveler the leveler – a steamroller running QB. It’s a one two punch the Bombers D will have to prepare for.

Advantage to…?

So where does the advantage lie. We don’t know. We can’t know until the game starts to unfold how any of these men will react to it.

One thing that does stand out though. Evans may be leading the team as a second year player but he shows great game maturity.

So much so that he has been the most productive QB since early September. Add to that a receiving corps that features the hugely productive, and reliable Brando Banks and Bralon Addison and you have a recipe for success.

The Ti-Cats will need it to work too as the Bombers D is allowing just 64 yards per game on the ground, — the lowest total since the 1995 Calgary Stampeders.

Banner image from cfl.ca

One two punch

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