Favourite position for 'Gades

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

Sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield.

The Renegades have often been the smear on their opponents' glass, but this week will be different.

The Renegades are coming off a 21-16 victory over the Saskatchwan Roughriders to move to 3-3 and will be the favourites when they face the 0-5 Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Steeltown on Saturday night (7 p.m., no TV).

The Renegades were favoured in Week 4 against the Calgary Stampeders and won at home.

"It's just business as usual," said Renegades coach and general manager Joe Paopao, who gave his team the day off yesterday.

"If (the players) like this feeling they should continue to work hard to sustain it.

"They've watched the (Ticats) games on TV. The law of averages is going to work out for these guys one of these games."

The Renegades will be hoping to let somebody else worry about that law of averages next week.

It wouldn't hurt if the Ottawa offence would find a way to have a better first half.

The defence has been carrying the Renegades this season and it wasn't any different in the win over the Roughriders.

The Renegades managed just two first downs in the first half, but the defence kept them within striking distance.

The defence expanded the Renegades' lead in the second half when defensive lineman Anthony Collier had Riders QB Nealon Greene put a shovel pass right in his hands.

Collier lateralled to Kyries Hebert and he covered the final 22-yards to the end zone.

New defensive coaches Greg Marshall and Richard Harris have helped vastly improve the defence, which was ranked last in the league last season in most categories.

"If you know Richard and Greg, they are anal kind of guys," said Paopao. "They are not going to let the things they've earned slip away."

The offence, meanwhile, needs some consistency to take some of the heat off the defence.

"We've got to get the offence going. We need a way to get some of those eight- or 10-play drives," said Paopao.

"They're tough to have. The average is a 2-6 play drive. You might have a couple of seven- or eight-plus if you're having a good night.

"I don't want us to panic and change everything (on offence)."

The 3-3 record allows the Renegades the luxury of patience for now.


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