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KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats tonight at Canad Inns Stadium in Week 17 CFL action. Here's the lowdown:

THE BOMBERS WILL WIN IF ...

- SB Milt Stegall puts on another show. Last week against the Lions he had his first 100-yard receiving game of the season, and if it weren't for the dismal defence, he would have been the star of a big Winnipeg win.

- RB Charles Roberts racks up at least 100 rushing yards. Enough said.

- the defence, coming off a two-game vacation, shows up. The Blue and Gold's defensive dozen had been cooking prior to running into Montreal and B.C. Statistically, the Hamilton offence is almost as good as the Als and the Leos, so the task will be tough.

THE TIGER-CATS WILL WIN IF ...

- QB Danny McManus has a field day with the Bombers' struggling secondary. He threw for 525 yards against Winnipeg in June, and the Bombers' "new and improved" defensive backfield has allowed 942 passing yards in its past two games.

- their defensive line, featuring behemoths Joe Montford, Tim Cheatwood, Johnny Scott and Adriano Belli, eats up the Winnipeg O-line, stops Charles Roberts and lays a lickin' on a tender Kevin Glenn.

- K Jamie Boreham has erased the demons. The former U of M safety-kicker missed three easy field goals last week but nailed the difficult one as time ran out to beat the Eskimos. If Boreham struggles, there's a good chance the Ticats will as well.

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

Winnipeg S Wes Lysack, No. 31

The Winnipeg native will make his debut in Blue and Gold tonight against Hamilton quarterback Danny McManus, who shredded the Bombers secondary for 525 passing yards in Week 2. Welcome home, Wes.

REMEMBER WHEN ...

The Bombers and Ticats played at the Stadium last Thanksgiving weekend and produced a turkey? Bombers running back Charles Roberts had 118 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown in Winnipeg's ugly 14-9 victory, during which WR Robert Gordon and QB Khari Jones both got hurt.

JUST SO YOU KNOW ...

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Location: Canad Inns Stadium.

TV/Radio: TSN (local blackout in effect)/CJOB.

Forecast: Sunny with a daytime high of 16 C, northwest wind 25 km-h.

Line: Winnipeg -5.

All-time series: Winnipeg leads 43-36.

Last meeting: Hamilton won 32-22 at Ivor Wynne Stadium on June 25, 2004.

Quirky fact: The Tiger-Cats have lost seven straight games at Canad Inns Stadium, including the 2001 East Division Final. Their last triumph in the 'Peg was a 43-16 thrashing of the Bombers on Oct. 10, 1999.

Ex-Bomber Tiger-Cats: Assistant coach Paul LaPolice, QB Danny McManus, FB Kojo Aidoo.

Ex-Tiger-Cat Bombers: offensive co-ordinator Ron Lancaster Jr., secondary coach Less Browne, LB Lamar McGriggs, CB Eric Carter, DB Stephen Fisher.

THE FINAL SAY...

"Knowing we're going to have a paycheque after the game has been great."

-- Ticats C Carl Coulter, discussing the differences between playing in Hamilton this season and playing there last season.


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