The Edmonton Eskimos appeared to be masters of their own demise in a 26-22 loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Thursday night at Commonwealth Stadium.
A botched fake punt call left Calgary enjoying a touchdown after taking over the ball on the 16-yard line, followed by a couple of dropped interceptions in Calgary’s end which could have been game savers.
Edmonton Eskimos head coach Chris Jones says you have to understand they’re “going out there to try to win the game on every play.”
“We were sporadic,” said Jones after the game. “If you look on all three phases, we didn’t complete some plays. We had plenty of opportunities there in the second half where we got hands on footballs, whether it be offensive or defensive, and we just failed to make those plays. And, again, they’re a good football team; you’ve got to give them credit. They came into our place and they did the things necessary to win the football game.”
Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly says you can’t win them all.
“Things aren’t always going to go your way, but you’ve got to use this to fire you up a little bit. That’s the best team in the league, according to records right now, and we were with them till the end. And like I said, we feel like we should have won that football game had we executed correctly. The reality is we’ve got to get a lot better.”
Something wide receiver Shamawd Chambers agrees with.
“Calgary’s an extremely good team and they’re well coached and you can’t take anything away from them, but I can’t stress enough that we gave away that game.”
Rene Paredes kicked four field goals as the Calgary Stampeders became the sole remaining undefeated team in the Canadian Football League at 4-0.
Stampeders head coach John Huffnagel says it was a hard fought victory, adding they did “just barely enough offensively.”
The Eskimos will now have an extended break from play as they head into their first bye week of the season.
Next up, the Alouettes in Montreal on August 8. (td)