Eskimos this week were short on preparation time but long on message. Head coach Jason Maas proclaimed earlier in the week that’s it’s time to “put up or shut up.” Thursday night on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium the Eskimos will try to end their three-game losing streak as they host the Montreal Alouettes. The Eskimos currently sit with a 2-4 record and in fourth place in the West Division.
Receiver Derel Walker says his team needs to start playing at the level they are capable of.
“We had a good week of practice, nice game plan in this week it’s just up to us and we’re going to come out and do it this week,” Walker said. “No more speaking just come out and play so we just got to put it up. Teams will believe how good we are when we show them. We just have to come out and let out actions speak.”
Last week the Eskimos dropped their third straight game losing 23-20 to the Ottawa REDBLACKS at TD Place. The Eskimos only touchdown came from middle linebacker J.C. Sherritt who intercepted a pass and rumbled 43 yards The to the end zone. Kicker Sean Whyte booted three field goals and is tied for the CFL lead in FG percentage at 90%. Quarterback Mike Reilly passed for 255 yards ending his streak of 300 yard passing games at eight games. More concerning was the number of hits Reilly took; the REDBLACKS were penalized four times for roughing the passer.
The Eskimos will get a lift to their offensive line as centre Justin Sorensen returns after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury. The return of Sorensen will shift Simeon Rottier from centre back to his usual spot at left guard. Receiver Devon Bailey and linebacker Adam Konar will see their first action of the season. Bailey suffered a concussion early in training camp while Konar dealt with an injury before the start of the season. Receivers Natey Adjei and Anthony Barrett move to the practice roster while offensive lineman Chris Greaves has been placed on the one-game injured list. The Eskimos have released running back Joe McKnight and linebacker Joshua Brinkworth.
Quarterback: Mike Reilly
Running back: John White (Fullback: Calvin McCarty)
Offensive Line: Tony Washington-Simeon Rottier-Justin Sorensen-Matt O’Donnell-D’Anthony Batiste
Receivers: Derel Walker-Adarius Bowman-Cory Watson-Chris Getzlaf-Nate Coehoorn
Defensive Line: Marcus Howard-Eddie Steele-Almondo Sewell-Odell Willis
Linebackers: Deon Lacey-J.C. Sherritt-Kenny Ladler
Defensive Backs: Pat Watkins-Marcell Young-Neil King-Cords Parks-Solomon Means
The Alouettes have an identical 2-4 record this season which sees them in last place in the East Division. The Alouettes lost 38-18 to the B.C. Lions a week ago at Molson Stadium. Quarterback Kevin Glenn was 18 of 27 for 231 yards passing and was sacked six times. The Alouettes have given up the second most sacks in the CFL with 20. Receiver Duron Carter caught seven passes for 115 yards giving him three straight 100 yard games. The Alouettes will dress a new kicker tonight in Anthony Fera as regular kicker Boris Bede has struggled this season with a 43.8% success rate after kicking 90% last season. Bede has been placed on the six-game injured list. The Alouettes will be without veteran halfback Billy Parker tonight who is out with a lower-body injury.
This is the first of two meetings between the Eskimos and Alouettes, the teams will meet again on Thanksgiving Day in Montreal.
You can hear Thursday’s game between the Eskimos and the Alouettes on 630 CHED starting with the pre-game show at 5:30pm. The kick-off on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium is 7pm with Morley Scott and Dave Campbell calling all of the live action, with analysis from former Eskimos offensive lineman and two-time Grey Cup Champion Blake Dermott, and Brenden Ullrich reporting from the Eskimos sidelines.