After two straight losses to their provincial rivals the Calgary Stampeders the Eskimos sit with a 5-6 record and currently are out of the CFL playoff picture. The Eskimos returned to work Wednesday to begin preparing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday in Regina.
The Eskimos fell 34-28 to the Calgary Stampeders in overtime last Saturday and quarterback Mike Reilly says the loss took some time to get over.
The Eskimos are four points back of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the third and final playoff spot in the Western Division. The Eskimos are tied for third place in the Eastern Division with the Toronto Argonauts. The Eskimos need to finish with more points than the Argos at season’s end to claim the crossover spot in the East.
Head coach Jason Maas says his team isn’t feeling desperate.
“I’m not worried about the desperation of anybody, it doesn’t even come into question,” We’re focused on getting better and we understand that we have to be better to win. We’re more focused on ourselves and the details than we are about desperation about needing to win. When you take care of all the little things you should win and we haven’t been doing that as of late.”
The Eskimos held a 17-3 lead on the Stampeders at half-time only to be outscored 31-11 the rest of the game. Maas was asked about his team’s struggle with holding leads against their opponents.
The newest Eskimo practiced with the team in receiver and kick returner Troy Stoudermire who was signed yesterday. Stoudermire was recently cut by the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and says he grateful the Eskimos came calling.
Running back John White and defensive back Pat Watkins didn’t practice Wednesday. White suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter of the Eskimos loss to the Stampeders. Shakir Bell took first team reps. Head coach Jason Maas wouldn’t declare who is starting running back will be on Sunday. It’s not known yet if Watkins is dealing with something serious or was just taking a maintenance day.
Kick-off on Sunday in Regina is 2:30pm, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show at 1pm.
In other news the CFL has fined Eskimos defensive back Cauchy Muamba for a dangerous tackle in last Saturday’s game on Stampeders receiver Bakari Grant.