Fresh off snapping a three-game losing streak last Friday night the Eskimos are preparing for their next challenge in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this Friday.
The Eskimos rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat the B.C. Lions 27-23 on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. The win pushed the Eskimos back into a playoff position via the Eastern crossover. The Eskimos are two points up on the Toronto Argonauts for third place in the Eastern Division.
Head coach Jason Maas says team weathered the three-game losing streak by staying focused.
“The leaders in the locker room and the leaders in the organization keep everything together when things aren’t going well,” Maas said. “I think that’s what you see in our locker room. You know we’re never going to get too low with a low, we’re just going to get back to work, No question it makes coming to work more enjoyable when you’re winning.”
The win over the Lions kept the Eskimos relevant in the Western Division playoff chase. The win over the Lions coupled with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers loss to the Calgary Stampeders means the Eskimos are just four points back of both teams. The Bombers had their seven-game win streak snapped but one streak they kept going is their high rate of taking the football away. The Bombers forced two more turnovers to run their takeaway total to 44. The next best team is the Stampeders with 32 takeaways.
Receiver Adarius Bowman says the Bombers come as advertised.
The Bombers have the best turnover ratio in the CFL at plus-25.
The Eskimos practiced Monday, defensive back Pat Watkins was a participant after leaving the game late against the Lions clutching his right side or lower back. Running back John White returned to the field for the first time since injuring his shoulder in the Labour Day Rematch game. Shakir Bell will remain as the number one running back after rushing for 108 yards on 23 carries. Also linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis practiced for the first time since tearing his bicep in Week 3 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He has two games left on his current stay on the six-game injured list.
Kick-off on Friday from Investors Group Field in Winnipeg is 6:30pm, you can catch live coverage of the game on CISN Country one-oh-three-point nine FM starting with the pre-game show at 5:30pm.
One roster note, the Eskimos released Reuben Frank who just finished a stint on the six-game injured list. Frank recorded six defensive tackles and one quarterback sack in seven games.