After having their three-game winning streak end last weekend against the Lions the Eskimos will try to avoid a losing streak on Friday when they visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Eskimos lost 32-25 to the B.C. Lions last Friday night which put an end to the team’s winning streak but head coach Jason Maas says one loss can derail what the Eskimos have built over the last month.
“We know we’re a good football team, we know we’re capable of beating anyone in this league on any given day. We have to play well for 60 minutes in order to that,” Maas said. “When you don’t do that you fall short of that objective, you leave yourself an opportunity to get beat. That’s more of our focus is focusing on ourselves for 60 minutes of good football and we have a better chance to win those games if we do that.”
The Eskimos are likely headed to the Eastern Crossover and they could very well be playing the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Eastern Semi-Final on November 13. Quarterback Mike Reilly says the focus will be more on securing a win instead of trying to show a potential playoff too much.
The Eskimos still have a small chance of claiming a playoff spot in the Western Division. If the Eskimos, Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers are tied with 10-8 records at the end of the season they have the tie-breakers necessary to capture second place.
Safety Neil Kings says a win on Friday would put some pressure back on their Western foes.
“The number one thing is the next game the next week,” King said. “We got to win this game, we go to go in and play our brand of football, be physical and let the chips fall where they may,”
Several players didn’t practice today. Receiver Adarius Bowman, linebacker J.C. Sherritt, defensive backs Pat Watkins and Brandyn Thompson, and offensive lineman Tony Washington. Receiver Nate Coehoorn left practice with what looked to be a right arm injury.
Kick-off Friday from Tim Horton’s Field at 5pm, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show at 3:30pm.