The Eskimos last played on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium on September 23. Move ahead 43 days last and the Eskimos return home to play the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday in the regular season finale.
The Eskimos will finish in third place in the Eastern Division as a result of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers win over the Ottawa REDBLACKS on Friday night. The Eskimos will visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cat next on November 13 in the Eastern Semi-Final.
The Eskimos won their fourth game in their last five last week with a 29-26 win over the Tiger-Cats at Tim Horton’s Field. The Eskimos erased an early 10-0 deficit and built a 29-11 lead in the fourth quarter until the Tiger-Cats scored the final 15 points of the game falling short in their comeback.
Quarterback Mike Reilly was 18 of 31 for 236 yards passing and throwing for two touchdown passes. Running back John White rushed 15 times for 132 yards. Both Reilly and White were named Shaw CFL Top Performers on the Week for October. Reilly leads the CFL passing yards (5,554) and has thrown 28 touchdown passes to 13 interceptions. Reilly named the Eskimos nominee for Most Outstanding Player. Kicker Sean Whyte was named the nominee for Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Special Team Player. He kicked successfully on all three of his field goal attempts last week and leads the CFL in field goal accuracy at 93.5%.
Mike Reilly is expected to start; he sits 110 yards away from the Eskimos record for passing yards in a season which is held by Ricky Ray (5,664). Also expect James Franklin to see playing time along with Jordan Lynch. Receiver Adarius Bowman is 52 yards away from setting a new club record for receiving yards in a season held by Brian Kelly (1,812).
The Eskimos will make several changes to their roster for the game. Not playing in the game will be linebackers J.C. Sherritt and Kenny Ladler, defensive backs Pat Watkins, Marcell Young, and Brandyn Thompson, defensive end Marcus Howard, fullbacks Mike Miller and Aaron Milton, and offensive linemen Tony Washington and Matt O’Donnell. Also receivers Nate Coehoorn and Cory Watson will remain out. Defensive end Jason Vega returns from the six-game injured list to start on the defensive line.
Quarterback: Mike Reilly
Running back: Shakir Bell (Fullback: Alex Ogbongbemiga)
Offensive Line: Joel Figueroa-Simeon Rottier-Justin Sorensen-Chris Greaves-D’Anthony Batiste
Receivers: Bryant Mitchell-Brandon Zylstra-Natey Adjei-Chris Getzlaf-Devon Bailey
Defensive Line: Philip Hunt-Almondo Sewell-Jason Vega-Odell Willis
Linebackers: Deon Lacey-Alex Hoffman-Ellis-Demetrius Wright
Defensive Backs: Garry Peters-Tyler Thornton-Neil King-Cords Parks-Cauchy Muamba
The Argos will miss the playoffs for the second straight season as they sit last in the CFL East with a 5-12 record. It’s the lowest finish under head coach Scott Milanovich. Quarterback Ricky Ray returned to the lineup off the 6-game injured list in a 31-13 loss to the Calgary Stampeders back on October 21. Ray recorded 311 yards passing and threw one touchdown pass and two interceptions. He will start in his 200th CFL game on the field where he made his first CFL start. Ray has missed over 40 percent of games with the Argos over the last five seasons because of injury which has lead to plenty of speculation about his future following this season
You can hear Saturday’s game between the Eskimos and Argonauts on 630 CHED starting with the pre-game show at 12:30pm. The kick-off from The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium is 2pm 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.