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Kerry Joseph passed for three touchdowns Saturday as the Edmonton Eskimos kept a possible playoff path through the CFL's West Division open with a 37-20 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
It was the second win in a row for the Eskimos on the heels of a five-game losing streak and improved their record to 7-8 to move one game back of the Roughriders (8-7) for third in the West.
Eskimos receiver Cary Koch says quarterback Kerry Joseph has settled the offense down.
“He’s been here before, he has a strong arm, and he knows the league in and out, theirs nothings that’s going to surprise the guy.”
Koch caught 6 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.
The Eskimos were also very good running the ball thanks to Hugh Charles. Charles says his team's offense is starting to click at the right time.
“I think we carried the momentum from last week and its starting to show, were not going anywhere, we are right in the hunt for a playoff spot.”
Saskatchewan, meanwhile, saw a three-game winning streak come to an end.
"No excuses, they had to bring out every trick play they had," said Riders defensive lineman Tea George. "They got us today, some of the stuff they had we weren't prepared for the other we were."
The Eskimos also limited running back Kory Sheets to 77 yards on 12 carries.
"They did a good job of stopping him," quarterback Darian Durant said. "They held him to one or two yards on first down and put us in a lot of second and long situations." "They had a great game plan, they executed and they got it done."
Edmonton now owns the season series between the two teams in the event of a tie.
Both teams are ahead of Hamilton for third in the East Division in the event of a playoff cross-over game. Next up for the Eskimos is Friday on the road in B.C. (bu,sj,rp,The Canadian Press)