Back-to-back games are a rarity in football, other than Labour Day, but the Edmonton Eskimos are hoping to seize this chance to face the Toronto Argonauts Friday night, so quickly after a 20-17 loss last week.
“It’s an opponent that we’re pretty comfortable with now because we just got done playing against them, and the same could be said about how they feel about us,” Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly said.
“It feels good that we get another opportunity to play against them and try to play better football, but obviously we’re clearly aware that if we don’t play good football we’re not going to beat them.”
The Eskimos fell behind 12-0 to the Argos last week only running one offensive play and turning the ball over on a fumble in the first quarter. The Argos ran 12 offensive plays, scoring two quick touchdowns to open the game.
Despite gaining 426 yards of offence, including 370 passing yards and taking advantage of the time of possession (32:28), the Eskimos had difficulty taking the game over.
In the fourth quarter where the Eskimos usually excel, the team could only generate 30 yards of offence on three drives which included a pair of two-and-outs. In the final five minutes of the fourth, the Argos ran 19 offensive plays to the Eskimos two, gained 120 yards of offence and scored the final eight points of the game.
LISTEN BELOW: Head coach Jason Maas looks back on a bad finish by his team in a loss to the Argos last Saturday.
The Eskimos will make two changes to their 46-man roster for Friday night’s game. Fullback and 2018 fourth round draft pick Tanner Green moves from the practice roster to the active roster. Defensive lineman Nick Usher moves from the practice roster to the 46-man roster. Coming off the roster are defensive back and 2018 second round pick Godfrey Onyeka who has been placed on the one-game injured list. Defensive lineman Rakim Cox has been placed on the practice roster.
The following is the projected offensive and defensive starters for the Eskimos:
Quarterback: Mike Reilly
Running Back: C.J. Gable (Fullback: Calvin McCarty)
Offensive Line: Matt O’Donnell-Travis Bond-Justin Sorensen-David Beard-Colin Kelly
Receivers: Derel Walker-Duke Williams-Natey Adjei-Nate Behar-Kenny Stafford
Defensive Line: Kwaku Boateng-Almondo Sewell-Jake Ceresna-Alex Bazzie
Linebackers: Christophe Mulumba-Tshimanga-J.C. Sherritt-Chris Edwards
Defensive Backs: Maurice McKnight-Aaron Grymes-Neil King-Money Hunter-Nick Taylor
Live coverage of Friday’s game between the Eskimos and Argos on 630 CHED starts with Countdown to Kick-off at 5:30 p.m. The opening kick-off on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium is at 7 p.m. with Morley Scott and Dave Campbell calling all of the live action. Plus, hear analysis from former Eskimos offensive lineman and two-time Grey Cup champion Blake Dermott and Brendan Ullrich will be reporting from the Eskimos sidelines.
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