By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
Edmonton Eskimos @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
Sunday, October 19th – 4PM EST
Edmonton: 10-5, 1-game winning streak, 414 points for, 294 points against
Saskatchewan: 9-6, 3-game losing streak, 329 points for, 360 points against
Previous results: In week 14 Edmonton shut the Roughriders out 24-0.
The Eskimos have not been without stutters this season. Despite some shortcomings though, the Eskimos have continued to impress with a diverse portfolio of winning strategies. Edmonton has the potential to beat you through the air, on the ground, or even defensively. Dexter McCoil was one of the shining stars of week 16’s games as he contributed 4 tackles, 1 sack, and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. If the Edmonton front-7 on defence are as hungry this week, Saskatchewan may have more than they can chew to deal with. Mike Reilly and Adarius Bowman have had a special connection all season, but look out for some big plays heading in the direction of Fred Stamps. Stamps is due for a big game.
Saskatchewan, like Winnipeg are in need of a moral victory. Unlike Winnipeg though, their early success has hedged them in a position of strength with regards to the standings. The Saskatchewan defence will play well this week. I expect John Chick to earn a minimum of 2 sacks, and look for points coming directly off of the Saskatchewan defence. It is to be seen who will start at quarterback for Saskatchewan, but with targets like: Weston Dressler, Chris Getzlaf, and Rob Bagg, it is only a matter of time before big points are scored for the Green and White.
Both teams in this match-up have clinched playoff positions. Now, it is about establishing momentum heading into the post-season. For Edmonton, it is about reaffirming the team’s confidence in its preparation. For Saskatchewan, it is about shifting the negative momentum, and re-establishing themselves as the hard-nosed defensive squad that makes teams pay in the red-zone.
Saskatchewan holds on, but Edmonton still walks away with the win 25-21.