By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos
Monday, October 13th – 4:30PM EST
Winnipeg: 6-8, 5-game losing streak, 324 points for, 366 points against
Edmonton: 9-5, 1-game losing streak, 373 points for, 285 points against
Previous results: Week 4 Edmonton beat Winnipeg 26-3
Edmonton found themselves on the losing end of a very, very close game in Toronto last week. Even in defeat the Eskimos have walked away with many positives. Mike Reilly continues to exploit holes in defensive plans, as he offers a unique ability to tuck the ball and rush for 30-yards. Couple that with the league-leading Adarius Bowman as a target, and makes sense why the Eskimos continue to score even in losing games. Edmonton’s front-7 defenders have silenced many offences this season, none as apparent as in the last meeting between the Blue Bombers and the Eskimos. The Esks will force Willy to make quick decisions, and as good as he’s been, those decisions have also resulted in interceptions. Look for the Edmonton defence to come up with some points this week.
Winnipeg is currently holding the league’s longest losing-slide, and they need to right their ship if they want any opportunity to vie for the Grey Cup. Drew Willy, has continually put up good offensive statistics, but the one that looms is his offence’s rates of turnovers. Winnipeg needs to hold on to the ball and sustain drives against Edmonton to be successful. Nic Grigsby is due for a breakout game, and something tells me Marcel Bellefeuille knows it. On defence, penalties and lack of concentration continue to turn small leaks into big mistakes. Veterans of the defence need to take more responsibility and shut down Edmonton’s attack. The Bombers secondary needs to be vigilant, which will inevitably force Reilly out of the pocket. Against the Eskimos, the Bombers need to couple that strategy with good pocket containment. If executed, Winnipeg might well tally some sacks this week.
Edmonton looks to re-assert their dominance and separate themselves from Saskatchewan in the standings. Winnipeg is in danger of losing the post-season with another loss. Week 16 is a must-win for Winnipeg, both in terms of statistics, and in team morale.
Edmonton will controlling the bulk of the game, with a late comeback coming from Winnipeg. Edmonton takes the game 28-17.