Esks Game Day #14

While many are still taking a cautious approach to the Esks winning ways, it should be noted that since August 28th the team is a perfect 3-0 when facing teams that were not leading their respective divisions. Why is that important you ask? Simply put, it demonstrates that although far from being an elite team in the CFL, the Esks have figured out how to be not only competitive, but also how to win games against teams that they will ultimately compete with down the stretch when it comes to making the playoffs. Don’t think that the Esks might not be competing with Hamilton for the playoffs as a win this weekend would put them just two points back of struggling Tiger-Cats team and with BC starting to roll, the possibility of a Western Division team crossing over to the East becomes very real. Both the TIger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts will need to fight for their playoff lives in the coming weeks, and a Western team could take advantage of a mistake here or there.

Turnovers

When it comes to interceptions and fumbles recovered, the Esks are +10 in their four wins this season. Ball security will once again be a huge focal point this evening as both teams allowed the opposing defenses to score last week. If the Esks want to win, protecting the ball is going to be a must.

Switching the Pass Rusher

Looks like Kenny Pettway is a scratch for the game with a hand injury, but Kai Ellis will be playing in his place. Not a bad substitute. Pettway, however, has been the best defensive end this season at getting to the opposing quarterback.

Friday’s game also marks the return of Kamau Peterson to the lineup. It will be interesting to see how he looks after being out pretty much the entire season.

If the Esks win? When the Esks Win!

A certain local media personality has worked it out, and the Esks will make the playoffs. Assuming we go by what he says, and it will either be the Argos or the Lions that the Esks beat out of a spot, this is essentially what would need to happen.

Esks – (8 points)

@ Hamilton – Win (10 points)

@BC – Win (12 points)

vs. Saskatchewan – Win (14 points)

vs. Winnipeg – Win (16 points)

@ Saskatchewan – Lose (16 points)

Lions – (10 points)

@ Winnipeg  – Win (12 points)

vs. Edmonton – Lose (12 points)

@ Calgary – Lose (12 points)

vs. Saskatchewan – Win (14 points)

@ Hamilton – Win (16 points)

Argos – (12 points)

@ Saskatchewan – Lose (12 points)

vs. Hamilton – Win (14 points)

@ Winnipeg – Win (16 points)

vs. Montreal – Lose (16 points)

@ Montreal – Lose (16 points)

Giving the Esks four straight wins may be a little generous, but they actually could very well pull it off, and there is no guarantee that Toronto will even win two of their last five games. The Argos should not win in Saskatchewan and as long as Anthony Calvillo is playing, Montreal should be able to win their last two games. Winnipeg seems to be going nowhere despite the efforts of Fred Reid, but Hamilton could very well win their game in Toronto which could very well be the points that send the Esks to the playoffs. In any case, keeping on eye on the schedules of these three teams should be very intriguing in the coming weeks.

Details

Friday, October 8 @ 5:30 PM MST @ Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton

Weather Forecast: +16. Mainly clear.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by DonDon on October 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I have been a long time Eskimo fan. Like Day #1, which puts me in my ’70s, but still an ever lovin’ Esk fan. This is the first time I have visited this blog. Didn’t even know it existed. Disappointed no coverage of last game, a big loss to Hamilton on the road.

    What an I expect here? Will it be politically correct and according to the football club brass? Or free ranging and somewhat independent of thought and expression? I have been following oilersnation.com for about two years and it has been great. Up-to-date columns on a regular basis. Great content. Truthful and critical analysis. Unbelievable stats. So good I check it daily. Lots of comments from hockey fans.

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  2. @ DonDon

    Thanks for visiting. Unlike OilersNation.com, EsksNation.ca is a one man show for the moment. Some weeks I write more than others, with content output usually depending on how busy I am with work, volunteer activities, and family. Won’t lie, it’s been a little busy the past couple of weeks, but things should be easing up a little shortly. As far as content, it’s pretty much whatever I observe. I might be right or wrong, but I call it as I see it.

    As for the loss to Hamilton, I’ll be posting some thoughts in the next day or so. Thanks for stopping by.

    GW

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