CFL Preview - Edmonton (1-7) at Calgary (6-2)
From The Sports Network
By Gregg Xenakes, CFL Editor
DATE & TIME: Monday, September 2, 5:00 p.m. (et).
GAME NOTES: The Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders get familiar with each
other as they play the first of two games, in a span of just four days, on
Monday afternoon at McMahon Stadium.
These two West Division programs, which will again meet up on Friday in
Edmonton, couldn't be more different after eight games here in 2013. The
Stampeders have dropped just two decisions, putting them in second place in
the standings behind Saskatchewan, while the Eskimos are suffering from a six-
game slide since their first and only win of the campaign versus Hamilton back
in early July.
However, Edmonton did show some signs of life last Saturday at Commonwealth
Stadium when it went down to the wire versus the Roughriders in what became a
30-27 setback at home. The outcome spoiled the efforts of quarterback Mike
Reilly who converted 19-of-29 pass attempts for 303 yards and three
touchdowns, although he was sacked three times and tossed a couple of
interceptions along the way.
Reilly also generated a team-best 76 yards on the ground as he carried the
ball eight times.
Receiver Fred Stamps had a strong game as well for the Esks, reeling in eight
ball for 111 yards and two scores.
While Edmonton was suffering yet another defeat, dropping it even further
behind in the standings, the Riders remained close to the top of the division
with a 35-14 romp over Toronto on the road in Week 9 action. The victory also
served to snap what had been a six-game losing streak for Calgary at Rogers
Quarterback Kevin Glenn hit on 14-of-20 passes for 228 yards and two
touchdowns for the visitors, while backup signal-caller Bo Levi Mitchell
completed four of his six pass attempts and also ran for a score in the
lopsided decision that saw Toronto QB Ricky Ray exit with an injury.
Marquay McDaniel caught seven passes for 106 yards and a score, while the
other notable performance involved kicker Rene Paredes who made three of his
four field goal attempts, which means his CFL record of consecutive field goal
conversions was snapped at 39 in a row. Nevertheless, before the run could end
for Paredes, he also passed former NFL kicker Gary Anderson for pro football's
all-time consecutive field goals mark in the regular season and playoffs
combined with a staggering 47 straight.
The impressive win for Calgary took place without several key defensive
players who were suffering from injury, as well as receiver Nik Lewis who
suffered a broken leg and ankle tendon damage against British Columbia in the
middle of the month.
With Lewis unavailable, the next best option to move the ball further down the
field is now McDaniel who has reeled in 36 passes for 419 yards and three
touchdowns on the season.
Also out of action last week for Calgary was star running back Jon Cornish who
was dealing with a thigh bruise. The CFL's Canadian player of the month for
June/July, Cornish is second in the league in rushing with 749 yards, leading
to eight touchdowns, while averaging a shade under seven yards per carry. His
return to the lineup this week would certainly take some of the pressure off
Glenn and the passing attack for Calgary.
On the subject of passing the ball, Reilly is actually second in the league in
total passing yardage with 2,031 for Edmonton, resulting in 12 touchdowns, but
it is his eight interceptions that take away from his overall performance. As
a whole, the Eskimos are averaging only 23.5 ppg, second-fewest in the league,
while Calgary is at the other end of the chart with 32.6 ppg, just fractions
of a point behind Saskatchewan.
For a team that is just 1-7 at the moment, there are very few positives that
can be taken away from the performance of the Esks, but one bright spot
involves their ability to hold onto the football as they lead the CFL in
fewest lost fumbles with three. Unfortunately, Edmonton is still minus-four in
the turnover department, compared to Calgary which has a plus-13 thanks to a
league-high 22 takeaways.
While Edmonton may own a 123-86-3 advantage in the all-time series between the
clubs, taking into consideration only regular-season matchups dating back to
1949, the Eskimos have been landing in the loss column quite a bit against
Calgary of late. The Stamps won the most recent meeting in November by a score
of 30-27, giving them five straight victories and 11 and in the last 13 versus
The teams will play each other later this week in Edmonton, and then at the
same site on Oct. 18 as well.
While anything is possible these days in the CFL, expecting to see the Eskimos
take down a superior division rival, on the road no less, would be a minor
miracle right now with the Stamps continuing to chase Saskatchewan in the
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Calgary 33, Edmonton 21
08/28 12:06:18 ET
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