CFL Preview - Calgary (7-2) at Edmonton (1-8)
From The Sports Network
By Gregg Xenakes, CFL Editor
DATE & TIME: Friday, September 6, 9:00 p.m. (et).
GAME NOTES: The struggling Edmonton Eskimos will again shoot for not only
their first win against a division opponent this season, but also their first
home victory of 2013, as they entertain the Calgary Stampeders at Commonwealth
Stadium on Friday night.
Edmonton, which has won only one game this season, placing it a distant fourth
place in the West Division standings, has played some close games in recent
weeks, but close doesn't count in the CFL, or anywhere else for that matter.
The Eskimos put together a late charge against Calgary on Monday, posting 27
points in the final quarter, but still the team suffered the 37-34 setback.
During the first two games of this current seven-game slide, Edmonton lost by
double digits to British Columbia in consecutive weeks, but since then the
Esks have made things very interesting to say the least. In fact, the team has
bowed by no more than five points in any one game and has lost by a combined
15 points in the last five outings.
After falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter and 37-7 early in the fourth,
Mike Reilly brought the Eskimos back with four touchdown passes in a span of
about five minutes, each major going to a different receiver. Reilly finished
the meeting just 16-of-35 for 246 yards and two interceptions, not to mention
being sacked six times.
Reilly also accounted for a team-best 58 yards rushing on seven attempts,
while backup quarterback Kerry Joseph scored the first points of the game for
Edmonton in the second quarter on a two-yard TD run.
While Reilly and the Esks were frantically trying to put together an epic
comeback, Calgary was capturing a second straight win and the sixth in the
last seven outings in order to settle into second place in the division
standings, just two points off the pace set by Saskatchewan.
Kevin Glenn started at quarterback for the Stamps, hitting all but three of
his 11 pass attempts for 108 yards and a score, but he left the game against
Edmonton midway through the second quarter after being stepped on by one of
his own offensive linemen. Glenn did not return to action, leaving Bo Levi
Mitchell to assume control of the offense.
Mitchell stepped in and converted 11-of-18 passes for 226 yards and two
touchdowns, adding another score on the ground on one of his four rushing
Maurice Price, who caught what proved to be the decisive score in the fourth
quarter, a 66-yard TD pass play, finished the meeting with five receptions for
165 yards and three majors for the hosts.
Giving Calgary a lift on the defensive side of the ball was Fred Bennett who
registered a pair of interceptions for a team that entered the ninth game of
the season as the second-best club in the CFL in terms of turnover margin,
with a plus-13.
Reilly, who now has 10 picks thrown on the season, is one of the league
leaders in terms of passing yards with 2,277, completing 60.4 percent of his
attempts, but still he needs to be consistent for a full 60 minutes in order
to keep Edmonton from falling into the loss column yet again.
Unfortunately for Reilly and the Esks, going up against one of the toughest
pass defenses in the CFL, the Stamps having given up just 245.1 ypg through
the air over the course of eight games, is not necessarily a good sign for the
home team this time around.
With the victory on Monday, Calgary has now taken six straight meetings with
the Eskimos and 12 of the last 14 regular-season matchups as well. However,
dating back to 1949, it is Edmonton that owns a 123-87-3 advantage in the all-
Seeking to sweep the home-and-home series for a second straight year and for
the fourth time in the last five seasons, Calgary might not have that easy of
a time based on the status of Glenn. If Reilly can put together four solid
quarters of football, instead of waiting until the last possible moment to
claim the spotlight, Edmonton could be looking at a favorable outcome for a
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Edmonton 27, Calgary 23
09/04 11:14:54 ET
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