Facing facts

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Hanging a three-point loss on Sean Fleming isn't remotely fair.

But the 16-year Edmonton Eskimo kicker isn't hiding from the fact he missed two key field goals in the second half last night during a 20-17 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

"That should be made automatically," said Fleming on his miss from 41 yards in the fourth quarter.

At the time, Edmonton was trailing 20-17.

"The one there toward the end of the game (from 41 yards) - that is a situation you want to be in," he continued.

"My job is when we are stalling I got to put points on the board.

"Unfortunately, that one (from 41 yards) would have tied us and at least given us an opportunity to hopefully get into overtime.

"That is disappointing."

Fleming's other miss came in the third quarter from 45 yards.

"The 45-yarder I can accept. I hit it well," said Fleming, before adding a caveat.

"It is certainly a makeable field goal.

"That is within my range."

In likely his final year with the Green and Gold before retiring, Fleming is below his career average (73.7%) for field-goal success at less than 69% this season.

But the elder statesman of the locker-room believes there is still some confidence within a team that has lost five of its last six to drop four points below third-place Calgary.

"I believe that we are still positive," said Fleming.

"It is almost like it is disbelief that we are going through this right now.

"We are just waiting for that spark.

"We are in these games but there are plays here and there that we aren't making.

"And then we are doing things at inopportune times.

"That ends up costing us."

QUICK HIT: The Eskimos are now 1-2 wearing their third jersey in its short shelf life. After winning last year, the Esks lost in 2005 when they debuted the bright duds in the same Labour Day rematch game.

SHORT YARDAGE: Overshadowed in Edmonton's loss is the fact Kamau Peterson and Tyler Ebell put up impressive numbers.

Peterson had 117 yards receiving on six catches.

Ebell had 144 yards from scrimmage - with 109 through receiving and 35 rushing.

The rookie running back actually had a game-high 10 receptions, four more than anyone else on either team.

FINISH LINES: After a Labour Day record of 199 receiving yards on Monday, Calgary's Ryan Thelwell had just one catch for 29 yards last night ... The punt return game continues to be a miserable failure for Edmonton. Tony Tompkins averaged just four yards per return yesterday.


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