Esks get ready for green wave

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos don't have time to savour their triumph over the Toronto Argonauts.

There's a green wave headed towards Commonwealth Stadium which needs to be stopped.

On Saturday, the Eskimos (9-6) play host to the Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-7) in a key CFL West Division matchup.

And with second place in the division up for grabs, the Eskimos only have two full practice days to prepare for the 'Riders.

"Would I like a regular work week? Absolutely," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "But we've got the Saskatchewan Roughriders coming to town which is usually a pretty good draw here and there's a rivalry there.

"And at this stage in the season, we are playing for something, so I'm sure the juices are going to be flowing come Saturday, even on a short week."

The last time the Eskimos played two games in one week, the team did not fare well. After beating the Calgary Stampeders on Labour Day, the Eskimos returned home and lost to their Alberta rivals four days later.

This time the situation is slightly different. The Eskimos are facing a 'Riders team which they have already lost to this year and which had two extra days to prepare. Regardless, the Eskimos plan on having a surprise or two in store for the Roughriders.

"You're constantly tweaking stuff," Maciocia said. "You're always trying to do something that the other teams haven't seen. You can do it through formation and you can do it through certain types of runs or routes. But for the most part, you need to always try and stay ahead of your opponents."

Getting up psychologically should not be a problem either.

"Coming off a big win it's easier to play sooner than later," said Eskimos linebacker A.J. Gass. "You still have the momentum, you still have the feeling. The only down part is that injuries, knicks, bumps and bruises don't get a full week to heal. But when the stakes are this high, you muscle through every game."

In a short week, it's all football all the time. "The good thing is that we've played them already and we basically know what to expect," said Gass.

"I think what we have to do is evaluate the game we played against them, and their last couple of games, see what their tendencies are and show up to play."


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