Blue bummer!

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Bang. Bang. Bang.

That's the sound of the Edmonton Eskimos repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot - and it's becoming an incredibly common occurrence in this young CFL season.

At this rate, amputations will soon be needed for several Green and Gold players.

And at this clip, the Esks could be buried in the West Division basement by the end of the month.

Like usual, Edmonton put on a clinic last night on how to give away momentum and commit costly mistakes with remarkable regularity.

BOMBERS MADE THEM PAY

And the Winnipeg Blue Bombers made the Eskimos pay for almost every miscue, crushing the defending Grey Cup champions 46-10.

It's the most lopsided regular-season loss in seven years for the Esks.

"It's downright embarrassing. We have to remove our heads from up our ($#@*) asses," said head coach Danny Maciocia, who firmly believes his team simple gave away any hope of winning.

"It's sheer stupidity at its best. It's un-Eskimo like."

Costly turnovers. No short-yardage game. Blown tackles.

It's a glaring list of problems for this Eskimo crew, but the biggest issue right now seems to be a complete inability to gain a simple yard or two in pressure situations.

What's almost automatic for most teams seems impossible for Maciocia's crew. Not once, but twice the Esks shot themselves by botching opportunities to score critical touchdowns within Winnipeg's two-yard line.

Early in the second quarter, Edmonton had a chance to take a 14-12 lead, but couldn't convert on two cracks from the Bombers two-yard line. By keeping Edmonton to a field goal, Winnipeg gained huge momentum and scored 17 unanswered points to take a 29-10 lead to halftime.

And then on the first drive of the second half - with Edmonton desperately needing something to build on - the Esks had the ball on Winnipeg's one-yard line again.

But after no gain on Ricky Ray's first sneak, he fumbled the ball on second down, killing yet another opportunity - and essentially killing any hope of a comeback.

"I can't understand it," said Maciocia.

"We self destructed," added guard Dan Comiskey. "The offensive line could have done a lot better."

So, while the offence works on that problem this week, the Edmonton secondary - especially Reggie Durden - needs to go back to the drawing board on open-field tackling.

MISSED TACKLES PROVED COSTLY

A big reason why the Bombers scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter was due to missed tackles. On back-to-back drives before the end of the first half, Durden missed wrapping up receiver Chris Brazzell - and both times Brazzell turned those Eskimo mistakes into touchdowns.

"It's going to be tough (to sleep tonight)," said Durden. "I have to erase it and get ready for next week."

The secondary also needs to examine why Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn was able to constantly find wide-open receivers.

The much-maligned pivot, who had only thrown for 314 yards on the season before last night, amassed 368 yards through the air in three quarters.

"We definitely beat ourselves," said halfback Shannon Garrett. "We made their receives look like all-stars."


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