Esks avoid silly penalties

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:52 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos seem to be getting their discipline problem in order.

Coming into Friday's game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton was averaging 13 penalties for 119 yards of real estate per contest.

But the veteran-laden club was charged with only eight penalties for 51 yards against the Riders.

"I thought (the refs) let us play, but you could say the refereeing was different or you could say the guys are starting to play with better fundamentals," said receiver Ed Hervey after the 24-18 Edmonton win.

"They're not taking those silly penalties any more. They're not holding, they're not getting pass interference (penalties). We're not taking as many offsides or illegal procedures.

"We played a sound game that kept us away from penalties and this is what can happen if we do that."

Maybe the most impressive penalty stat is the fact the offensive line was only nailed once for holding against what was a very tough Saskatchewan front four.

And if it isn't that statistic, it might be that the Esks' special teams coverage units weren't flagged once.

"Special teams penalties have been killing us and they (Saskatchewan) had three or four no-yards (penalties) that gave us 15 extra yards," said quarterback Ricky Ray.

One of those Rider no-yard penalties gave Ray the ball at midfield with the subsequent drive producing a field goal.


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