Lining up very nicely

The Edmonton Eskimos offensive line -- with special-teamer Mike Maurer snapping the ball --...

The Edmonton Eskimos offensive line -- with special-teamer Mike Maurer snapping the ball -- practices at Clarke Park Monday afternoon. (Edmonton Sun/Walter Tychnowicz)

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

A football team is only as good as its offensive line.

Offensive success is directly correlated to the play of the five giants in the trenches.

The Edmonton Eskimos offensive line had arguably their best game of the season against the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Friday.

RAY AND DAVIS WENT TO WORK

Quarterback Ricky Ray had time to throw for 238 yards and a touchdown. Running back Troy Davis had his best game of the season, rushing for 91 yards.

It was an effort the team desperately needed to snap a three-game losing skid.

"I thought it was one of their better games," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "I thought the one they played out here against B.C. was a pretty good football game, too.

"They're going to be very good. I think that's just around the corner."

Joe McGrath, Dan Comiskey, Tim Bakker, Glen Carson, Rett McLane and Patrick Kabongo are coming together as a unit.

They have struggled at times this season protecting the quarterback and creating holes for the running game. Such was not the case on Friday.

"We're in a situation where we made a commitment going into this season of playing certain individuals," Maciocia said.

"We knew there were going to be some growing pains this year.

"We've gone through some, we'll go through some more along the way. But as they witness certain things and they experience certain things first-hand on the football field and go through adversity, that will make them better players and make us a better team."

Last Friday's game against the Roughriders was in stark contrast to the Eskimos encounter against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver two weeks ago.

FIRST HALF ENDS IN B.C.

This week, the Eskimos are back in B.C. to close out the first half of the season.

"I think we're coming together," said Kabongo, who, up until he joined the Eskimos, was a defensive lineman.

"We try to prepare ourselves the best we can. We have a really big game this week so we have to come out and play the best we can."


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