It's 'mind boggling' to Maciocia

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

The task is daunting.

Following the Edmonton Eskimos 27-22 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday, a playoff spot is beginning to look like a pipe dream.

At 4-8, the Eskimos may need to run the table in order to extend their 34-year playoff streak.

Do they still believe?

"I hope so, because if we don't then all they have to do is let me know. It'll be easier that way instead of putting in all those long hours at the office," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "It's a mystery how we are losing football games.

"It's mind-boggling at times."

Against the Ticats, a Ricky Ray fumble eventually did the Eskimos in. The Eskimos quarterback had the ball punched out of hand in the last minute of the contest.

At the time the Eskimos were driving looking for the winning touchdown.

"We're not out of it by any means," said Ray.

"We just have to go out there and play it one game at a time and see what happens.

"After a tough loss like this you just have to try and put it behind you as quick as you can and not let it linger around.

"We've been able to do a pretty good job of that this year. We've lost a lot of close football games. As tough as it is, you have to keep your mind focused on what's ahead of you."

Looking ahead, the Eskimos host the Ticats Friday, then travel to Regina to face the Roughriders, have two with the Toronto Argonauts, one with the Montreal Alouettes and finish at home against Saskatchewan.

Currently the Esks are in last place in the West, four-points behind the Riders.

"We have to wake up," Maciocia said. "We're finding ways to give up games, and games we should win, we're not winning. We can't afford to give up any more games in such a fashion and such a manner."


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