Esks can't win two in a row

Edmonton Eskimos' defense huddle on the field at Clarke Park during a September practice. (Edmonton...

Edmonton Eskimos' defense huddle on the field at Clarke Park during a September practice. (Edmonton Sun Photo by Perry Mah)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

TORONTO -- If the Eskimos follow their usual trend today, they will implode against the Argos.

After every win this season, the Green and Gold have self-destructed in ugly fashion.

Example 1: Following a home win against Calgary in late June, the Esks were pasted 46-10 in Winnipeg - the most lopsided loss in seven years.

Example 2: After beating B.C., Edmonton was then burned by the Milt Miracle, giving up the last-play, 100-yard touchdown strike.

Example 3: Hitting the road after defeating Saskatchewan in mid-August, Jason Johnson botched the hold on the final field goal attempt in B.C., costing another victory.

Example 4: Coming off a win to end the Labour Day series, Ricky Ray fumbled on the final drive in Hamilton, leaving Edmonton pondering another loss.

"That's how crazy our year has been," admitted Ray.

"That's our challenge (today) - try to get two (wins) in a row and try not to make those mistakes."

The Esks are coming off a desperation-style 30-25 win in Regina last weekend.

That victory kept their Tragic Number at three, meaning Edmonton's playoff hope in the West will die with any combination of Eskimo losses and Rider wins that totals three.

In the East Division crossover with Winnipeg, the Tragic Number is two.

SHORT HITS ...

The anti-inflamatories kicked in and the back spasms disappeared, meaning defensive tackle Steven Charbonneau will play today.


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