Frightening record

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- This is getting scary - and it has nothing to do with playing on Friday the 13th.

What is truly frightening is the Edmonton Eskimos record in the Manitoba capital this decade.

Since the start of 2000, the Esks are a brutal 1-7 in Winnipeg.

No team in the CFL has owned the Green and Gold on the road like the Bombers over the last seven years.

In addition, Edmonton suffered its worst defeat in seven years when they were hammered here 46-10 on Canada Day last summer.

"It is not a place we fear, but our track record here isn't very good," said kicker Sean Fleming after the team arrived at the Canad Inns Stadium yesterday.

"They (the Bombers) play very confident in this place."

Added Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray: "I don't know what it is (about playing in Winnipeg). I think I have only won once here, and that was a couple of years ago.

"It is important for us to play a smart football game to give ourselves a chance to win."

While tonight's game isn't a must-win affair for the Esks in just Week 3 of the regular season, it's a very big evening for the Green and Gold.

A loss would give the club just one out of a possible six points to start the year, with back-to-back games with the red-hot Saskatchewan Roughriders on tap.

To make matters more difficult, the Esks will face the top-rated passer in the CFL in Kevin Glenn.

Consistently underrated, Glenn has thrown for 714 yards in his first two games.

"What people don't realize is that since Kevin has been here he hasn't had an opportunity to run the same offence two years in a row," said Winnipeg receiver Milt Stegall.

"Now, he has that opportunity. Put some great weapons around him, a great offensive line and Charlie (Roberts) in the backfield, the sky is the limit for Kevin.

"This is going to be his breakout year."

The Esks just hope he doesn't torch them - again - tonight.

Glenn has averaged 386 yards per game over the last two years against Edmonton.

Just another scary stat on this Friday the 13th.

FINISH LINES: The Esks lost their last game on a Friday the 13th, dropping a 23-18 tilt in Vancouver in September 2002.


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