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JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

It's time for the defence to help the offence.

That's the undeniable message coming from the Edmonton Eskimos secondary as they prepare for the Stampeders today at Commonwealth Stadium.

Given the ugly fact that the offence has produced just five touchdowns in the last four games, some key interceptions with golden field position could be the spark the Green and Gold need.

And some turnovers would also get the heat off the defence.

While much has been made of the Eskimos ugly defensive stats - last in 10 categories in the league entering this week - the most important statistic is this: last in takeaways in the CFL.

Edmonton has taken the ball away from the opposition just five times this year.

In contrast, the B.C. Lions have taken the ball away 22 times.

"For me I think it is pathetic that we only have two interceptions and we are in Week 6," said Edmonton safety J.R. LaRose.

"I think it is time for us to step up and make plays and start helping our offence out."

Those two measly interceptions put Edmonton last in that league category as well.

Considering the upgrade in the secondary during the off-season - adding Omarr Morgan, Stanford Samuels and Jason Goss - that's not good enough.

And Samuels doesn't know why the secondary is going through a drought.

"If I could answer that one we would have three or four wins right now," said Samuels.

But the defensive line also knows it has to help the cause. The Esks have just one fumble recovery on defence to its credit.

"We have to get a better pass rush," said defensive end Adam Braidwood.

"You have to think of it mentally (stripping the ball).

"Come in there with the attitude that you want to strip the ball.

"We were working on it this week in practice.

"I think this is going to be the team that we get a few turnovers."

Momentum can be everything in a game.

Turning the ball over deflates the opposition, puts the offence back on the field and can produce even more momentum with a subsequent score.

It's something the Esks really need.


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