Eskimos buck trend setting

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The Edmonton Eskimos are hoping to end a disturbing slump.

When the Green and Gold take the field tomorrow afternoon in Montreal, they will be trying to record a rare win in a game that features an afternoon start time.

The Esks are 1-7 in the last two regular seasons in games that have featured an afternoon kickoff.

The only win during this stretch actually came last year in this city at Olympic Stadium.

But Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia doesn't seem concerned about playing a crucial game this season at a very early hour in the day compared to a regular-evening home game.

"That is the reason why we are going out a day and a half prior," said Maciocia before departing for Quebec yesterday afternoon.

"The reason I have scheduled a meeting on Saturday at 11 a.m.

"I also have another meeting scheduled on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

"So, hopefully, we can get their bodies acclimatized to the time change."

Saiud veteran safety Will Loftus: "We practice every day on the field at 10:30 a.m.-- it shouldn't be a problem for us."


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