Stomach churnin'

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

BURLINGTON -- Do you have any anti-nausea pills handy?

To set the stage for the Edmonton Eskimos visit to Hamilton on Friday (5 p.m. MT, CHED, TSN), here are five points to ponder.

If you are a Green and Gold fan, four of these points will make your stomach turn in disgust.

For a little break, there is one piece of potential good news at the bottom.

- The Edmonton Eskimos are 0-2 on the road in the regular season this year.

If you combine that with the club's record away from Commonwealth Stadium last year, the Eskimos are 2-9 in their last 11 regular-season road games.

That is ugly.

- Edmonton has lost four straight games in Hamilton.

The last time the Esks won at Ivor Wynne Stadium was in 2003.

So, that doesn't exactly bode well for the Green and Gold when they venture back there Friday.

- The Ticats are expected to have stud running back Jesse Lumsden back in their starting lineup on Friday after missing one game with a strained right knee.

That is bad news for the Edmonton defence, which is - once again - having serious trouble stopping the run.

The Toronto Argos had 201 net rushing yards in their 35-31 win against Edmonton on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

Quarterback Kerry Joseph had 118 yards on the ground for a ridiculous 11.8-yard average per carry.

And Dominique Dorsey had 62 rushing yards in that game for a 7.8-yard average.

Lumsden enters this week with 361 yards on the ground in three games and four rushing touchdowns.

As if that weren't enough to cause the Edmonton defensive coaching staff to have a headache, Hamilton quarterback Casey Printers is cut from the same fabric as Joseph - meaning he can run at the drop of a hat.

- Edmonton has given up 128 points in four regular-season games.

That is an average of 32 points a game.

Given that statistic, it's rather impressive that Edmonton is 2-2 to start the campaign.

"We've got to prevent the big plays. We are giving up the big plays right now," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia in the team hotel in Burlington yesterday.

"Obviously not having (defensive back) Lenny Williams in the lineup hurts us an awful lot because that asks people like Tristan Jackson to do double duty.

"That is demanding. It is taxing on someone who is going to return the ball throughout the course of the game and ask him to play field corner.

"We are going to have to look for solutions there."

Reading between the lines, it appears Maciocia is considering taking Jackson from his starting cornerback role and leaving him as a full-time returner.

If that is the case, Trey Young could become a full-time starting safety, moving Jason Goss from safety to halfback and pushing Jonte Buhl to corner.

Edmonton will have its first practice in advance of the Hamilton game today at McMaster University.

Considering the club only has two full practices before the game, changes in the secondary will be readily apparent right away.

Director of player personnel Paul Jones was also trying to contact Maciocia yesterday, which could definitely result in some new prospects coming into camp.

- Leading Hamilton receiver Tony Miles appears to be questionable for Friday's tilt after not practising yesterday in Steeltown.

With 21 catches for 223 yards this year, Miles has a hamstring problem.

At least that is one bit of good news for the Esks.


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