Expect the unexpected

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

The best vs. the best.

The top passing game in the CFL against the top pass defence.

That is how tomorrow's match-up between the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders looks on paper.

Edmonton leads the league in average yards passing per game with 342.

Saskatchewan leads the loop in fewest passing yards allowed per contest with 261.

So, what will happen tomorrow at Commonwealth Stadium (7 p.m., CHED, TSN)?

"Chances are we are going to run it 40 times," joked Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

Once the laughter settled down during his media briefing yesterday, Maciocia became a little more serious.

"It is funny how these games usually work out," he remarked. "It is something that wasn't foreseen that takes place. It could be a (running back) that ends up carrying the ball 15-20 times and gets 120-130 yards.

"But we have got our identity offensively for the most part.

"It may come down to who executes the best."

In their only regular-season meeting to date, Saskatchewan beat the Eskimos 34-13 in Regina.

Edmonton put up 306 offensive yards but didn't find the end zone once in that game.

In the first three red-zone possessions against B.C. in its most recent game, Edmonton scored two touchdowns.

But there is a difference between the Lions defence and the Riders.

Saskatchewan mixes its defensive looks more than any other team in the league, according to Edmonton pivot Ricky Ray.

"They are bringing linebacker, safety blitzes, moving guys around - giving you a four-man front, five-man front, two-man front," said Ray.

"They are able to get a lot of pressure by confusing guys and getting match-ups they want."

FINISH LINES: Former Eskimo offensive lineman Terriss Paliwoda has joined the University of Alberta football program, Sun Media has learned.

Paliwoda officially arrived at Bears training camp yesterday. After spending last year on the Esks' practice roster, Paliwoda was cut this spring.


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