Hogs aiming to play more physical

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The Edmonton Eskimos offensive line has to get back in the win column.

The Montreal Alouettes' defensive line dominated the Green and Gold's front five on Sunday, winning the battle in the trenches by registering six sacks.

It was an especially difficult game - at times - for the Eskimos offensive tackles.

Joe McGrath gave up a first-half sack to Jermaine McElveen.

On the next drive, McElveen caused a fumble when he beat McGrath with a bull rush.

In the second half, Calvin Armstrong - Edmonton's other tackle - gave up a sack and watched McElveen force another fumble.

Armstrong was also nailed with two second-half penalties: holding and procedure.

"I had a tough day (on Sunday)," said Armstrong, who was moved to tackle with the return of Dan Comiskey at left guard. "Across the line we had a tough day. We didn't get it done.

"We've got to play more physical."

If the Eskimos' front five doesn't do that in Winnipeg on Friday (6 p.m. MT, TSN, CHED), it will be another long game against the Blue Bombers.

At 7-5 and tied for second in the West Division, Edmonton needs to avoid a slump after Sunday's 40-4 loss in Montreal. The Esks haven't lost two games in a row in the regular season this year.

When the club returns to the practice field today it will become clear if head coach Danny Maciocia is considering a change on the offensive line.

Garrick Jones had been the starting left tackle for the first 11 games before suffering an apparent pectoral muscle injury.

That opened the door for Armstrong to move to that tackle position on Sunday.

If Jones is healthy enough to play this week, it will be interesting to see if he returns to that position, in turn bumping Armstrong to the sidelines.


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