Confident Younger likes underdog role

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

The us-against-the-world mentality is starting to creep out of the Edmonton Eskimos' locker-room.

The Green and Gold are heading on the road in the playoffs -- starting with the East Division semi-final on Saturday -- and must run the table away from home to win the Grey Cup.

Last in the West Division and facing Winnipeg on their home turf on Saturday, the Esks will be the underdog in some circles.

"Everybody is counting us out (in the playoffs)," said Edmonton defensive back Jordan Younger.

"Nobody is saying the Edmonton Eskimos are favourites to win this season.

"But the truth is we have knocked off everybody now."

There is a distinct sense in the Esks' compound that they are already embracing the underdog status.

"A lot of people are counting us out. So, we are going to go in there loose and go in there and get the W (in Winnipeg)," said running back Calvin McCarty.

The Eskimos finished the regular season with four more points than the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (20 points compared to 16), but lost their only game in Winnipeg (30-23 on Sept. 26).

"You hear people saying Calgary this, Saskatchewan on the repeat, B.C. is heating up, Montreal is unstoppable.

"And you don't hear about the Edmonton Eskimos," said Younger.

"If I got to take this group of guys (in the playoffs), I like the role we are in."

STEPPING UP

Edmonton middle linebacker Agustin Barrenechea --who quarterbacks the defence -- knows his crew needs to improve in the post-season.

"Montreal came out and marched the ball on us the first drive of the game," said Barrenechea, referring to Friday's game, which Edmonton eventually won 37-14.

"We've got to eliminate that. We need to get out and convert on second down and long.

"We need to get off the field."

Barrenechea says playoff football moves to a whole new level compared to the 18-game regular-season.

"From tempo at practice, to film work, to execution, to zero mistakes," he remarked.

FINISH LINES

After getting his bell rung Friday night, Edmonton offensive tackle Garrick Jones seems to be recovering fine and should be ready for Saturday in Winnipeg.

Receiver Kelly Campbell was pulled from Friday's game but is also expected to play against the Bombers.

LAST WORD

"We are playing to be immortal. To have your name on that (Grey) Cup. You will always be remembered if you win it,."

- Jordan Younger


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