Daily Eskimos playoff primer

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

History is not on the side of the Edmonton Eskimos as they head to Winnipeg for Saturday's opening round of the CFL playoffs.

The Green and Gold have not won a playoff game in Winnipeg since 1976.

The last playoff meeting between Winnipeg and Edmonton in Manitoba was 1985, when the Blue Bombers won 22-15 in a division semi-final.

The Esks also lost in 1984 in Winnipeg-- but by a much wider margin in a division semi-final (55-20).

Completing the trifecta of bad results, Edmonton lost 49-22 in 1983 in the Manitoba capital.

The Blue Bombers and Eskimos meet Saturday in the East Division semfinal playoff game (11 a.m. MT, TSN, CHED).

With the Green and Gold riding a three-game playoff losing streak in the Manitoba capital, there are only six current Eskimos -- Jason Tucker, Mike Maurer, Jason Maas, Noel Prefontaine, Dan Comiskey, Shannon Garrett -- that were alive for the last playoff win in that city.

FAST STATS

If all meaningful games -- regular season and playoffs -- are counted, the Esks and Bombers are 10-10-1 since the turn of the decade ... While Edmonton had a league-high 37 fumbles in the regular-season, the Bombers put the ball on the carpet a league-low 17 times.

PARTING SHOT

The Eskimos are hoping history is on their side on a different topic.

The last time the club won three straight games was in the 2005 playoffs: West Division semi, West Division final and the Grey Cup.

It hasn't happened since. Coming off a win against Montreal last Friday, the Esks are looking for their second straight victory on Saturday.


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