Is it better to give?

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos are known as a charitable and community-minded organization.

The problem is that charity has been spilling onto the football field.

The Eskimos are a league-low minus-9 on giveaways-takeaways, as defensive half Chris Thompson's pair of interceptions in the last two games is overshadowed by a staggering 11 giveaways.

"We could definitely use some more turnovers, but we've got to stop the run first of all," Thompson said. "Our run defence has been kind of suspect lately."

In fact, the Eskimos are at the back of the pack, having allowed 500 rushing yards against in three games for an average of 167 yards each.

"We're going to turn it around," Thompson said. "Our secondary's been doing OK, but we've got to get some more turnovers and give our offence more chances to score."

They have turned the ball over on downs four times, fumbled five away and coughed up two interceptions to sit seven giveaways behind the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at minus-2.

The Bombers and Eskimos are the only teams in the negatives, while the Montreal Alouettes lead the league at plus-6, a full 15 points ahead of the Eskimos.

"It's pretty piss poor," said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall, who doesn't put much faith in a lot of statistics -- until it comes to giveaways and takeaways. "A lot of times if you look at plus-minus ratio, it really gives a good indication of how many football games you've won. Right now, we've lost three and we're down by nine in that column."

IN AND OUT: K Noel Prefontaine (groin) sit out of practice Wednesday, along with SB Kamau Peterson (ankle), SB Skyler Green (leg) and FB Graeme Bell (ankle). SB Kelly Campbell (arm) returned to action after sitting out since Monday.


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