Esks playoff on the line - or not

GERRY MODDEJONGE, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 PM ET

It will either be the most important game of the season or it won’t make a difference in the standings.

By the time the Edmonton Eskimos face the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday, they may already be in the playoffs.

But they’re not waiting to see if the B.C. Lions lose to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the early game. For them, it’s win and they’re in.

“The positive is we’re playing well and we’re on a roll,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. “We always want to go into the playoffs positive and this is another game that we get an opportunity to put ourselves into a playoff situation.

“We said weeks ago that each game is a playoff game for us and this game is no different than it was last week. We have to win to keep going.”

The Roughriders, on the other hand, are in danger of entering the playoffs on a five-game losing streak unless they can stop the skid Saturday.

“I think they’ll be a very hungry bunch,” Hall said. “You don’t want to go into the playoffs in the fashion that they’re going. They have a lot of pride, they’ve lost their last two at home so it’s important that you get back on (track) to get that momentum going.”

Meaning he doesn’t expect his opponents to rest any of their starters for the post-season.

“Their situation is just so much different,” Hall said. “They have an opportunity to rest some players but at the same time you have to be playing good football going into the playoffs and they might not be where they want to be.

“Our focus is on making sure that we’re prepared and we’re ready to play because it’s our playoff lives. If we win we keep going, we lose we go home.

“We have a lot that we’re playing for and to me, they have a lot that they have a lot that they’re playing for. I look at the games that we have played this year and last year has been a battle. It’s going to come down to the wire.”

– Moddejonge


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