The Edmonton Eskimos’ undefeated streak is still alive and well. At home, at least.
On Monday, the team returned to the friendly confines of Commonwealth Stadium — where they are 3-0 on the season — after returning from a 10-day swing to the East Division resulted in their only two losses of the season.
“Obviously it was a very tough road trip for us, losing a lot of players and losing football games,” said Reed. “It’s an opportunity for us to get back into a familiar environment and regroup.”
While the Eskimos were outscored by a combined 55-20 on their tour through Winnipeg and Montreal, Reed said it wasn’t a total wash.
“There were a lot of positives. I sat down with the defensive coaches (Sunday), we went through the Montreal game again and I pointed out all the positives,” said Reed. “They held an offence that is statistically over 400 yards per game to under 375 yards.
“They held Anthony (Calvillo) to under 60% completions, they held him under 300 yards passing. We gave up two big plays, otherwise he would have been under 200 yards passing.”
Which says a lot when you’re up against the soon-to-be all-time leading passer in the game.
“There are so many positives that came out of that game that I felt that it was much like being in Winnipeg last year,” said the former Blue Bombers defensive co-ordinator. “We went to Montreal and, defensively, we had a very solid game and it was a turning point for us.”
The Eskimos, however, seem to have turned down the wrong track since starting the season 5-0.
“It was special. Period,” Reed said. “But this highlights it even more because now having to weather some injury situations, we’ll really get to see the character of this locker-room, the character of the guys as to how we play Friday night.”