Eskimos better than their record

Grant Shaw missed back-to-back final-play field goal attempts against Calgary (Reuters).

Grant Shaw missed back-to-back final-play field goal attempts against Calgary (Reuters).

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

EDMONTON - Is it just me, or did the Eskimos not really lose those last two football games?

Instead, Alberta’s 2012 Labour Day series came down to a couple of kicking contests that happened to be for all the marbles, and that’s more chance than football, in my books.

My biggest complaint about the sport is there are times when the ball relies on way too much ‘foot’ in determining a winner and loser.

And there was a fine line between the two this week, which saw the Stampeders claim both games by a combined three-point margin.

So, the Eskimos fell to 5-5 instead of what would have been a 7-3 record had Grant Shaw’s last-second field-goal attempts made it onto the scoreboard.

That’s it. Nothing else changes.

They’re still the same offence, same defence and same special-teams return and coverage squads that would have been celebrating had they been on the broom end of the sweep, instead of the dust.

Sure, coaches are miffed that a multitude of mistakes were made on the field, but the same goes for the Stampeders. And besides, I’ve never heard of any game earning the nickname The Perfect Bowl.

The thing is, the Esks are a team in flux right now, teetering on the decision whether or not to swap out their quarterback for good here in the second half of the schedule; there are more starters at running back than there are girls at the dance; and their normally cool-headed all-star slotback finally blew a gasket on national television after being hung out to dry one too many times by his quarterback.

Make that ‘quarterbacks’ — though it doesn’t really seem to matter to anyone outside the club which one of them gets the call at this point. Heck, even special teams out-scored the offence their last time out.

No, this team is built around its defence.

And, while those couple of wins can go a long way in determining who hosts what playoff games in November — but it is an eight-team league, after all, and the Eskimos need to keep their eyes on the bigger prize.

Instead of kicking themselves over a couple of missed field goals.

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