Eskimos need to keep it in the 'W' column
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
|Edmonton guard Greg Wojt, No. 66, says any hypothetical situation putting the Eskimos in the playoffs requires them to win. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos might not be done with Ricky Ray just yet.
Saturday's game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders marks their last chance at being able to catch the West Division's third-place team.
A loss would mean Edmonton's best playoff hopes get pinned on a crossover to the East Division, which would most likely mean another meeting against Ray's Toronto Argonauts.
But with the Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions on the verge of hosting a playoff game and the rest of the West requiring an Edmonton loss to clinch their post-season spot this weekend, the Eskimos are focusing on what is instead of the what-ifs.
“Not a topic of conversation for us,” said head coach Kavis Reed. “We know that we're in control, we don't want to lost control. Not losing control means winning football games, and it just starts with (Saturday). That's the only emphasis, that's the only focus.
“We have not wavered from the way we started the season, every week is a season. We went through a dry spell, now we have to make certain that we focus on Saskatchewan.”
As complicated as it can get figuring out all the early playoff possibilities — especially factoring in ties — it's actually quite simple for a team looking up from the bottom.
“You could put yourself, hypothetically, in this situation or in that situation," said right guard Greg Wojt. "But it all comes about after getting 'W's, really.”