Eskimos have to stay focused on last game before bye week

Eskimos starting QB Mike Reilly says players who are more focused on plans for the bye week don't...

Eskimos starting QB Mike Reilly says players who are more focused on plans for the bye week don't deserve to be professionals. (Codie McLachlan, Edmonton Sun)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:07 PM ET

One week’s vacation is waiting for them, but the Edmonton Eskimos had better keep their mind on the task at hand Friday.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats come into Commonwealth Stadium ahead of the bye week in a game that the Eskimos have historically struggled with.

Not only have they failed to come up with a win in the previous two seasons during head coach Kavis Reed’s reign, but the Eskimos have won the game heading into bye week just once in the previous six seasons.

That streak extends back to 2007, which also marked a return to eight teams in the league and changed the bye-week format from two games to one per season.

“We chatted about it in our first meeting (of the week) on Sunday,” said Reed. “We don’t want any discussion about the bye week, our focus is on a critical two points that are ahead of us (Friday), and all emphasis has to be on that.


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