Edmonton Eskimos start hanging on to ball

The Eskimos defence makes sure Jock Sanders goes no further at a game here in late July (David...

The Eskimos defence makes sure Jock Sanders goes no further at a game here in late July (David Bloom, Edmonton Sun).

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

Instead of footballs, the Edmonton Eskimos seem to be turning over a new leaf lately.

In their last two games, which they lost by a combined four points, the Eskimos protected the ball to perfection and even managed to improve their giveaway-takeaway ratio by one to sit fourth overall at minus-1.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, meanwhile, fell out of the No. 1 spot in that department thanks to a trio of lost fumbles in each of their last two games, after losing just one turnover in the first five games of the season.

“We have seven (giveaways) overall and that may be one of the smallest numbers in the league,” said Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin, whose squad was surpassed by the Toronto Argonauts’ five giveaways.

“But for us, they all came in bunches. The biggest thing is you don’t want those types of things to come in bunches, so we’ve done some things in practice just to get back to the fundamentals."


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