Every week a must-win for last-place Eskimos

Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly was sacked seven times in each of the team's last two games. (David...

Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly was sacked seven times in each of the team's last two games. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:24 AM ET

EDMONTON - There are must-win situations, and then there are the Edmonton Eskimos.

Alone with a league-worst 1-8 record after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers pulled off an upset over the top-ranked Saskatchewan Roughriders on the weekend, Edmonton’s situation is more of a must-win-out-the-rest-of-the-way if they are to put themselves in the playoffs.

After all, sitting five games back of the West Division’s third-place B.C. Lions’ 6-4 record means the Eskimos’ best hopes for the post-season rest in securing a crossover spot in the East Division for the second year in a row.

If that’s the case, then all the more importance is placed on the upcoming home-and-away series against the upstart Bombers, who improved to 2-8 after coming up with their first win since Week 2.

Oddly enough, that’s the last time the Eskimos won their only game of the season so far, as they head into their third set of the year of back-to-back weeks against the same opponent.


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