Eskimos fail on offence in loss to Roughriders

Eskimos QB Mike Reilly is tackl;ed by Roughriders' Keith Shologan during first-half action at...

Eskimos QB Mike Reilly is tackl;ed by Roughriders' Keith Shologan during first-half action at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday. (David Bloom, Edmonton Sun)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

In a high-scoring opening week that saw the other three CFL games average 73 points apiece, the Edmonton Eskimos must not have gotten the memo.

But the Saskatchewan Roughriders certainly played their part in keeping up the average, rolling out a 39-18 victory over the hometown team in front of 35,869 at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, to come up with their first victory on Edmonton soil since September 2009.

The Roughriders lost their last six games here since, but saw that streak come to an end Saturday thanks in part to a penalty-riddled performance by an Eskimos team that featured 10 new starters from last season — including Mike Miller, who made his defensive debut as a starter in place of injured Donovan Alexander.

But that was hardly the biggest thing the Eskimos had to worry about in this one.


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