Brown sees blueprint in Eskimo thrashing

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

REGINA -- Doug Brown has provided the marketing slogan for the Edmonton Eskimos-Winnipeg Blue Bombers East Division semifinal.

"It's going to be a hell of a game," said Brown, the Blue Bombers' defensive tackle.

Brown made those comments to Sun Media yesterday afternoon after Winnipeg captured its fifth win in the last seven games with a 24-23 in Montreal.

The Esks and Bombers meet in the East Division semifinal on Nov. 8 in Winnipeg.

Brown watched some of the Eskimos' meltdown against Saskatchewan Saturday night -- a 55-9 loss in Regina -- on TV, but doesn't seem to be putting a lot of emphasis on that defeat.

"(That's) definitely not a true glimmer of what the Eskimos are all about," Brown said.

But the leader of the Bombers' defence does believe his front four has to follow in the footsteps provided by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"I think you got to pressure (Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray) a lot. Saskatchewan got to him and hit him hard early (on Saturday)," Brown said.

Saskatchewan sacked Ray three times in the first half and limited the top-tier pivot to 99 passing yards before he was yanked to start the second half.

The Riders also took two Ray turnovers -- a fumble and interception -- directly to the end zone in the opening two quarters.

SPLIT SEASON SERIES

The Eskimos and Bombers split their two-game season series.

The Riders and B.C. Lions, 55-32 winners at home to Toronto late Saturday night, are battling to see who hosts the West Division semifinal.

The Lions end their season against the Stampeders next week in Calgary while the Riders travel to Toronto to face the Argonauts.

If the teams finish tied, the Lions would take second place in the West because they won the season series against Saskatchewan.

Calgary has wrapped up top spot in the West.


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