The Winnipeg Blue Bombers won’t be able to lock up a home playoff game this weekend after falling 24-10 to the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium.
Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce threw three interceptions and was sacked five times as Winnipeg fell to 9-6. The Bombers could fall out of first place in the East Division on Sunday if the Montreal Alouettes (9-5) beat the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-7).
The Bombers would have locked up a home playoff game with a win and a Tiger-Cats loss this weekend. Their magic number to do that remains at two.
No matter what happens on Sunday, Winnipeg’s home game next Saturday against Montreal could go a long way to determining first place in the East Division.
Alex Brink had a one-yard touchdown plunge for the Bombers, with Justin Palardy adding an 11-yard field goal.
Jerome Messam had a nine-yard touchdown run, while Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray hit Jason Barnes and Fred Stamps on 18- and 12-yard touchdown tosses, respectively. Damon Duval added a 39-yard field goal.
Edmonton led 14-3 at the half.
Winnipeg lost receiver Clarence Denmark and linebacker Clint Kent to injuries. Head coach Paul LaPolice told CJOB after the game that Denmark suffered a shoulder injury and Kent will be fine.