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Friday, July 15, 2016

ESKIMOS 20 BLUE BOMBERS 16

Canadian Press
WINNIPEG - The Edmonton Eskimos overcame a slew of penalties and an early deficit to walk away with the win Thursday night.

Mike Reilly threw for 465 yards and two touchdowns as the defending Grey Cup champions beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 20-16.

"We're happy just to come out of here with a victory on the road,'' said Eskimos coach Jason Maas.

"(But) we have to stop the penalties. We have to figure out a way to stop hurting ourselves and start faster.''

Edmonton took 12 penalties and gave up 114 yards. Eight of those infractions came in the first half, allowing Winnipeg to jump out to an early 10-0 lead at one point.

"It was a slugfest ... It wasn't the cleanest of games,'' said Reilly. "We were pretty sloppy.''

Reilly completed 32-of-45 passes and said his team should have had more points on the board.

"We were able to move the ball extremely well but we weren't able to finish.''

The Bombers, who fell to 1-3, were saying a lot of the same things about the penalties, although not so much about success moving the ball. Quarterback Drew Willy completed 25-of-38 attempts for 299 yards and one touchdown, but also had two interceptions. The Bombers had 317 yards total offence to Edmonton's 517.

Winnipeg took 14 penalties for 136 yards and eight of those penalties were in the second half, when the Bombers watched an important game slip away.

"Too many penalties to beat a good team,'' said coach Mike O'Shea.

Despite losing the offensive battle, O'Shea wouldn't criticize Willy's play.

"I don't know that we ran the ball very well,'' he said. "I think there was a stretch where he didn't set his feet well enough maybe.

"All the holding penalties, the lack of production on first downs, puts any quarterback in a bad spot.''

With all the penalties and coaches' challenges, the game was a choppy one but Maas had no issues with the referees.

"We have to do better as coaches and players ... And the bottom line, cleaning it up.''

(Canadian Press)

2 comments:

3RD and 1 said...

Actually the score flattered the Bombers. It should have been an EE romp. Referee's calling off big plays and dumb penalties is what kept thecBombers close. I remember Durant after being with SK for a couple starting seasons. There is no comparison, Willy isn't getting his reads fast enough and he dosent seem able to move the pocket left or right. Strictly seems to be a straight drop back QB. Bomber OC LaPolice has a good system and the play calling is just fine. It's poor execution by the offence. starting with Willy. He just dosent look comfortable at all. He always seems to be on edge. Almost afraid to make a decision. I think LaPolice should take a page from Austin and come up with a system that is taylor end to Willy. Instead of making Willy adapt to the system LaPolice has. Austin did that in 2007 and won a Grey Cup and an MOP with a running QB in SK by the name of Kerry Joseph.

3RD and 1 said...

Actually the score flattered the Bombers. It should have been an EE romp. Referee's calling off big plays and dumb penalties is what kept thecBombers close. I remember Durant after being with SK for a couple starting seasons. There is no comparison, Willy isn't getting his reads fast enough and he dosent seem able to move the pocket left or right. Strictly seems to be a straight drop back QB. Bomber OC LaPolice has a good system and the play calling is just fine. It's poor execution by the offence. starting with Willy. He just dosent look comfortable at all. He always seems to be on edge. Almost afraid to make a decision. I think LaPolice should take a page from Austin and come up with a system that is taylor end to Willy. Instead of making Willy adapt to the system LaPolice has. Austin did that in 2007 and won a Grey Cup and an MOP with a running QB and not a very accurate arm n SK by the name of Kerry Joseph.