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Friday, July 8, 2016

PRESS BOX SPORTS BAR RIDERS AT ESKIMOS PREVIEW


SASKATCHEWAN (0-1) at EDMONTON (0-1)
WHEN: Friday, July 8/2016, 8:00 PM
WHERE: Commonwealth Stadium
BROADCAST: TSN, ESPN2, CKRM Rider Network, Sirius/XM CH 171
FORECAST: Cloudy, 20 degrees Celsius/68 Fahrenheit, 40% POP

RIDERS: Road 0-0, Vs West 0-0
ESKIMOS: Home 0-1, Vs West 0-0

RIDER OFFENSE: RUSH 6TH, PASS 4TH, OVERALL 5TH
QB Darian Durant has thrown for 310 yards (64.6%, 1 TD, 0 INT) ... WR Naaman Roosevelt leads in receiving (113 yards) .. RB Curtis Steele is the club's leading rusher (61 yards) ... SASK is 9th in points scored and 1st in fewest sacks allowed.

ESKIMO OFFENSE: RUSH 7TH, PASS 2ND, OVERALL 2ND
QB Mike Reilly has thrown for 383 yards (70%, 1 TD, 0 INT) ... WR Derel Walker leads in receiving (149 yards) ... RB John White is the rushing leader (43 yards) ... EDM is 1st in points scored and 5th in fewest sacks allowed.

RIDER DEFENSE: RUSH 5TH, PASS 1ST, OVERALL 1ST
DE A.C. Leonard leads the club in sacks (2) ... LB Greg Jones leads in tackles (6) ... The club has not yet recorded an interception ... SASK is 8th in points allowed and 6th in sacks.

ESKIMO DEFENSE: RUSH 1ST, PASS 9TH, OVERALL 9TH
DL Marcus Howard and Almondo Sewell are tied for the team's sack lead (1) ... DB Cord Parks leads in tackles (8) ... DE Odell Willis leads in INT (1) ... EDM is 9th in points allowed and 5th in QB sacks.

RIDER SPEC TEAMS: K Tyler Crapigna is 3/4 on FGs (L-35) ... P Josh Bartel is 7th in CFL punting (44.9, L-53) ... KR/PR Kendial Lawrence leads in kickoff and punt return yardage ... LB Otha Foster leads in ST tackles (2).

ESKIMO SPEC TEAMS: K Sean Whyte is 5/5 on FGs (L-39) ... P Grant Shaw is 8th in punting average (41.0) ... Kenzel Doe leads in punt return and kickoff yardage ... LB Kenny Ladler leads in ST tackles (2).

NOTABLES:  Darian Durant starts his 100th career game Friday night, moving him into 24th place all-time in CFL history ... The referee is Tom Vallesi ... The Riders are -3 in turnover ratio (9th) while the Eskimos are +2 (2nd) ... SASK is the least-penalized time in the CFL while EDM is 3rd ... Eskimo quarterback Mike Reilly was 0-3 against SASK in his first three starts but has won the last five straight.

PRESS BOX: Watch the game at the Press Box Sports Bar and enter to win a trip for two to the 2016 Grey Cup in Toronto.  Ask your server for details.

RP
@rodpedersen

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