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Sunday, August 28, 2016

FINAL: ESKIMOS 33 ROUGHRIDERS 25

Canadian Press
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos are still trying to find a way to put a complete game together.

Mike Reilly threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran in another as the Eskimos survived a late scare to come away with a 33-25 victory over the struggling Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday.

Edmonton led 22-0 in the second quarter before Saskatchewan rallied for 19 straight points, including 16 in the third quarter, to make it a game.

"We had a lull, for sure, in the third quarter,'' Reilly said.

"It wasn't a case of us letting our foot off the gas, it was a question of our execution being a little off. We executed real well in the first half, it dipped a bit in the third, but most of the fourth quarter was back up. Our defence played great, too.''

It was Edmonton's third win in a row, upping their record to 5-4.

Eskimos head coach Jason Maas was pleased to see his team rack up 183 rushing yards.

"It's nice to be able to do that against such a good run defence,'' he said.

"For us to go out there and do that speaks volumes about what (O-line coach Mike) Gibson, Shakir Bell and the offensive line is doing. It was a great performance on their part to be able to do that. We had some balance as well, being able to pass it.''

Saskatchewan fell to 1-8 on the season with its fifth consecutive loss.

"We took them to the brink two times in their place,'' said Roughriders head coach Chris Jones, referring to a thrilling 39-36 loss to the Eskimos in their only previous meeting on July 8. "We are a good football team, but unfortunately we make too many errors. We need to understand and believe that we are a good football team. We are just that close.

"You can't quit or hang your head and start second-guessing everything like a lot of folks might do.''

Edmonton started the game with a 36-yard field goal by Sean Whyte on its opening possession and was even more impressive on its second drive, as a 42-yard run by Bell set up a terrific 31-yard touchdown pass from Reilly to Derel Walker.

The Eskimos made it 17-0 with three minutes to play in the first quarter as Reilly found Bell for a 15-yard TD pass.

Edmonton looked to extend its lead even further midway through the second, but Reilly was picked off in the Saskatchewan end zone by Ed Gainey.

The Esks added a safety when Deon Lacey sacked Riders QB Darian Durant in the end zone and another Whyte field goal before Saskatchewan finally got on the board with a Tyler Crapigna field goal to make it 22-3 at the half.

The Riders looked better to start the third, getting a one-yard TD run from Durant off of a long drive, their first touchdown in more than two games worth of playing time. They would go on to sack Reilly in the end zone to cut the Edmonton lead to 10 points.

Durant ran in his second one-yard TD of the game on the final play of the third quarter to make it 22-19.

The Eskimos finally woke back up to start the fourth, getting a seven-yard TD run from Reilly on a dive across the goal line.

Whyte kicked his third field goal of the game before the Riders came roaring back with a five-yard TD pass from Durant to Kendial Lawrence. The convert kick hit the uprights to keep Edmonton up by seven.

The Eskimos defence was able to force a turnover on downs and got a late punt single to put the game away.

The Riders return home to face Winnipeg on Sunday, Sept. 4, while the Eskimos travel to Calgary for the annual Labour Day Classic on Monday, Sept. 5.

Notes: Bell played his first game of the season as he replaced John White as the Eskimos starting running back after White suffered a hand injury against Toronto last week? The crowd of 37,168 for the game at Commonwealth Stadium was the tops in the CFL this season.

(Canadian Press)

POSTGAME QUOTES

CHRIS JONES

- Unfortunately we talked about it all week and we worked on it --  a lot of their big plays come off broken plays, like Collaros, and they made us pay.  It happened again in the second half, and that was the difference in the ball game.

- On the onside kick, we watched what they were doing and they were allowing it.  We had to do what we had to do to try to win the game.

- (The Holley drop) is just a part of football.  Sometimes we make the calls and the plays aren't made and sometimes it's the other way around.  We have to be more consistent.

- There's no such thing as moral victories in our locker room.  Our guys took this one real hard.  It sounds like a broken record but we just have to keep working and execute just a little more consistently.  It's coming.

- In the second half our guys did a good job of stepping up. I'm proud we came back and gave ourself a chance to win against a very good Edmonton team.  Our only win was against a team that was in the Grey Cup last year.  We're just a hair away from winning some of these games.

- On the last play it was one of those deals where we tried to kick it into the endzone with some laterals and things but Shamawd something that thought he could get it in.

- I hope the fans know how hard these guys work, how seriously they take it, and how much they want to win.  We approach every game the same.  It was awful nice to come here and have such a following and I'm proud of the effort.  They laid it all on the line and sometimes teams don't come back when they get down that much.  We just have to keep believing in what we're doing.

DARIAN DURANT

- We got down early to a great football team - the defending Grey Cup champions - and showed a lot of heart in the second half.  That's what we'll need in the second half of the season.  Put it together with some execution and we'll definitely get in the win column.

- We need guys to step up.  It's from top to bottom.  In order to win games you have to make plays when they're there.  The Holley drop wasn't the deciding factor but those are the type of plays we need to have to win, especially on the road.  But I won't lose faith in him.  Down in the line that's a play he'll make.

- Naaman's a big-time receiver.  He wowed us last year coming out of training camp and I was excited to work with him and then the injury came.  We were in constant contact all off-season and we've worked real hard together for the last several months.  He's going to be an All-Star in this league.

- The key to our offense is we have to get the running game going.  Ford's done a great job stepping in with only a few weeks of preparation.  He's done a great job for us and Steele is getting healthy.  If we get Labatte and Best back, we can set ourselves up for a run down the stretch.

- A win over Winnipeg would be huge.  I told the guys after the game that we have every team we need to beat right there on our schedule.  We have to take it one game at a time but I've been telling the guys how big of a rival Winnipeg it is.  We'll have our hands full but if we bring the heart we did tonight going forward, we're going to be real good.

- First and foremost we have the best fans in the CFL hands-down.  We travel the best, have the best crowds at home and our true fans will be with us through thick and thin.  There will always be bandwagoners and that's just a part of football.  I'm just excited to get back before our home crowd and Labour Day should be fun.

RP
@rodpedersen

60 comments:

John Knight said...

17-0 still in 1st quarter, what the hell is going on

Anonymous said...

End of first quarter and it's only 17-0. That's pretty lucky considering no one on our defense is staying in their lanes and no one worries about containment. It's like they have never been coached.

SWC

Anonymous said...

Somebody said 5 wins this year. I don't see who are we going to beat?

Anonymous said...

Another garbage fire, brought to you by Chris Jones.

Anonymous said...

They suck John Knight that's what's going on dumb dumb

13th Man said...

Jones has it all wrong. Big and tall players with no heart does not make a team.

Anonymous said...

If you don't say nice things about the Riders then good luck getting comments posted.

Anonymous said...

INCOMPETENT, INEPT, UNTALENTED. EMBARRASSING...PATHETIC

Anonymous said...

This is the 31 loss since the Grey cup! How many more!

Anonymous said...

Progress I guess. Actually found the end zone.
Dave

@mrt_man said...

ROUGH START... BUT THER WAS A BIT OF HOPE NEAR THE END... IF THERE WAS A CHANCE IT WOULD HELP THE RIDERS, I WOULD WEAR THE SPARKLY PINK JERSEYS... DON'T THINK THEY COME IN MY SIZE THOUGH

Anonymous said...

15 yards!! Did anyone on the offence watch Rugby at Rio?

Anonymous said...

Great, not even September and the season is over. Excuse me but I'm off to the NFL.

Anonymous said...

Our season was over in Week 3.

It was the Riders second game and they were winning with 19 seconds left.

Chris Jones gave the game away by calling off the dogs.

It tore the heart out of them and they've never played the same since.

Anonymous said...

Quite simply there are not enough play makers on this team. The defensive front four are the worst in the league generating no pressure whatsoever. Simply put a horrible front four.

Our reaction to broken plays or the run is unacceptable. The linebackers read and react is putrid, and I really see a lack of speed and grit. Our DB's play way off and don't have the speed to recover. Defence is just brutal. Otha Foster and Gainey may be the only bright spots on D.

The O-line can't protect DD and when he makes mention of the O-line, you know just how bad it really is. Backs can't block. Maybe consider putting Walter in there. Our best run blockers are not there due to injury and we can't really effectively run the ball.

When DD does get time, he only has Roosevelt and perhaps Holley regardless of the drop. Chambers has been a no show, Demski is mediocre at best. Bagg is also injured. No threats at all. Perhaps Edwards could be a spark if we ever see him.

We started too slow again which has become our mantra. Too little too late too many times. Getting beat in the trenches is killing us. Little grit being shown. Lack of speed in a lot of areas and a real talent shortage throughout the lineup. DD carries some responsibility because he was ineffective the first half. Brandon Bridge threw the best ball of the first half.

Because his defence is very unusual, CJ might be advised to hire Ectheverry as a defensive assistant to assist him in implementing his plan. The three hats may be too much. There are snipits of talent throughout the lineup, be simply put not enough. They also need to fix fix their "lines" and find some actual talent.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's hard to stomach another loss. But I am behind this regime and team 100%. Jones and company will turn it around. Patience is the name of the game. There were several bright spots throughout the game. True fans will stick with the team. Those that aren't...there's the door...

Anonymous said...

Brandon Bridge should have stayed in the game instead of Durant. He was the " spark" the team needed.

James

Anonymous said...

I know we all hoped for a different outcome. Honestly though, did we expect anything different. Besides the fan base there is a very large mean looking dark cloud that follows this team.

Spock Logic

willy said...

Come on you guys. They worked their asses off in the second half and a couple of breaks and we had a win. A lot of these guys are inexperienced kids and might be taking longer to catch on but they sure looked good in the second half. No one to blame this time around a great effort by all and just a few miscues away from a win. They will give Winnipeg all they can handle and I will predict that they will come away with back to back wins.

Anonymous said...

More Brandon Bridge, please!

Imagirl

Anonymous said...

At least with the new rule change we didn't have to sit through 5 to 10 minute reviews on potential penalties happening away from the play because desperate Chris Jones was fishing to weasel out a first down

Anonymous said...


@mrt_man WHY DO YOU TYPE IN CAPS? DO YOU THINK IT MAKES YOU IMPORTANT? IT DOESN'T! STOP ALREADY!

Heptiro said...

Talk about pathetic. No not the Riders, the stupid comments on this blog. Get over it. It is a rebuilding year and they are getting better. The rule change on coaches challenges helped too I think. Right now the roster tinkering is hurting but will help in the future. Holley drop was big but at least he has the wheels and will start making those in the future. The defense still needs something but the second half might be an indication of the potential. Loved the 9 man blitz on the EE goal line. Reilly looked shocked.
Time to jump back on board. It might be a hell of a run.

Go Riders.

Anonymous said...

I'm not going to lie, it's hard to watch these games right now but am I the only one who is slowly seeing progress? It's not good football by any means but there are glimmers of hope showing up and we need to just relax a bit and let this team develop. If you don't want to watch don't watch. If you're don't like our team don't cheer for them. 10,000 people chose to go to Edmonton to the game and cheer for the Riders knowing full well the chances of winning were very slim. Good for them, they are the kind of fans who will pull us through these rough times as a team.

Anonymous said...

Jason Maas was starting to look a little worried about the Riders, so does that mean the Eskimos are not as good as they think they are or are the Riders better than people think they are? I saw the same look on Dave Dickinsons face when the Riders were able to give them a game. Still a crapload of things to work on for this team but it's coming. Do they win anymore games? No idea but Chris Jones is bullheaded enough to keep trying. I like him.

Glen Erickson said...

Was that the moldiest no yards penalty in CFL history? The EE guy is turning to make a block, with no intention to play the football. There are rules, then the spirit of the rules. But, the late face mask penalty against EE was weak, too. Geezuz! Contain the bloody QB...keep him away from the sidelines...force him up field where he has to be aware of getting blown up. Anyone surprised we had a kick hit an upright in Edmonton? Willing to give o-line a pass...CFL watchers understand the importance of experience and continuity up front. But still, too many guys are NOT making plays.

Anonymous said...

Beat in the trenches again. Both sides of the ball.

Anonymous said...

So at what point do they move away from DD? The year is lost and it seems hard to believe that plan for next year after a painful rebuild is to ring out maybe 2 years before going back into rebuild to bring along a QB of the future.

Anonymous said...

Gosh the boys played hard but the talent just isn't there. Who's fault is that ?

Anonymous said...

It's hockey time, Go Pats Go!

Anonymous said...

I heard a Rider fan say after the 2013 Grey Cup that they didn't care if the Riders won again for the next 10 years because winning at home was the ultimate. Well that will be the forever best highlight for this franchise winning at home, it was awesome. But apparently that fan must not have care about the Riders after that or been on his death bed and got his wish or cursed this team.

Why is it that as Rider fans we have to live with this. Four cups in over a 100 years of existence, one first place finish in the last 40 years, never long streaks of making the playoffs. We can't even go a long time with constantly winning like Edm in the 70's-90s or Calgary since 2005 and BC with many winning seasons. Even the Bombers have been in first place more than us even with there woeful years and not winning a cup in decades.

I don't expect the Riders win all the time, that way it isn't so depressing. But how does a franchise not win more? Our best period was mid 60-mid 70's and how did that end up? Tony Gabriel is the answer. And 07-13 was the best ever for winning two championships but then we fell off. That was only 7 years and we had one year missing the playoffs and another with Micheal Bishop.

I for one am hoping that this new stadium will bring about a much better team for us. When they talk of Mosiac memories, there is too much heartbreak, frustration and depression compared to feelings of joy and excitement. It is too easy to pick out the best moments as there have not been enough of them. Eskimos fans would have too many memories to remember in Commonwealth. This farewell season can't end fast enough now.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness the Pats have almost completed their Rebuild and will be an Elite team in the WHL this season.

tskware said...

I keep hearing about these "true" fans. Can you explain to me what a "true" fan is? Do they send you a certificate in the mail? Do you have to apply to be one? Is there an exam? Who decides who becomes a "true" fan? Its not fair to others that you keep this info to yourself. Share with all of us so we can all have the "true fan" label!

Anonymous said...

The guy or gal above who suggests moving on from Durant is playing the fool. Easy to say 'replace the franchise' QB. Who would replace DD? Look at Montreal after AC retired! Pretty grim picture at QB there. DD has at least five good years left. He is better than before and has the experience to win once a team is built around him. He has shown resilience in the face of adversity. He is our only hope for a Grey Cup before 2020.

Old Hank

tskware said...

First half was more of the same terrible football with defence showing some life. Second half was a totally different team. They played a weaker opponent this week no doubt, but they showed many positive signs in the second half. Defence played reasonably well against a good offence, but I question the conditioning of some of the guys on the DL. I think they will split the games against WPG. Season is over but maybe they can play some competitive football in the 2nd half of the season and give us some hope.

Anonymous said...

I like Chris Jones.

Forrest Gump

polkabill504 said...

I wish Jones wouldn't say "We are a good team".No reason to try to fool anyone..Maybe they are good character guys, maybe they work hard, maybe they practice hard.. But they are way short on talent.Who would pick up any of our DLine or secondary if we released them all?. I hope we are a .500ball club by Labour Day 2017 but have my doubts as our preseason will continue through 2016 and probably the better part of 2017.Need some veteran leadership on the defensive side of the ball. This is real hard to take. If the Bombers sweep them we will have reached the "Epitome of Futility". Polkabill from the Peg

tskware said...

Drop or not Holley looks good. There is a reason he has been on the roster. It wont be a hell of a run. Too late too little for that now. But would be nice to see some progress and good football in the last half of th season.

tskware said...

Yes i think there is progress. A good performance next week would help confirm that. 10,000 fans did not travel to the game, but appreciate those that did. The fans won't have any impact on how quickly the team does or doesn't turn around. Better game, still a loss. Hope for a win against WPG.

Anonymous said...

Holley could be the next Bowman. The Riders need to hang onto him and let him develop into the star that he is destined to be.

tskware said...

Both Edm is worse and Riders are better.

tskware said...

Maybe but not as bad as in the past. Fulton helped. Dline is getting better but a ways to go. DL needs more talent and experience and better conditioning. Mistskes they made look as much like being tired as anything else.

tskware said...

Good point. If they were competitive right from the start it might be different but if this rebuild takes a couple of years how long will DD play? If this team hits its peak when he is 36 and he is done a year later where does that leave them? Lined up for a year or two of QB development?

Anonymous said...

This is an oldie but a goodie. It is NFL but applies to the Riders.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwq7BYOnDrM

And I agree with a previous post about the relative futility of the franchise. Grey Cup wins and home playoff games have been memorable because of their scarcity as opposed to their wonderment. 1989 and 2013 were incredible though.

Like I have said many times, when in a nine-team league (or eight) the Cups should not be so hard to procure. Retool not blow up and start from zero.

If the excitement of a new stadium was not on the horizon I would not have renewed my season tickets. I can get better seats for less on kijiji...if I really wanted to drive three hours to watch a garbage fire.

tskware said...

No he has a good point. I like Durant too, but its something the GM needs to consider. Part of managing a team. Once a player gets to the 36 age range you never know what will happen. He might have 5 good years left best case scenario, but he might not. If he doesn't I garauntee fans will be asking why CJ never considered that possibility.

Anonymous said...

If they don't fix the O-line Durrant won't last this year let alone 5 years from now.

Labatte goes down and the whole line is wrecked, I don't buy that theory.

Calgary retools their O-line annually because every off-season 2 or 3 of them get an NFL opportunity.

Anonymous said...

A true fan does not give up on their team. ( Toronto Maple Leaf Fan for instance) Passionate fans show all their emotions good and bad with their team but in the end they are there through it all. If it's painful to watch them go through this phase you are probably a true fan.

Anonymous said...

Toronto Maple Leaf Fan ? Are they still in the NHL? Please do not lower the Riders to that Level that is just to low.

Anonymous said...

Okay I am not trying to troll or run you guys to the ground, I am an Edmonton fan straight up…whoever says Durant should go is an idiot, I have really watched his play this year and even not being a fan of him I will say I have respect for him…this guy is doing everything in his power to win you football games, he has no Dressler or Getzlaf and now Bagg due to injury but man he is trying with everything he has to win for you. If Jones throws him to the wolves in the offseason you need to throw him to the wolves because he is destroying you guys bad. Your offence has decent skill but your defence is in serious question. I love good competition and feel all fans of the Cfl deserve to see a competitive team…Jones/Reynolds need to stop talking and start showing you people that the team have pieces to go around for a rebuild…I am not trying to be a ass by saying you don't have things happening but if you don't show more then 3 wins what has actually been accomplished this year, this doesn't show any positive for a rebuild and we need all teams staying competitive with one another to keep the Cfl interesting and loved by all Canadians.

Lyle Pederson said...

Am I the only one tired of the 'only 4 cups in 100 years'? (Common fallback by other teams when we win ... and some locals when we don't) Have watched this team in half those years and until salary cap was introduced SK did well to survive ... often on a shoestring budget. And in those first 50 years teams were largely composed of local guys. Odds of having the same talent pool as a Toronto were nil. But still won the west way more than the odds would suggest. (Someone said how well Calgary has done since '05. Really? Check the records. We have won two cups and been in 4 cup games!)

Easy to go negative in the down times but this old guy thinks SK still has at least some of that 'never quit' that is what allowed this province to survive. (And many of us to reap the rewards) The Rider's survival exemplifies exactly that SK mentality. It's more than just a game.



w said...

The post by the anonymous Edmontonian should get post of the year. May be the most credible assessment of all time.

dave said...

Ho Hum another win for the the Grey Cup Champs over the riders who are easily CFL worst team AGAIN ,the Eskies toyed with the riders than Reilly said enough play time and marched the ball down field next drive and put the lowly riders to rest ,easy as 1-2-3.The Eskies even dominated with their back up running back in Bell.

Anonymous said...

NFL time boys

Anonymous said...

Somebody posted--"NFL time boys"

That's real patriotic.

What do you do on Nov. 11th, Moon the guys at the Legion?

Anonymous said...

What the hell has that got to do with the NFL comment. Besides, November 11 is celebrated in the USA also. Idiot comment.
Danny

Anonymous said...

4 years ago your politically incorrect eskimos finished last for the 5th year in a row.

Anonymous said...

Let's take out the Bombers back 2 back. Go Riders

Anonymous said...

Tskware has too much time on his hands this weekend.

Anonymous said...

What the hell has that got to do with the NFL comment. Besides, November 11 is celebrated in the USA also. Idiot comment.
Danny


Danny boy. Nov 11th is NOT a holiday in the US.

Evan Wiome said...

Yes it is. It is popularly known as Veterans Day.