After losing two of their last three games, the Edmonton Eskimos were looking to get back in the ‘win column’ against the visiting Toronto Argonauts. Toronto stayed in Alberta after playing in Calgary last Thursday while the Eskimos flew home right after the Montreal game. It was a short week for the Eskimos and to complicate matters DaVaris Daniels, Forrest Hightower and C.J. Gable would not be available this week.
The Argonauts are the only winless team in the CFL after week seven but they are not as bad as their record suggests. Last week in Calgary, the Argonaut offence put up 417 yards but still lost the game 26-16. The biggest reason were the seven turnovers they committed. If the Argonauts were going to change their fortunes, they would have to avoid turning the ball over against an Eskimo defence that has feasted on a few teams.
Both teams struggled on offence in the first half. While the Eskimos were able to move the ball against Toronto, they turned the ball over twice in Argonaut territory taking points off the board. Meanwhile, the Argonauts continued their offensive woes as they had difficulty moving the ball against an Eskimo defence that created a couple of turnovers and sacked quarterback Bethel-Thompson four times! Despite an solid first half by the Eskimo defence, the score was only 13-0.
Despite having some success against the Stampeder’s last week, the Argonaut offence could not reproduce that again this week. Although the Eskimos did not sack Bethel-Thompson or his replacement quarterback Dakota Prukop, they continued to pressure the Argonaut quarterbacks and limiting their effectiveness. Toronto only had 109 yards of offence in the first half and things did not get much better in the second half.
Prukop threw two interceptions in the third quarter and the Argonauts went back to Bethel-Thompson in the fourth quarter. His return did not change anything as the Eskimo defence continued their dominance. When the final gun sounded the Argonauts only had 207 yards and were shut out on the scoreboard. The Argonauts could not move the ball on the ground or through the air and their winless streak continued. It certainly was going to be a long flight home.
Up next for the Eskimos is a trip to Calgary to play the Stampeder’s who were victorious on the road in Ottawa. It will be a battle for second place as both teams are 4-2 heading into the game. For the Eskimos, they will be looking to change their fortunes against their southern counterparts. They have not won in Calgary since 2015 and if the team is going to be successful in the playoffs, they are going to have to find a way to defeat the Stampeder’s.