CFL Preview - Calgary (5-4) at Edmonton (5-4)
From The Sports Network
By Gregg Xenakes, CFL Editor
DATE & TIME: Friday, September 7, 9:00 p.m. (et).
GAME NOTES: The Calgary Stampeders shoot for their third straight win on
Friday night as they tangle with the Edmonton Eskimos, the same team they
faced earlier this week, but this time at Commonwealth Stadium in Alberta.
On Labour Day, Calgary scored the first and last points of the game as they
slipped by the Eskimos for a narrow 31-30 triumph. Getting most of the
accolades for the hosts was quarterback Kevin Glenn, who tossed a seven-yard
TD to Larry Taylor with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to give
his team a one-point advantage despite a failed two-point conversion attempt.
Glenn finished the contest 23-of-30 for 273 yards and two TDs which countered
his two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Joe
Burnett in the fourth quarter to tighten up the meeting. Nik Lewis was his
favorite target once again as the receiver reeled in seven passes for 101
yards, although he did lose one of those receptions on a fumble which is
somewhat of a rarity for Lewis.
Backup quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell actually scored the first TD of the game
on a one-yard run in the first quarter.
Edmonton quarterback Kerry Joseph tossed a couple of touchdowns in the second
quarter for the visitors, but after that he couldn't get another aerial strike
to cross the goal line. Joseph finished 17-of-27 for 311 yards, was
intercepted once and sacked three times. Out on the run, the signal-caller
managed to find the end zone himself on a one-yard effort in the fourth frame.
Joseph was inserted into the lineup when it was determined that regular
starter Steven Jyles was deemed to be unfit to play following an ankle injury
that he suffered during Week 9 action versus Toronto.
Newly resigned Jerome Messam carried the ball seven times for the Eskimos,
resulting in just 32 yards, while Hugh Charles accounted for just 16 yards on
six attempts. Getting the short end of the stick with the return of Messam was
Cory Boyd who ended up as a healthy scratch.
Edmonton now has an embarrassment of riches at the running back position and
yet the team is still tied for fifth in the league with just seven rushing
scores. Strangely enough, even though Boyd has gained close to 500 yards
already this season, he might be the odd man out moving forward with Charles
(520 yards, three TDs) having already earned his stripes with the team.
Where the Eskimos need to be concerned is at the quarterback position since
the squad ranks last in the league with 2,227 yards and has more interceptions
(10) than passing scores (nine). Only Winnipeg, a team which has used three
starters at the QB spot already, has fewer passing TDs with just eight.
Over on the other side, it is not as though Glenn is lighting up the
scoreboard with his passing prowess, but he does have 12 passing TDs and one
of the better completion rates (.679) among the regular starters in the league
heading into action this week. However, the Stamps have tossed a total of nine
picks and are tied for the most lost fumbles in the league with eight, which
means Glenn doesn't always have complete command of the offense.
In fact, Calgary as a whole is currently second-to-last in turnover margin
with a minus-seven, while Edmonton is at the other end of the list with a
plus-seven, which leads the CFL after nine games.
While the Eskimos try to sort out the issue of having too many qualified
running backs, Calgary continues to stick with a proven product in Jon Cornish
who is currently second in the league with 642 yards on 121 carries. Averaging
5.3 yards per attempt, Cornish has scored four times on the ground and also
has one TD resulting from his 23 receptions which have led to an additional
174 yards for the back.
Edmonton leads the all-time series by a commanding 123-83-3, dating back to
the 1949 campaign and only taking into account games played during the regular
season. However, with the win last week the Stamps have now won two straight
and nine of the last 12 encounters between the two squads.
The teams still have two more meetings on the books for the 2012 regular
season, with the next game being played in Calgary later this month and then
the teams closing out the regular season in Edmonton on November 2.
Having just played each other only a few days ago, these teams should know
almost everything about each other which means any small slip by one of the
defenses or special teams could spell disaster.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Calgary 27, Edmonton 20
09/05 11:10:14 ET
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