REDBLACKS set to welcome back familiar faces on Saturday
The Ottawa REDBLACKS will be back at TD Place on Saturday afternoon, hoping to turn their season around against the Edmonton Eskimos.
The REDBLACKS are coming off a disappointing loss to the BC Lions last week, while the Eskimos are coming off a 30-27 loss to the Ti-Cats at home and haven’t won a game since Week 10, a 41-26 win over the Argos.
Both opponents in Saturday afternoon’s game are on a losing streak, meaning it’s shaping up to be a battle between two hungry teams.
The first time around those two teams met this season, Edmonton came out victorious at home with a win of 16-12 over Ottawa.
After Saturday’s game, the REDBLACKS will have a week off before resuming with action on October 11 at BMO Field for their matchup against the Argos.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Saturday’s game will be the second encounter between the teams. Last time both sides met – Week 9 at Commonwealth Stadium – the Eskimos came out on top with a 16-12 victory.
Trevor Harris didn’t see any action on Week 15 because of an upper-body injury. The Eskimos fell short in Hamilton and lost 30-27 against the Ti-Cats. QB Logan Kilgore got his first start of the season, passing for 223 yards and two touchdowns and ran for one touchdown. Ottawa’s former WR, Greg Ellingson recorded 50 yards and a touchdown. Ellingson is 129 yards away from reaching 1,000 for the 5th consecutive season. Also, RB C.J. Gable is only 140 yards away from reaching a 1,000 yards for a second season in a row. Mike Pringle (2003-2004) was the last player for the Eskimos to reach 1,000 in consecutive season.
The Eskimos (6-7) are on a 4-game losing streak and haven’t won since Week 10, a 41-26 win over the Argos.
Ottawa Redblacks (3-10) will hosts the Edmonton Eskimos (6-7) on Saturday. When the teams met earlier this season it resulted in 16-12 victory for the Eskimos. Redblacks Head coach, Rick Campbell, has stated that quarterbacks Dominique Davis and Jonathon Jennings will share the field on Saturday. Davis has completed 169 passes this season while accumulating 1,846 yards. Jennings has completed 99 passes and obtained 1,096 yards.
A few familiar faces could possibly be back on the field at TD Place on Saturday. Former Redblacks players that now play for the Eskimos:
- QB Trevor Harris (2016-2018): remains listed as a day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- WR Greg Ellingson (2015-2018)
- DL Mike Moore (2016)
- OL Tommie Draheim (2016)
- DB Forrest Hightower (2015-2016)
- OL Colin Kelly (2014-2015)
- INJURED: DL Andrew Marshall (2014-2018) and OL SirVincent Rogers (2015-2019).
The Ottawa Redblacks will try to improve their 1-6-0 record at home to turn things around and come back to their winning ways. They currently sit five games out a playoff position, third place in the East Division. Saturday’s action will be the second last home game before the end of the 2019 season.
REDLACKS OFFENSIVE LEADERS
- Dominique Davis: 1,846 passing yards (9th in CFL)
- John Crockett: 403 rushing yards (8th in CFL)
- Dominique Rhymes: 846 receiving yards (9th in CFL)
ESKIMOS OFFENSIVE LEADERS
- Trevor Harris: 3,706 passing yards (1st in CFL)
- CJ Gable: 860 rushing yards (2nd in CFL)
- Greg Ellingson: 871 receiving yards (6th in CFL)
The Eskimos are on a four-game losing streak, Head Coach Jason Mass and his team haven’t been victorious since August 16th. With 12 pts this season, the Eskimos are fourth place in the West Division, holding the cross over playoff spot over the REDBLACKS. Despite the REDBLACKS only holding one home win this season, the Eskimos have experienced their own woes away from with a road record of 2-4-0.
Edmonton Eskimos @ Ottawa REDBLACKS | Week 16 – September 28, 2019
Kickoff – 7 p.m. EDT | TD Place
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