After three games the Eskimos are needing the smelling salts. Knocked down and messed up in three straight games in the final quarter one could wonder if they are feeling a bit punchy.
The Eskimos have struggled to make progress and usually have no one else to blame but themselves due either to penalties or turnovers killing their momentum. Three touchdowns in three games is a pretty significant indictment on the team.
If the Eskimos expect to get on the winning side of the ledger than the offence has to come through. Ricky Ray and his receivers have made mistakes at key times in all three games.
Until Calvin McCarty put the ball on the turf Saturday the running game had generally been getting the job done for the team. The defence has struggled against the run, giving up major runs in two of three games that led to touchdowns for the opposition.
Part of this may be down to injuries on the offensive and defensive lines which means playing without their first choice fronts. There must be some accountability by the players, they cannot afford to continue to make these major mistakes.
So the next few games against Winnipeg, BC, and Toronto might help cure the woes the team is having right now. Winnipeg have lost Buck Peirce at least for the next game which might give the Esks their best chance to get a win.
BC after beating Edmonton have been looking rather ordinary against Saskatchewan and Montreal. They were awful for the most part in the first game of the season. Only the Eskimos self constructed disaster saved them.
Toronto and Calgary will be the next two big games and the Eskimos have to have righted the ship by then. If not they could be ripe for finishing out of the playoffs this year.
Campbell and Stamps need to stop making mistakes at key points. Collectively they have dropped three sure touchdowns in two games.
Coaches on the other hand need to continue to shake up the offence get the opposing defences off their rhythm. Zabransky has done a good job in coming in as relief but he needs to do more than trick plays otherwise the other side will know whats coming.
The other key is to get Whitlock more involved early. Running backs run best when they have lots of carries. As he gets in gear he will go back to being a serious threat, something he did for part of the game Saturday against Saskatchewan.
If the Eskimos can fix mistakes, they just might be ready to get back into the race for the west division.