Edmonton Eskimos Fighting for Chance to Play in Grey Cup on Home Turf
Taylor Maxston (2L)
It has been just over eight years since Edmonton was the host city for the most prestigious game in Canadian football and the pressure is mounting for the hometown team to be competing in it. After losing in the 2017 West Division final due in large part to a questionable play call with minutes left in the contest, the Edmonton Eskimos are looking to rebound in a big way and give their fans the chance to cheer them on at home in the 106th Grey Cup.
Despite several offseason departures that included two of their best wide receivers in Brandon Zylstra and Adarius Bowman, the Eskimos have shown promise thus far into the regular season and remain in contention for the top spot in the West behind only the intra-provincial rival, the Calgary Stampeders. One big reason for their success is quarterback Mike Reilly, who is coming off back-to-back seasons of more than 5,000 yards passing and could end up as the CFL’s leading passer by the end of the year if he can keep up his pace of nearly 330 passing yards per game. However, a Grey Cup berth will require an average Eskimos defense ranked in the middle of the pack in total points allowed to avoid giving up big plays when they face off against some of the powerhouse offenses around the league. This includes the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who continue to nip at their heels for a higher spot in the divisional standings.
If the Eskimos can manage to avoid being decimated by injuries like last year and improve on their early-season struggles, there is a good chance that fans of the green and gold will get a once in a lifetime chance to cheer on their team in the Grey Cup championship at home. Plenty of seats are still available for the event which will take place on November 25th at Commonwealth Stadium. So, anyone looking for a break from studying for exams should keep the game on their radar!