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Saturday showdown in Ottawa could have strong crossover connotations for Eskimos

It’s gone unspoken around Commonwealth Stadium this week, but Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Redblacks could very well hold playoff implications for the Edmonton Eskimos.

Of course, the green-and-gold-clad crew is more focused on finishing as high as they can in the West Division. But with losses continuing to pile up and divisional foes ahead of them not showing any signs of slowing down, the crossover playoff spot is looking more and more like a real possibility with each passing week.

And with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats already clinching a home playoff game with last week’s 30-27 win at Commonwealth Stadium, and the Montreal Alouettes securely in second, it could certainly come down to the Eskimos (6-7) against Ottawa (3-10) for the third playoff spot in the East Division that so often comes up for grabs.

But with five games still to go, the Eskimos would prefer to think of themselves having more control over their own Western destiny. And they certainly aren’t about to take their foot off the gas and coast into the East.

“The guys are excited to be out here still, working hard – kind of a moniker of what our team is,” said head coach Jason Maas. “Good to be around each other, guys are getting a lot of work in and excited about going to Ottawa and going on this trip.”

Following the game, the Eskimos will remain out east in preparation for a rematch against the Ticats the next Friday.


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