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Takeaways from Esks’ loss to Ti­cats, which begs the ques­tion: IS IT Even WORTH Talk­ing about THE Play­offs?

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS - Gerry Mod­de­jonge’s

A de­mor­al­iz­ing 42-12 de­feat at the hands of the league-lead­ing Hamil­ton Tiger-cats saw the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos miss out on a chance to se­cure at least a cross­over spot in the Cana­dian Foot­ball League play­offs.

And while they are still firmly in con­trol of their post-sea­son des­tiny, need­ing just one more win over their re­main­ing three games, is it some­thing that’s even worth talk­ing about any­more?

Af­ter all, the Eski­mos have yet to beat a team ahead of them in the stand­ings this sea­son, while go­ing just 3-5 on the road. That’s not ex­actly a for­mula for suc­cess for a team whose likely path to the Grey Cup fi­nal in Cal­gary runs through Mon­treal, where they fell 20-10, and Hamil­ton, where they just suf­fered their most lop­sided loss of the year Fri­day in giv­ing up 40 points for the first time.

And with it, an Eski­mos team that hit the half­way point of the sea­son with a 6-3 record has gone on to lose five of its last six games.

And at this point, they ap­pear just as likely to fall back­wards into a cross­over play­off spot with the three teams be­low them los­ing, rather than the Eski­mos win­ning their own way in them­selves.

Here is what’s be­come all too ob­vi­ous in Fri­day’s loss in Hamil­ton:

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Eski­mos run­ning back Chris­tion Jones is tack­led by a swarm of Tiger-cats in Hamil­ton on Fri­day.

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