didn't see a thread discussing this pivotal matchup between two excellent football clubs. Obviously, it's a huge game for both clubs. Ottawa is looking to show the league they are for real and challenge for 1st in the East, while Edmonton wants to keep pace with BC and silence its critics. Edmonton ran away with the game in Week 1, but I don't see that happening again. Here's my thoughts:
Keys for EDM- Contain Josephs running ability, the last game between these two at Frank Clair, he torched the eskimos with his feet. Limit Ranek as much as possible. Easier said than done against the league's 2nd leading rusher, but we shut him down in game one, we can do it again. On offence, EDM must establish the running game which will open up the pass and give Ricky sufficient time to pass.
Keys for OTT- The Gades defence must come to play and shut down the potent Edmonton offense (1st in the league in many offensive categories) in order to have an opportunity to win. I bet they have a had a look at the EDM/WPG film. Also, get Josh Ranek the ball as much as possible to test the Eskimos stellar run defence. The fans in Ottawa MUST show up for this one. If under 20, 000 show up, something is seriously wrong with that city's football fans.
Overall, this should be an excellent game, but I think it's time for the mighty Esks to burst the bubble in our nation's capital.