By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)
WINNIPEG — Five kicks missed on one side, a game-winner on the other. Rarely does a game so clearly come down to the skinny guys behind the tee, but Saturday’s tilt between Edmonton and Winnipeg was just that. In the end, it was Eskimos kicker Sean Whyte with the 53-yard winner, giving his team a 24-23 win in front of 24,179 at Investors Group Field.
You’ve realized then, by process of elimination, it was Winnipeg kicker Lirim Hajrullahu who missed five times. Late in a season that’s gone from below-average to brutal, the sophomore missed field goals from 43, 44, 42, and 40, along with a one-point convert, to total 13 lost points for the Bombers. His record going back isn’t gleaming, either; he’s made just five of his last 13 field goal attempts dating back to September 6 and is just 15-of-21 on one-point converts this season, the lowest make percentage in the CFL.