Looking at last week’s game in a week 13 tilt on the road in Calgary for the annual Labour Day Classic, there were a lot of positives in the game for the Edmonton Elks vs their natural rivals even though it was a 26-18 loss.
Taylor Cornelius has made some good strides this season. In his last 3 starts, he has thrown only 1 interception. He would finish the day going 22 for 33 in pass completions, 2 touchdown passes, and zero interceptions.
Rookie RB Kevin Brown had the best outing in the running game this season that was not Taylor Cornelius. Let’s face it. Edmonton has not been able to run the ball this season which has been a burden on the offense as a whole. Kevin Brown would complete the day by going 45 yards on 5 carries. He would also chip in for 6 receptions for 51 yards.
Rookie WR Dillon Mitchell looked outstanding for the Elks in which the offense had suffered a lot of big blows due to a lot of injuries for the receiving core. He would finish the day 6 receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown.
HOME WIN IS NEEDED THIS YEAR
With only 4 home games remaining (including tomorrow vs Calgary) for the Edmonton Elks, it’s imperative that they break their home losing streak. Edmonton cannot go in history for a team that has been winless at home for 2 seasons in a row. And it won’t get any easier. The remaining home games are as follows:
Saturday, September 10th vs. Calgary
Saturday, October 1st vs Montreal
Saturday, October 15th vs Toronto
Friday, October 21st vs BC Lions
Sometimes professional football can be unforgiving. That is just the nature of the beast. Having a combination of a depleted lineup since the kickoff of the 2022 season, inconsistent play as a whole, key injuries at the wrong time, along with some recent surprise talent on the depth chart; the Edmonton Elks are going to have to finish off the 2022 season by playing with as much pride as can be. Nothing will be better for the Edmonton faithful for the green and gold to get a home victory in the 2022 season. Moreover, to surpass their 3-11 record from last season (2021 shorten season). The remaining games down the stretch will have to be won solely on pride. After all, aside from the obvious, players are now fighting for jobs for next season.
EDMONTON ELKS AND CALGARY STAMPEDERS DEPTH CHARTS
Looking at tomorrow night’s game at Commonwealth Stadium, the Edmonton Elks offensive line will have to stand stall against the Calgary front 7. Aside from being a difficult task, they cannot afford to give up 6 sacks as they did last week in Calgary. Journeyman Shawn Lemon looks like Shawn Lemon as always. He was instrumental in Calgary’s defense last week registering 2 sacks. He has currently tied his sack total of 8 for the season along with the last 2 seasons. With 7 games remaining, hitting double digits sacks is inevitable.
The offensive line of LT Martez Ivey, LG David Foucault, C Mark Korte, RG Tomas Jack-Kurdyla, and RT Andrew Garnett, will have to be consistent when it comes to executing any offensive production whether it will be run blocking or pass blocking. Trying to slow down Calgary’s from 7 in DE Folarin Orimolade, DT Derek Wiggan, DT Mike Rose, DE Shawn Lemon, WILL LB Cameron Judge, MIKE LB Jameer Thurman, and SAM LB Kobe Williams will be vital for any success in getting a win at home. They will have to find a way to win the battle of the trenches. Kobe Williams will play SAM LB from his natural DB position.
NEED TO KNOW
MAKE COMMONWEALTH STADIUM LOUDFor the first time in many years, the attendance at Commonwealth Stadium has not been too presentable to say the least during the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Its obvious that the the Edmonton Elks have not faired well in the win department. With that said, and hosting your Provincial Rivals, there comes a time where a city has to come together. Even if is a season to be much less forgotten, Edmontonians should take this opportunity coming to Commonwealth Stadium and making it a loud environment as it was in the past. Carry that tradition wearing the green and gold and pack the seats. It’s your rival attending. Make it a difficult time for Calgary.
Antler Up Edmonton! Lets get a win at Commonwealth Stadium.
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