The Edmonton Elks enter week 10 after suffering a humiliating loss in week 9 vs the BC Lions where they were completely embarrassed in a 46-14 loss. But the one thing about football is whether you are bad, good, or great team, is to have a short memory and look ahead towards your next opponent. Because after all, anybody can win during any week regardless of a team’s current record. If there are and recent positive motivation for the Edmonton Elks in week 10, then look no further than last Thursday, August, 11th, 2022 in which the Montreal Alouettes with a 2-6 record entered a hostile environment in Winnipeg to take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with a prefect 9-0 record. Hard work paid off in a 20-17 OT win by Montreal.
What to Look For
The Edmonton Elks (2-6) will host the Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-4) at Commonwealth Stadium in which they will try and break their current home losing streak that currently sits at 10 games. If there was a time to break that record, why not do tis against a divisional rival?
The one positive about the Edmonton Elks is that they will face a Saskatchewan Roughriders team that ever since they started with a 4-1 record, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost 3 games in a row. The losing streak began with back-to-back games vs Toronto, and lone game thus far vs BC. Moreover, Edmonton goes into their week 10 tilt with a lot more bodies coming back from injuries.
Unfortunately, 2 key figures in both defensive back Aaron Grymes, and running back James Wilder Jr are still out and are still listed on the 6-game injured list. The unfortunate thing for Edmonton fans, is Aaron Grymes has been on the 6-game injured list since the 2022 season began. One would wonder if he will play at all this season. He is without a doubt one of the heart and soul players on the defense, and is surely missed every game thus far in the 2022 season. For James Wilder Jr, you hope he comes back at some point this season to even just have a bit more of a running game. Because after all, aside from not finishing off drives in the red zone on a consistent basis, the running game has been non-existent this year for the Edmonton Elks.
Edmonton Elks Week 10 Depth Chart
Pressure, Pressure, and Pressure
Cody Fajardo currently sits with 1143 pass attempts, 798 completions, 9 touchdown passes, along with 6 interceptions. Although he looks good at times, he had not been great. With that said, Edmonton should not overlook his abilities as he can still make great plays when needed. With the Edmonton offense suspect throughout the season, the Edmonton defense has to come up big and rattle Cody Fajardo during the duration of the game. Furthermore, if there is a game for motivation where you are playing a team with a 500 record or above, this game will be very beneficial for the Edmonton Elks. It will at least ease a little of the pain for Edmonton fans in which they already experienced a blowout loss 59-15 vs BC in week 1, a blowout loss 49-6 to Calgary in week 5, and most recently vs BC in a blowout loss 46-14 in week 9.
The Edmonton Wall on Honour
The great thing about this game is that 3 more will be added to the Edmonton Elks Wall of Honour. Jim Germany, Joe Hollimon, and Ed Jones will be forever enshrined at Commonwealth Stadium.
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