After locking horns again in week 14 vs the Calgary Stampeders in the Labour Day return game, it appeared at the mid-point of the game that the Edmonton Elks were able to play and compete against their Provincial Rivals. But then again, reality settled in where the well-experienced Calgary Stampeders began to turn things at will.
In the 2nd half of the game, Jake Maier and company began to put their foot on the gas and never looked back. In the end, the Edmonton Elks would experience a massacre by the Calgary Stampeders in all 3 phases of the game losing 56-28.
However, as bad as it looked, there were some baby steps by the club as a whole in which in the 1st half in which some seeds have been planted for the foreseeable future. The offence was led by rookie RB Kevin Brown running for 91 yards on 10 carries. Rookie Dillion Mitchell caught 5 passes for 120 yards. Taylor Cornelius went 23 for 32 for 292 yards, with 2TD passes, and 1 INT.
At the end of the day, the Elks were too overmatched by a much more experienced Calgary Stampeders team.
RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO WIN ANY GAME THIS SEASON
The Edmonton Elks (3-10) will now travel to Regina for a week 15 matchup vs the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-7). With both teams heading in the opposite directions, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are making a case to compete with the west division, along with the possibility of dethroning any reaming playoff spot in the east division via the crossover. The Saskatchewan Roughriders might not be the choice by many to convince the nay-sayers as of yet due to some inconsistencies as a whole. But the Roughriders are still a good team.
Whether Edmonton likes it or not, time is also running out to break the long 14-game losing streak at home which has now been tied with the formally called Ottawa Rough Riders (July 19th, 1987 – October 22nd, 1988). Any win will be needed from the last 5 games for the 2022 Edmonton Elks.
EDMONTON ELKS DEPTH CHART
The Elks will welcome back both QB Tre Ford, along with DT Christian Rector for the 1st time since week 5. Both will be slotted behind Taylor Cornelius and Jake Ceresna respectively.
The Edmonton Elks offensive line will remain the same for last week which will be LT Martez Ivey, LG David Foucault, C Mark Korte, RG Thomas Jack-Kurdyla, and RT Andrew Garnett.
Once again the offensive line will have to be effective with consistency to have any chance of causing an upset in one of the more intimidating environments in the CFL.
Even though the Elks running game has been non-existent this year, it has been a 180 in the last 2 games. For the 1st time this season, the running game has finally been a factor in creating a balanced offence which will only help take the burden off the shoulders no matter who is at quarterback in relying solely on the passing game.
The backs and receivers remain the same with WR Dillion Mitchell, SB Derel Walker, RB Ante Litre with Kevin Brown (who will get a lot of reps in both rushing and receiving), FB Tanner Green, R Jalin Marshall, along with WR Vincent Forbes-Mombleau.
EDMONTON ELKS INJURY LIST
SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS DEPTH CHART
Two X-factors in this game will be the battle of the trenches. With the Elks sitting last in rushing yards per game, they also have the unfortunate stat of also having the worse run defence in the league.
Trying to create pressure vs the Saskatchewan offensive line will be a turning point during the duration of the game. In doing so, the Elks defence will have to frustrate Cody Fajardo as much as they can. He has looked good at times. However, he also looked pretty average at times during the season thus far.
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