The Edmonton Elks will have the most difficult task in squaring off with the CFL best today when they play on the road against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at IG Field. Both teams have headed in opposite directions in 2022. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers continued flexing their muscles and maintaining their status of CFL supremacy, while the Edmonton Elks rebuild has not come to fruition in 2022 and has not solidified a playoff spot this season. Even though there is the slimmest chance mathematically for the green and gold for a postseason appearance in 2022, the product on the field has not been consistent enough to prove doubters wrong on a regular basis.
EDMONTON ELKS DEPTH CHART
The only change to the Edmonton Elks offence will be at SB with the recent free agent acquisition on September 13, 2022, in Lucky Jackson. Edmonton fans are hoping that the product out of Western Kentucky can keep that name Lucky going, and play like another Lucky in Lucky Whitehead. The one thing that has shown signs of promise for the Edmonton Elks offence, is the balanced attack since the signings of both WR Dillon Mitchell and RB Kevin Brown who will be key figures in any offensive attack against the league’s best defence.
The offensive line with LT Martez Ivey, LG David Foucault, C Mark Korte, RG Tomas Jack-Kurdyla, and RG Andrew Garnett, will have their hand full in protecting Taylor Cornelius.
And rightfully so.
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS DEPTH CHART
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers might be going through some injuries as well just like all teams this time of the year as the season winds down toward the playoffs. The one big difference also is when you have a well-established club like the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who have been the measuring stick in the last three seasons, all you can do is hope for the best for a game in which the Edmonton Elks can show some improvement down the stretch of their remaining 3 games.
The last and only meeting this season was back in week 7 in which the Winnipeg defence countered the Edmonton offensive line with 5 sacks, while the Winnipeg defence only had 1 interception against Taylor Cornelius. In the end, Edmonton would suffer a 24-10 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers that day which ironically, Edmonton had controlled the clock in which they had a time of possession for a total of 37:14, compared to Winnipeg at 22:46.
Another positive for Edmonton in that game was that due to the inconsistent play at quarterback from then starter Nick Arbuckle, it was when Taylor Cornelius would come in also due to the current injury at the time with 2022 1st round pick Tre Ford. Taylor Cornelius did do some good things out there in which he was able to spread the ball offensively. The running game was stagnant like it has been for the majority of the season until Kevin Ford took the reins as a starter for the last 5 games this season.
In the end, the remaining 3 games primarily for the Edmonton Elks will be more along the lines of current roster players competing for spots next season. However, it would be great for the green and gold to collect another victory in the win column.
Antler Up Edmonton! Lets put up a fight against the CFL best.
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