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Elks Get the Monkey off Their Backs: 2023 Playoff Dreams Still Alive

After what must have felt like a lifetime, Edmonton Elks fans can finally bask in the sunshine. The Elks brought an end to a 22-game losing streak by downing the Ottawa Redblacks 30-20 at Commonwealth Stadium last weekend. Led by rising star Tre Ford, the Elks have now secured two wins in a row after starting the season 0-9 and ended a winless run on their home ground that spanned 1415 days, dating all the way back to October 12, 2019.

Tre Ford Dominates Again, Leads Elks to Historic Home Win

In an eye-catching performance, Tre Ford, the second-year quarterback of the Edmonton Elks, achieved two career-best accomplishments in the match. First, he surpassed 300 passing yards for the first time in his career, completing 15 of 18 passes for a total of 317 yards, including a touchdown. In addition to his passing achievements, Ford showcased his running abilities, recording 10 carries for 74 yards and a rushing touchdown. Notably, he had three rushes of over 10 yards each.

Over the last three matches under Ford’s leadership, the Edmonton Elks have averaged 25 points per game in offence and 244 passing yards per match. Remarkably, he was only sacked on four occasions while managing 15 successful escape runs, helping his team to an average of 167 rushing yards per match. Ford’s incredible effort saw him awarded with recognition on the CFL/ Pro Football Focus Honour Roll for week 12, marking his second consecutive week on the prestigious list.

Although Ford occasionally faces challenges in reading defences, his agility allows him to evade trouble through running. Furthermore, he possesses the skill to adjust his throwing angles to find open receivers, which significantly contributes to the team’s offensive strategy. With their performances in the last two matches, the Edmonton Elks have now guaranteed that they will not finish the season with the CFL’s worst record, which currently stands at 1-17.

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Edmonton Playoff Prospects

The Edmonton Elks are basking in their newfound optimism as they aim to turn their CFL season around both on the field and in the back office. Rick LeLacheur’s return as interim president and CEO brings much-needed stability to the team’s front office and reinforces their efforts to rebound.

It’s now all systems go for the Elks, who are still in the hunt for a playoff spot and could push past the 3-8 Calgary Stampeders in the standings when the sides meet for a back-to-back Labour Day Series. Edmonton will face the Stampeders on September 4 in Calgary before returning to their home patch for the rematch on September 9.

The upcoming games hold the potential to not only change the course of the Elks’ season but also redefine their position in the competitive league.

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