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5 THINGS: No victories, even ethical ones, for the Edmonton Elks

The top lead to Edmonton’s case stays the sum of zero, as in checks within the W column. And that is not more likely to change subsequent week in opposition to a visiting B.C. Lions staff that sits atop the West Division with only one loss

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Welcome again to a different version of everybody’s favorite program, Beating the Useless Horse.

It’s the post-game present the place we mop up the most recent loss by the Edmonton Elks, who simply filmed their eleventh episode with out a win.

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Let’s check out the contestants:

One involves us with a formidable resume after reaching the final three Gray Cup finals and profitable two, however with an getting old core group, some say could quickly be over the hill.

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The opposite has dug themselves into such a gap this season, at 0-7, that every part seems like an uphill battle.

Listed here are 5 components to contemplate following Thursday’s 28-14 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at IG Subject:

1. NO MORAL VICTORIES

At this level, Edmonton will take any kind of victory they will get. And hanging with the Canadian Soccer League’s powerhouse for one half of soccer is much more credit score than they’d coming into this one.

However the one factor they managed to do in the long run was hold Winnipeg from protecting a 15-point unfold, which doesn’t assist them within the standings.

For the third time this season, the Elks went into halftime with the sport tied. This one 6-6, after their defence pressured three turnovers, together with two on short-yardage makes an attempt by the Bombers. And two got here on Winnipeg’s opening drives, whereas Edmonton’s offence didn’t convert them into any kind of factors and seize maintain of some essential early momentum.

2. DEAD ZONE

Edmonton made two journeys to the crimson zone Thursday, each of which resulted in turnovers, the primary an interception on an interception and the second on downs.

However give them credit score for one large, explosive play on an 80-yard landing catch by Dillon Mitchell for his first of the yr, which got here in response to a 70-yard strike from Zach Collaros to Nic Demski.

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However with that lone landing in 13 drives by Edmonton, Taylor Cornelius stays in the back of the pack with simply 5 touchdowns on 71 drives for a league-low seven per cent — or one in each 14 drives.

3. BEST VS. WORST

Collaros got here into this week because the league-leading passer with probably the most yards and touchdowns to his credit score, to associate with the very best passer score of 112.7. Cornelius, alternatively, stays the lone beginning quarterback within the league with a sub-60 completion share.

So, what did the Elks do? They adopted the blueprint of Ottawa Redblacks fourth-stringer Dustin Crum, who used his legs to win his inaugural CFL begin in final week’s 19-point comeback victory over the Blue Bombers.

And it labored, if solely at first, with Cornelius scrambling up a team-leading 57 yards on 4 carries. However solely two of these yards got here within the second half, when — after giving up 158 dashing yards to quarterbacks over the earlier two halves — the Bombers had been in a position to make the required changes.

4. RUN DOWN

On the similar time, the fourth quarter noticed Winnipeg draw back by going proper after Edmonton’s league-worst rush defence, which managed to carry robust over the primary three quarters.

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However as has been the case over the earlier six losses, the Elks defence runs out of fuel the as the sport goes on, contributing to Brady Oliveira’s game-high 115 yards on 17 carries and a nine-play, 89-yard landing drive that put the nail within the Elks’ coffin.

Edmonton got here in having allowed a league-worst 148 yards per sport, and gave up 129 to the Bombers. Compared, the Toronto Argonauts got here into Friday’s sport surrendering a league-low 65 dashing yards per sport.

5. KICKING THEMSELVES

The complete consideration of the kicking fame fell on ex-Elks place kicker Sergio Castillo, who noticed his streak of 23-straight area targets finish on his first try in opposition to his former staff Thursday, a 45-yard try forward of halftime that Elks rookie return man C.J. Sims barely acquired out of the top zone to protect a 6-6 tie — however that, in itself, is one other story.

Maybe the larger subject for Edmonton is the quantity of area place they divulge to the opposition, with rookie kicker Dean Faithfull (in addition to being simply 75 per cent between the uprights) proudly owning a league-worst kickoff common of 49 yards. He’s the one one sub-50 yards on the checklist, and offers up practically 20 yards to Castillo’s 68-yard kickoff common.

Each time.

Whereas all of it provides up, the top lead to Edmonton’s case stays the sum of zero, as in checks within the W column.

And that’s not more likely to change subsequent week in opposition to a visiting B.C. Lions staff that sits atop the West Division with only one loss.

E-mail: [email protected]

On Twitter: @GerryModdejonge

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