September 14, 2023

Global Game Preview: Elks at Roughriders

The Edmonton Elks look to maintain their current stretch of strong play when they visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium on Friday night.


Kickoff 7:30 p.m. MT
Stadium Mosaic Stadium

Radio: 630 CHED


International: CFL+

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After starting the season 0-9, Edmonton has won three of its last four outings, and is coming off a dramatic 25-23 victory over the Calgary Stampeders last Saturday when the Elks rallied from an 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter with Dean Faithfull kicking the game-winning field goal on the game’s final play. Saskatchewan, meanwhile, is coming off a 51-6 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at IG Field on Saturday to drop to 6-6 on the season.


The Elks are playing their most complete football of the season, with all three facets contributing to the team’s success. Led by quarterback Tre Ford, Edmonton has scored at least 20 points in five consecutive games for the first time since 2018. Defensively, the Green and Gold held Calgary to just 19 yards and forced three two-and-outs in the fourth quarter last Saturday as Edmonton scored 18 unanswered points. And Faithfull has made nine consecutive field goal attempts, the longest active streak in the CFL.

These teams have already played twice this season, with Saskatchewan winning both times, in Week 1 at Commonwealth Stadium and Week 5 at Mosaic Stadium. Edmonton’s last two visits to Mosaic Stadium have been nail-biters: virtually one year ago, on Sept. 16, 2022, the Green and Gold defeated Saskatchewan 26-24 after scoring a field goal with 24 seconds left. with the winning points. On July 6 this year, the Riders beat the Elks 12-11 by scoring a single with just 64 seconds remaining.

Edmonton will be without the services of its TD reception leader, Steven Dunbar Jr., who was placed on the six-game injured list after being hurt against the Stamps last weekend. One of the Elks recently activated from the six-game IL, defensive lineman J-Min Pelley, will be wearing custom-designed cleats to help raise funds for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation through Cleats of Strength presented by MH Care Medical.

With a win, Edmonton would tie Calgary for fourth place in the CFL West Division standings with eight points each, and pull to within four points of the third-place Roughriders.


Be there for Friday Night Football, when the Edmonton Elks battle the BC Lions on Sept. 22 at Commonwealth Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Being part of the action has never been more affordable, with tickets starting at just $15. Click here to get your tickets now and be part of the tradition.

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