October 20, 2023

Global Game Preview: Elks at Blue Bombers

The Edmonton Elks close out their regular season on Saturday night when they take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from IG Field.


Kickoff 5:00 p.m. MT
Stadium IG Field

Radio: 103.9 CISN FM 


International: CFL+

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This marks the third and final meeting between the Elks and Bombers. Edmonton is 0-2 this season against Winnipeg, losing on the road on July 20 by a score of 28-14 and falling 39-28 at Commonwealth Stadium on August 10.

The Elks are coming off a 35-21 loss to the Montreal Alouettes in Week 19 and will look to snap a three-game losing streak. Meanwhile Winnipeg is coming off their bye week and is on a two game win streak after impressive wins over the BC Lions and the East division leading Toronto Argonauts.

Second year receiver Dillon Mitchell looks to continue his success against the Blue Bombers. In three career games, the former Oregon Duck has 14 receptions for 289 yards and two touchdowns, with two of Mitchell’s 3 games with 100-plus receiving yards in his career coming against Blue and Gold.

Tre Ford gets his second career start against Winnipeg this season. In his first start on Aug. 10, the Canadian pivot completed 12 of 16 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 50 yards and one touchdown. He enters Week 20 with a QB rating of 102.9, which would be the seventh highest QBR for a season in team history.

Defensively, Jake Ceresna and AC Leonard continue to lead the way for the Double E as they enter Week 20 tied for second in the CFL with 12 sacks apiece. Ceresna and Leonard are each two sacks away from moving into a tie with Bennie Goods (1993 and 1995) and Malvin Hunter (1996) for 10th most sacks in a single season in Edmonton club history (14).

The Elks will also get a boost to their lineup as linebacker Nyles Morgan returns to his regular middle linebacker spot after missing the last two games due to injury. Morgan leads the Elks and sits third in the CFL in tackles with 97 and he can become the fourth player in team history to reach 100 tackles in a season joining Danny Bass, Willie Pless and JC Sherritt.

Manny Arceneaux needs one reception to move into a tie with Travis Moore for 19th all-time in CFL history with 645, and five to equal Green and Gold Wall of Honour member Tom Scott (649) for 18th.

Running back Kevin Brown has joined John Avery, Roy Bell, Johnny Bright, Jim Germany, Normie Kwong, Mike Pringle, Reggie Taylor, and Arkee Whitlock becoming the ninth player in club history to reach 1,100 rushing yards in one season. Brown is 41 yards from tying Mike Pringle (1,141 yards in 2004) for 16th most in a single season in team history.

Edmonton is 102-93-3 in the regular season against Winnipeg. The Green and Gold will look to end a nine-game losing streak to the Bombers on Saturday evening.


The Edmonton Elks are proud members of the Canadian Football League, playing their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

The club, officially renamed the Elks in June of 2021, has a tradition of excellence having won 14 Grey Cup championships (1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015). Since its founding, the club has been community-owned and remains focused on providing outstanding football memories for Edmonton and all of Northern Alberta.

Elks Football…Our Team. Our City.