Elks already in playoff mode as the team prepares for Riders – Edmonton

Edmonton Elks head coach Chris Jones this week channeled New England Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick as he discussed his team’s 14-46 loss to the BC Lions on Saturday.

“The game is over and we move on to our next opponent who is Saskatchewan,” Jones said Tuesday. “You can’t win anything by talking about it.

“(We) have done everything we’re going to do.”

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It’s the third time this season the Elks have lost in a one-sided manner, but this is the first time the team has quickly turned the page.

The Elks (2-6) welcome the Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-4) to The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday. It is the second meeting of the season between the two football teams after the Elks lost 26:16 to the Riders on June 18.

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Not much has happened for the Elks this season, but Saturday’s game marks the first time the team has managed to win against a team in the CFL’s Western Division.

A win would move the Elks to fourth place in the division, within two points of the Riders — an important position considering fourth-place West means a playoff berth in East via crossover rule. Jones said Saturday’s game means a lot.

“Especially like. We have a good opponent coming in,” he said. “They come from a bye and they come to us in a must-win situation.

“We have to approach this like a playoff game.”

The Elks were toe-to-toe in their last clash with the Riders but saw a lead slip away late in the fourth quarter. The Elks led the Stampeders for 39 minutes on the road in Calgary, but blew away another lead. Against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at home, the Elks conceded only seven completed passes to quarterback Zach Collaros but still lost 24-10.

Elks receiver Manny Arceneaux said good teams find ways to win and it’s time his team embraced some more prosperity.

“We keep shooting ourselves in the foot and we need to stop losing games,” he said. We need to lock ourselves in and be a little more focused, communicating too much and mastering the details.

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“You have to perform for 60 minutes, which is required because you can’t win the game in a quarter or two or three quarters. I told the guys it’s okay to be up front on a team and actually know you can win a game.”

Edmonton Elks wide receiver Manny Arceneaux looks focused in a game against the BC Lions on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

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Listen below: Edmonton Elks receiver Manny Arceneaux says it takes faith and execution for the team to win games.

Kick-off on Saturday between the Elks and Riders at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium is at 8pm. 630 CHED will be broadcast live immediately Countdown to kick-off at 6:30 p.m

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