After well over a full calendar year without any CFL football, the wait is over. The CFL made the announcement Monday that the league will return to play on Thursday August 5th when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Hamilton Tiger Cats and with a full schedule released from that date through December 12th for a 2021 CFL Grey Cup.
For the Ottawa Redblacks’ 2021 CFL schedule they are now set to kickoff in Edmonton on Saturday August 7th. The matchup will feature a new look Edmonton Elks and will be another revenge game for both sides as we watch Trevor Harris, Greg Ellingson, Jonathan Rose and company play their former club. The Redblacks will then be on a bye week to start the season in week 2, regrouping to travel to Saskatchewan where they will play the season’s only game against the Roughriders. The August 21st matchup against the Riders will be headlining the Ottawa Redblacks’ running backs as they face former 1,000 yard Redblacks rusher William Powell.
Following two games on the road to start the 2021 CFL season in week 4 the Ottawa Redblacks will host Rick Campbell and the B.C Lions. This will be the first game at TD Place since November 1st of 2019 and it will be the first time that Campbell coaches against the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday August 28th. The Redblacks will then host the Alouettes on the Friday night of Labor Day weekend, ending the streak of 3 straight Saturday games for the Redblacks. They will then be hosted by the B.C Lions on September 11th at 10:00 EDT and later begin their stretch of divisional games playing Hamilton twice, Toronto twice and Montreal three more times all divided by just two home games against the Elks and Stampeders.
What sticks out the most in the 2021 CFL schedule for the Ottawa Redblacks is how the team has four matchups against the Montreal Alouettes, none against Paul LaPolice’s and Matt Nichols’ former Winnipeg Blue Bombers and just one against both the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders. The team has bye weeks in both week 2 and 7, and will have home games against the B.C Lions, Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tiger Cats, Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts.