After a full year without football in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and everything going on around the world, the CFL returned in 2021 and did so successfully. They played the entire condensed season that they had set, each team playing their full 14 game schedules while also squeezing in the Grey Cup last weekend in Hamilton which the Winnipeg Blue Bombers came up on top in. It was a good year for the CFL, and has paved the way for an even better year ahead of us for 2022, hopefully a better year for the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks too.
For 2022, the CFL intends on playing a full season like they did prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic. That includes 2 pre-season games per team, 18 regular season games and 3 weeks of playoff football. The 2022 CFL season will kickoff on Monday May 23rd in week one of the pre-season where the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will play at Mosaic Stadium in Saskatchewan against the Roughriders, and ironically enough the season will end at the exact same location at Mosaic Stadium for the 109th Grey Cup on November 20th, but between those two dates will be a lot of great football.
Looking in at the Ottawa Redblacks’ schedule for the 2022 CFL season, they are back to playing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers! After opening the year off against the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes in the pre-season the Redblacks are to play the Blue Bombers in back to back games to open up the season. Their home opener will be in week 2, against the Blue Bombers on Friday June 17th, following a June 10th game in Winnipeg. They will then have a week 3 bye, prior to playing the B.C Lions at home in week 4, going to Saskatchewan for week 5, Hamilton for week 6, hosting the Alouettes for week 7, travelling to Toronto for week 8 and hosting the Stampeders for week 9 before their next bye week in week 10 of the 2022 CFL season. Coming off of their second bye week, after playing 8 games, against 5 western opponents and 3 eastern opponents, they are to face the Edmonton Elks in back to back games, Montreal and Toronto before another week 15 bye, then the Ottawa Redblacks will play Toronto, B.C, Montreal (back to back), and Hamilton (back to back) to close out the 2022 CFL season. The last regular season game against Hamilton will be on Saturday October 29th at home at TD Place.
The Ottawa Redblacks have gone 6-26 over the last two CFL seasons combined, and will look to make an impact for the 2022 CFL season with a new identity. Stay tuned as they move into the official off-season period, going into 2022.