Ottawa Redblacks CFL Prediction: 2019 Season Preview and Odds
The Ottawa Redblacks are entering their sixth CFL season and they have been wildly successful in the first five, winning three East Division titles and reaching three Grey Cups, winning it in 2016.
Ottawa ran away with another East Division title thanks to an 11-7 record. The Redblacks were the only team in the division with a winning mark and finished three ahead of Hamilton. Ottawa closed the regular season on three-game winning streak and carried that over into the East Final, where it routed the Ticats 46-27 to earn a trip to Edmonton and the 106th Grey Cup. However, the Redblacks ran into a powerful Calgary side and lost 27-16. The Stamps had lost close in the Grey Cup the previous two seasons.
Ottawa Redblacks Acquisitions and Moves
The Redblacks only lost their starting quarterback, top two receivers, starting running back and left tackle, and their offensive coordinator this off-season. Quarterback Trevor Harris, who threw for CFL playoff record six touchdown passes in the East Final win over Hamilton, signed with the Eskimos. Harris appeared in 17 regular-season games in 2018, completing 431 of 615 pass attempts for 5,116 yards and 22 touchdowns. He replaces Mike Reilly as Edmonton’s starter.
Dominique Davis beat out former B.C. Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings for the starting job to replace Harris. Davis signed with the Redblacks last year and saw action in eight games, completing 24 of 39 passes for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Meanwhile, 1,000-yard running back William Powell is now with Saskatchewan, receiver Greg Ellington with Edmonton and Diontae Spencer trying to make it with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Left tackle SirVincent Rogers also went to Edmonton. Mossis Madu will replace Powell, while Brad Sinopoli leads the group of pass-catchers. The club added Philippe Gagnon, a former second overall pick, and this year’s first round pick Alex Fontana (Toronto native who played at Kansas) to the offensive line.
Offensive coordinator Jamie Elizondo resigned to take the same job with the Tampa Bay XFL franchise that is coached by Marc Trestman. The Redblacks will use a committee to run the offence.
2019 Ottawa Redblacks CFL Schedule
The Redblacks were 0-3 vs. the Stampeders last year including the Grey Cup, losing each by double digits. Ottawa gets a chance for payback on Saturday as it opens in Calgary as a 7.5-point underdog. The Redblacks host the Stamps in Week 7. Ottawa’s byes are Weeks 3, 12 and 17. The Redblacks don’t face rival Toronto until Week 13 and don’t visit the Argos until Weeks 18 & 20. Three of the final four are on the road before hosting Montreal to close the regular season.
Ottawa Redblacks CFL Prediction and Odds
Ottawa is not favoured to win another East Division title at +187 – Hamilton is at +123. The Redblacks are +900 to win the Grey Cup. We project a 9-7 regular-season mark, one game worse than the Ticats in the East. No return trip to the Grey Cup with all those player losses.