Tomorrow is the big day. CFL regular season opens up with an all West Division match up between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Edmonton Eskimos. I see the Esks winning that one especially with Matt Nichols not playing. But that’s not why you’re here. Here are my predictions for the CFL East Division regular season standings.
East Division Standings:
Toronto Argonauts (11-7)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-9)
Ottawa REDBLACKS (7-11)
Montreal Alouettes (3-15)
There it is my, educated guess, projected standings for the east. Each team except the Alouettes (sorry) has a shot at winning the east this year but I think the Argos will remain the class of the east this season. Here is why I have each team where they are.
The Argos come into the season as the defending Grey Cup champions and I see them going there from the east again this season. They still have one of the best QB-running back combinations in the league with Ricky Ray and James Wilder Jr. S.J Green got back to his regular form last season coming in second in the league in receiving yards and scoring ten times. On the defensive side their defensive backs may be some of the best in the league and overall it is just a solid defence. I don’t see any east team getting past the Argos this season.
The Ti-Cats come into the season with a lot of hype surrounding their current backup QB Johnny Manziel but there is many other reasons to be excited about this team. After a turbulent start June Jones came in and turned the season around. With basically the same coaching staff and a large group of returning players this could be a very good football team. The biggest problem I have with Hamilton is that I am not sold on Jeremiah Masoli being a great starting QB. I’m not saying Manziel is the answer at all but I don’t think Masoli can guide this team to a championship or even to the big game. I do think the Ti-Cats roster is the second best in the east outside of the QB position and they will be in the two spot come the end of the regular season.
This is where I think many people will disagree with me. I think quite a few would have Ottawa in the two spot and Hamilton down in third. I don’t think that the REDBLACKS defence is going to be great this year. They gave up the third least points against last year but it is kind of a statistical anomoly because they were second last in interceptions, last in forced fumbles and on the bottom half of the sacks list. I think Ottawa could give up a lot of points and I don’t know if the offence will be able to keep up.
I don’t think anyone is going to disagree with me here. The Alouettes are a garbage fire and Kavis Reed did nothing in the offseason to put it out. I think the Als could be worse this year than they were last year and I was wavering on even giving them three wins. I don’t see a single positive on this team and I think it is going to be a long hard year for Alouettes fans.
Now that my predictions are all wrapped up I’m just excited to watch some CFL. This should be an interesting season in the east and I think the biggest battle will be between Ottawa and Hamilton for the second seed in the east. I think whoever comes in third will be surpassed by Winnipeg for the third playoff spot in the east. It should be a good battle. Thanks for reading!