The 2017 CFL schedule contains tricky paths for eight of the nine teams. What follows is my breakdown of the most difficult part of each team’s schedule:
BC Lions: The Lions open the season at home against Edmonton before playing three straight road games against Eastern Division teams. The guess here is with eight days between the second and third games that the Lions will opt to go home for a couple days.
Calgary Stampeders: The Stamps play three of their first four games on the road and begin the season with back-to-back games against Ottawa, which upset Calgary in the Grey Cup. Calgary also plays five Eastern Division teams in the first seven weeks of the season.
Edmonton Eskimos: Beginning in week 9, the Eskimos play four straight division opponents, including a traditional back-to-back series with Calgary. They open with four of their first six games at home, giving them a chance at a fast start.
Hamilton TigerCats: Beginning in week 3, Hamilton plays six straight games against Western Division opponents, with the road games at Saskatchewan, Calgary and Edmonton.
Montreal Alouettes: The first six games include one game against all five Western Division teams and one game with Eastern Division rival Ottawa. Another dangerous stretch comes later in the season with three of four on the road, including trips to BC and Calgary.
Ottawa REDBLACKS: The REDBLACKS don’t get a true week off until the 18th week of the season, and they play four of five on the road before that. They then play one more game, against Hamilton, before getting another week off.
Saskatchewan Roughriders: Beginning in week 13, the Roughriders play three of four on the road. The road games are against Eastern Division teams, and the one division game is against Calgary. Oh, yeah, and they open the new stadium against hated Winnipeg.
Toronto Argonauts: The fact that the Argos have a reasonable schedule is the biggest news of all. This team has had unusually long road trips or home stands over the past few seasons. This year, there are no more than two straight on the road or at home.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Beginning in week 7, the Blue Bombers play four of five on the road with games at Ottawa, Hamilton, Montreal and Saskatchewan. The only home game in that stretch is against Edmonton.