The CFL is trying to get back to normal after what was a lengthy and uncertain two-year wait from 2019-2021. The wait for last season was unprecedented, and the wait for the next season will be unprecedented as well in how quickly teams return to action by comparison.
The 2022 CFL schedule reflects a return back to normalcy. The regular season is back to 18 games/21 weeks, and the preseason is also back for the Canadian Football League.
The Argos will be setting up training camp in the Spring and playing their first preseason game on Friday, May 27th, in Ottawa against the REDBLACKS. Toronto follows that up with a home preseason tilt the following Friday at BMO Field against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Toronto Argonauts 2022 Schedule Analysis
The Argonauts start the year with a bye, and they also have byes in weeks 5 & 15.
Toronto will have two weeks to prepare for Montreal from the end of the preseason to their regular-season home opener in Week 2. The Argos will open and close their regular season at home against the Alouettes.
In one of many unique scheduling quirks, the Boatmen get the Als in back-to-back weeks in late October. There is a possibility that both Eastern rivals could face each other three weeks in a row, that’s if both Toronto and Montreal qualify for the playoffs but don’t win the East.
The Argos’ first road trip comes in Week 3 at BC. A Saturday night tilt against the Lions. But then the Argos return home to square off against two Western divisional powerhouses in the CFL Champion Bombers and then two weeks later against the Roughriders.
Toronto will be spending most of the first six weeks of the year at home. It’s an early-season advantage, but they will be tested against legit Grey Cup contenders.
The 2022 Argos schedule is filled with odd quirks. After facing off with the Riders at home, the Boatmen set sail for Saskatchewan in a rematch a week later. One of many upcoming rematches throughout the season.
A return home against Ottawa at the end of July calms the waters a bit, but the next five weeks of the schedule are as wacky as it gets.
A season after facing Hamilton four times in the regular season over a 14-game schedule. Including once in the playoffs. From Weeks 9 to 13, Toronto plays Hamilton four times in five weeks!
Starting with a home and home trade-off in weeks nine and ten. Sandwiched in between is a BMO clash with Calgary. But then the Argonauts turn around and play the Ticats again in back-to-back weeks. Ending with the Labour Day Classic in Hamilton.
The Labour Day game with the Tiger-Cats begins a four-week road trip for the Boatmen. Toronto takes up shop in Ottawa for two consecutive weeks following their Hamilton marathon. A bye sits between the two meetings with the Redblacks on the road. Toronto then caps off their bizarre road trip with another game against the Stampeders.
The Boatmen head back home for a week to play BC again before making a trip to potentially the Chris Jones-led Elks. And then Double Blue closes the season against the Als in successive weeks.
The Argos end their season playing seven consecutive Saturday games, and Toronto plays 12 Saturday tilts in total.
One of the benefits to Toronto’s unique schedule is that 17 of their 18 games will be on six days of rest or more. No other CFL team has that specific benefit in 2022. Perhaps it’s offset by the fact that the Argos do not have a natural three byes, with their first one coming in week one.
The Argos also don’t leave Ontario between the end of July and October. So there won’t be a lot of traveling involved in that stretch.
With free agency very near, and all the movement involved amongst all nine of the CFL’s franchises. This should be a fun journey right back to the field next season.
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