The Blue Bombers ended a 29-year Grey Cup drought by winning it in 2019. Can the Blue & Gold repeat that performance in 2021?
The Grey Cup champs are ready to defend their title and will return with a similar roster that saw them upset the Tiger-Cats in November 2019.
Quarterback Zach Collaros won every game he started for the Blue Bombers in 2019, including three post season wins on the road. The great news for Collaros is the return of the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Canadian, Andrew Harris. Harris rushed for 1380 yards and four touchdowns in 2019 along with 529 receiving yards. He can do it all for the Bombers.
Collaros with have Receivers Darvin Adams, Rasheed Bailey, Kenny Lawler, Nic Demski and Drew Wolitarsky back. Not returning are Lucky Whitehead who signed with the Lions via free agency and backup Quarterback Chris Streveler found a new home with the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.
On defence, Willie Jefferson anchors a defence that remains largely intact for 2021. Two key deletions for the Blue and Gold this season are in the secondary with defensive backs Marcus Sayles (signed with Lions) and CFL interceptions leader Winston Rose (NFL) finding new homes. Kicker/Punter Justin Medlock isn’t expected to play this season, and if this is the end of his career, he has been one of the best to play the position. Rookie Marc Liegghio is expected to take his spot.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2021 CFL Schedule
The CFL schedule makers know exactly what they are doing by placing a Grey Cup rematch for the first game of the regular season. The Bombers first three games are all against East Division opponents.
Labour Day will be fun once again with the back-to-back games against the Roughriders over the holiday weekend.
Thursday, August 5 vs. Hamilton Tiger Cats
Friday, August 13 vs Toronto Argonauts
Saturday, August 21 at Toronto Argonauts
Sunday, August 29 vs. Calgary Stampeders
Sunday, September 5 at Saskatchewan Roughriders
Saturday, September 11 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Saturday, September 18 at Edmonton Elks
Friday, October 1 at B.C. Lions
Friday, October 8 vs. Edmonton Elks
Friday, October 15 at Edmonton Elks
Saturday, October 23 vs. B.C. Lions
Saturday, November 6 vs. Montreal Alouettes
Saturday, November 13 at Montreal Alouettes
Saturday, November 20 at Calgary Stampeders
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2021 Season Prediction
The Blue Bombers win total at Sports Interaction is listed at 8.5 on the season and they are paying +515 to repeat as Grey Cup Champions. This team is ready to repeat and clearly a top-two team in the West Division. The question mark will be the health of Zach Collaras and if he can handle an entire season under center.
2021 Projection: 9-5