|1984 Ottawa Rough Riders season|
|Head coach||George Brancato|
|Home field||Lansdowne Park|
|Division place||4th, East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1984 Ottawa Rough Riders finished the season in fourth place in the East Division with a 4–12 record. As such, the Rough Riders missed the playoffs for the first time since 1970.
|Territorial||5||Michel Bourgeau||DT||Boise State|
|2||13||Dan Rashovich||LB||Simon Fraser|
|3||22||Damir Dupin||DL||Nevada-Las Vegas|
|June 6||vs. Montreal Concordes||38–18||Loss||16,208||0–1|
|June 11||at Montreal Concordes||18–0||Win||11,042||1–1|
|June 18||at Toronto Argonauts||37–11||Win||27,005||2–1|
|June 22||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||39–27||Loss||16,129||2–2|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||16||4||12||0||354||507||8|
|1||June 30||at Edmonton Eskimos||32–31||Loss||32,441||0–1|
|2||July 7||vs. Calgary Stampeders||17–16||Win||20,042||1–1|
|3||July 14||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||31–9||Win||22,405||2–1|
|4||July 21||at Montreal Concordes||31–28||Win||19,758||3–1|
|5||July 29||vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders||46–24||Loss||23,575||3–2|
|6||August 5||at Toronto Argonauts||49–14||Loss||33,077||3–3|
|7||August 11||at BC Lions||34–21||Loss||37,560||3–4|
|8||August 17||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||46–17||Loss||24,204||3–5|
|10||August 31||vs. Toronto Argonauts||23–20||Loss||25,708||3–6|
|11||September 7||at Winnipeg Blue Bombers||65–25||Loss||26,187||3–7|
|12||September 14||at Calgary Stampeders||23–21||Loss||20,120||3–8|
|13||September 21||vs. Edmonton Eskimos||32–23||Win||19,387||4–8|
|14||September 30||at Saskatchewan Roughriders||31–15||Loss||24,747||4–9|
|16||October 13||vs. BC Lions||33–17||Loss||21,280||4–10|
|17||October 20||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||20–14||Loss||18,101||4–11|
|18||October 28||vs. Montreal Concordes||29–24||Loss||17,162||4–12|
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