The 2019 Canadian Football League is heating up, with several teams shaping up as Grey Cup title contenders.
AS it stands, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger Cats are leading their respective divisions. But judging by the latest CFL odds at , the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders are also strong title challengers.
One of the great things about the CFL is the length of the season. Fans can bet on each game, starting with the regular season which is well underway and ending with the 107th Grey Cup at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium on November 24.
To bet on the Grey Cup winner, just go to any top online sportsbook and select CFL futures. There you’ll see the title odds for all nine Canadian Football League franchises. So, without further ado, let’s look at each of the team’s odds (from Sports Interaction).
Winnipeg Blue Bombers, +175
The Blue Bombers were top of the West Division with a 5-1 win-loss record at time of writing. Like last season, the West is once again the tougher of the two divisions and it would take a great effort by the Blue Bombers to win that division. The fact they’re top of the West is the reason they’re currently the clear Grey Cup favorites.
Edmonton Eskimos, +275
Edmonton are tied for second in the West and are firming as genuine contender to win their 15th Grey Cup – a record among active CFL teams. The Eskimos were the only team from the West to miss last year’s playoffs, with an even 9-9 record, but appear to be the most improved team in the CFL so far this season.
Calgary Stampeders, +375
The Stampeders are aiming to win back-to-back titles for the first time in their history. They’ve made a great start to their title defense, winning four of their first six games to sit equal-second with Edmonton in the West. The Stampeders have hit some form and will be hard to stop if they make it to the playoffs.
Hamilton Tiger Cats, +550
Such is the West’s dominance that Hamilton, the leading team in the East to this stage, are only fourth-favorite for the title. Interestingly, Hamilton have the best points differential in the CFL and have won all three of their games against Western opponents. The Tiger Cats are in with a genuine chance to win their first title in 20 years.
Saskatchewan Roughriders, +650
Back to the West and the Roughriders are shaping up as another playoff team in 2019. They are sitting fourth in the West with a 3-3 record. If the playoffs started today, they would earn the sixth and final CFL playoff spot due to the crossover rule.
Montreal Alouettes, +1000
The Alouettes could get lucky this season, given how weak the East is. They are currently 3-2 and second in the East but with a negative points differential. They should make the playoffs but it’s hard to see them doing much once they get there.
Ottawa Redblacks, +1600
How the mighty have fallen. Ottawa, Grey Cup winners in 2016 and runner-up last year, have opened the season with four losses from six and are really only an outside playoff chance.
BC Lions, +17500
BC are going nowhere in a packed West Division. There’s little chance of a miracle with this team, so save your money and place it on someone else.
Toronto Argonauts, +30000
Winless so far in 2019, it seems the 2017 CFL champs are headed for the league’s worst record for a second consecutive season.