As the 2021 CFL season enters its second half, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have emerged as strengthening favourites to repeat as Grey Cup champions. The Blue Bombers have exceeded expectations while marching to a league-best 6-1-0 win-loss-tie record. However, as longtime fans of the CFL know, regular season results are not necessarily an indicator of success for teams on Grey Cup Sunday. Accordingly, now is a good time for sports bettors to begin the search for value on the Grey Cup odds.
CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends on the CFL futures as the race for the Grey Cup heats up. Sports bettors looking to get in on CFL action for the first time can refer to our CFL betting guide to learn all they need to know to get the best out of their Canadian football betting experience.
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Bombers Dominating Entering Second Half
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers reach the midpoint of the CFL season on a roll. The Blue Bombers have padded their lead atop the standings with four straight victories, and have dominated during that stretch, outscoring opponents by a wide 111-55 margin. In addition to making them a solid bet on game day, the Blue Bombers’ current surge has also made them a clear favourite 3.00 favourite on the Grey Cup odds at Bet99.
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The forecast also looks good for the Blue Bombers entering the second half of their schedule. Five of the team’s final seven games come against opponents currently sporting losing records, including each of their final three contests, which should enable the squad to prepare for playoff football.
Collaros Driving Winnipeg Attack
The architect of Winnipeg’s success has been quarterback Zach Callaros. The Bombers pivot has tossed for 1731 yards and 10 scores through seven contests, is good for second in the CFL in both categories and is currently pegged as the favourite to claim CFL Most Outstanding Player honours at Sports Interaction, where he sports short 3.50 odds.
— CFL News (@CFL_News) September 21, 2021
But while the Blue Bombers look well-positioned to become the first team to win consecutive Grey Cup titles since the Montreal Alouettes accomplished the feat in 2009 and 2010, they must be wary of overconfidence. Regular-season success has not necessarily followed teams into the CFL playoffs in recent years, with teams finishing atop the CFL standings going on to win the Grey Cup on just three occasions over the past eight seasons.
Injuries Take Their Toll in Calgary
While the Blue Bombers surge, it has been a wildly different story in Calgary, where the Stampeders find themselves at risk of missing the playoffs after opening the season among the Grey Cup betting favourites. Currently sporting a dismal 2-5-0 record, the Stampeders have fallen well off the pace on the Grey Cup odds at Betway, where they have tumbled to a lengthy 17.00 bet.
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— CFL Headlines (@CFL_Headlines) September 28, 2021
A lack of offensive production is at the centre of the Stamps’ woes. Calgary has scored 20 or fewer points in five of its seven outings to date and has seen three of its five defeats come by at least six points. An early-season injury to quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has not helped matters. The upside for the Stampeders is their strong track record in the playoffs. Calgary has reached the Grey Cup in five of the past eight seasons, winning on three occasions over that stretch. However, if the Stamps are to turn things around, they will have to do so soon. The squad faces the surging Saskatchewan Roughriders in three of their next four contests, and close out their schedule at home against Winnipeg on November 20.
Inconsistent Argos Living Up to Expectations
Over in the East Division, a tight two-way race has developed atop the standings, with the Toronto Argonauts deadlocked in first place with identical 4-3-0 records. The Argonauts have largely met the expectations that came along with being the East Division team with the shortest Grey Cup odds entering the campaign.
The short-handed Toronto Argonauts improved to 3-0 at BMO Field after beating the Montreal Alouettes 30-27 on Friday night. https://t.co/dNOXQ3fmad
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 25, 2021
Pegged as a 6.50 preseason bet, the Argos have slightly gained ground and now look to the second half of their schedule as a 6.00 wager at Sports Interaction. However, consistency remains a concern in Toronto. The Double Blue have failed to tally consecutive victories through their first seven contests, and have struggled badly on the road, where they have stumbled to a 1-3-0 start with each of those defeats coming by double-digit margins.
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Stingy Defence, Home-Field Dominance Give Ti-Cats the Edge
A short drive down the QEW in Hamilton, the Tiger-Cats have shaken off a tepid start to the season by posting wins in four of their past five outings. That surge has reversed an early-season slide on the Grey Cup odds, where the T-Cats now sit as a high-value 6.00 bet. While the Tiger-Cats have been far from an offensive force, scoring fewer points than all CFL teams except for the Ottawa RedBlacks, they have been impressive on defence during their current 4-1-0 run, allowing an average of just 14 points per game. With five of their final seven contests coming on home turf, where they have claimed victory in 13 straight contests, the Ti-Cats are well-positioned to eventually overtake the Argos in the hunt for the top spot in the East.
Simoni Lawrence left his mark as the Tiger-Cats (-2.5) cruised to a 32-19 win over the Argonauts in their home opener. It’s Hamilton’s seventh straight Labour Day Classic victory.pic.twitter.com/bU6KktkEzb
— TSN EDGE (@TSN_Edge) September 6, 2021
That impressive run on home turf is likely to serve the Ti-Cats well, considering that this year’s Grey Cup is scheduled to take place at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field. That makes the Tiger-Cats the best bet on the Grey Cup odds as the continue to playoff action gets underway.
The Picks: Hamilton Tiger-Cats to win the Grey Cup (6.00 at Betway)