2022 CFL Grey Cup Betting Odds and Predictions

2022 CFL Grey Cup Betting Odds and Predictions

CFL Grey Cup Predictions And Odds

In the United States, football season doesn’t roll around until the late summer/early fall. Football is, without question, the most popular sport in the country.

Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of lesser professional leagues pop up in an attempt to capitalize on the NFL’s lengthy offseason. The UFSL, which seems destined for failure, is currently in the middle of its first season. Are casual football fans aware of the USFL’s existence? Probably not.

Later this month, Canada’s professional football league will kick off its own 2022 campaign. Unlike the various American startups that have come and gone, the Canadian Football League is one of the longest-running pro football circuits on the planet. The 2022 season will be the CFL’s 64th.

While the vast majority of the CFL’s fanbase is understandably based in Canada, there is a growing legion of fans elsewhere around the world. Nowadays, all of the top-ranked football betting sites have CFL odds available for your perusal.

Whether you’re new to the CFL or a longtime fan, here’s everything you need to know about the contenders for this year’s Grey Cup.

When Does the 2022 CFL Season Start?

The CFL campaign will officially begin on Thursday, June 9th. Much like Major League Baseball, the past offseason was marred by labor strife.

On May 15th, the CFL Player’s Association actually went on strike after they failed to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement with the league. It was the first CFL player strike since 1974, but the two sides struck terms on a tentative new agreement just three days later.

The past few seasons have been truncated by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the CFL will return to its typical 18-game schedule in 2022, spanning 21 weeks in all. Regina will play host to the 109th annual Grey Cup on November 20th.

CFL Odds

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (+250)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+500)
Saskatchewan Roughriders (+550)
Toronto Argonauts (+600)
Calgary Stampeders (+600)
Montreal Alouettes (+900)
Ottawa Redblacks (+1200)
British Columbia Lions (+1600)
Edmonton Elks (+1600)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (+250)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are in the midst of a dynastic run. The franchise won its 12th Grey Cup title with a 33-25 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last year. It was the Blue Bombers’ second consecutive championship, and they’ll look to become the first team since the Edmonton Eskimos (1978-1982) to win three straight this season.

The Blue Bombers’ +250 CFL odds and status as opening title favorites should surprise nobody that follows this league. The Bombers started 11-1 last season before resting starters in the last couple of games of the campaign.

My 2 weeks with the blue bombers was the best football experience of my life .. I just wish I could’ve stayed healthy… regardless, no regrets just grateful for being able to be around such an amazing football atmosphere 🙏🏾

— Alfred Green (@lefdra) June 7, 2022

Defense is the key for this team. Winnipeg yielded just 13.4 points per game last season, which was one of the stingiest marks in CFL history. The Bombers did lose leading rusher Andrew Harris to the Argonauts in free agency this offseason, we but know individual running backs tend to be a little overrated in the modern game.

The Blue Bombers’ +250 CFL odds still have plenty of upside. This team has done nothing but win over the past few years, and I see no reason to believe they’ll stop any time soon.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+500)

The Tiger-Cats finished second in the East Division behind the Argonauts last season with an 8-6 record across 14 games. They protected home field well (5-2), but struggled a bit on the road (3-4).

Hamilton made a surprise run to the Grey Cup after a strong 4-1 finish over their last five regular-season games. The Ti-Cats picked up an easy 23-12 win over Montreal at home in the East Semi-Final before an upset 27-19 win at Toronto in the East Final.

Hamilton is looking to win the Grey Cup for the first time since 1999, but it won’t be easy. CFL betting sites may be overrating this team a bit after its unexpected run to the final, and they’re actually one-point underdogs at Saskatchewan in the first game of the season.

The Ti-Cats’ +500 CFL betting odds don’t really stand out from a value perspective.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (+550)

Saskatchewan finished second in the West Division at 9-5 last season, two games south of the first-place Blue Bombers. The Roughriders got off to a promising 3-0 start, only to lose four of their next six.

A four-game winning streak followed, however, before their 24-3 blowout loss at Hamilton in the season finale. The Roughriders needed overtime to get past the Calgary Stampeders in the West Semi-Final at home before a narrow 21-17 setback to the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg in the West Final.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a chance to start entering the dynasty conversation this year, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders have the added incentive of hosting the Grey Cup. @Mkor1980 takes a look at the CFL’s West Division. https://t.co/wwIqbh81Zf

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 7, 2022

Despite a solid win-loss record, the Roughriders finished just seventh out of the CFL’s nine teams in points per game at 20.3 a season ago. Saskatchewan will hope for improved play from 29-year-old QB Cody Fajardo, who finished with a 16:15 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2021.

Toronto Argonauts (+600)

If you want a good value, the Argonauts’ +600 CFL odds look pretty appealing. Toronto went 9-5 a season ago to finish a game ahead of Hamilton in the East Division standings. They closed the season with six wins over their last eight games, including an important 31-12 win over Hamilton in the penultimate regular-season contest.

The Args had a first-round bye as a result of finishing atop the division, but they ultimately fell, 27-19, at home to Hamilton in the East Final.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson re-signed with the Argonauts this past offseason, and the upcoming campaign will be his fifth with the franchise. He passed for just over 2,300 yards with 12 touchdowns to 11 INTs a season ago, but he was held out of the end zone in the playoff loss to the Ti-Cats.

Despite finishing in first place in the East, the Argonauts have just the fourth-best CFL odds of any team to win the Grey Cup in 2022.

Calgary Stampeders (+600)

The Stampeders finished 8-6 a season ago, which was good for third in the West behind Winnipeg and Saskatchewan. However, Calgary’s 2021 was really a tale of two seasons.

Things got off to an incredibly inauspicious 2-5 start that included losses to the lowly BC Lions and Edmonton Elks. However, they turned things around in a big way after their Week 8 bye.

WATCH: Stampeders get set for season kickoff Thursday night @CTVGCampbell reports: #yyc https://t.co/McSrrhjarX

— CTV News Calgary (@CTVCalgary) June 7, 2022

Following the off week, the Stampeders closed the season with wins in six of their final seven games. They were certainly aided by a matchup against a Blue Bombers side playing most of its backups in Week 16, but you can only play the games on your schedule.

The Stampeders looked incredible in their two preseason games, albeit against weaker foes. Calgary picked up a 41-6 win over British Columbia at the end of May before a 37-7 trouncing of Edmonton last Friday. We can’t glean too much from preseason results, but the Stampeders’ +600 CFL betting odds are tempting given how well they played to end the ’21 season.

Montreal Alouettes (+900)

The Alouettes went just 7-7 a year ago, but that was good enough to punch a playoff ticket in the East Division. Unfortunately, Montreal would go on to lose to Hamilton, 23-12, in the East Semi-Final.

Montreal didn’t enter the postseason in the best of form after dropping three of their last four regular-season contests. That was still good enough to qualify in the weaker East, however.

On June 7th, head coach Khari Jones named Vernon Adams as his starting QB for the Alouettes’ Week 1 clash with the Stampeders. Neither Adams nor backup Trevor Harris played all that well in Montreal’s recent preseason win over the Redblacks, but Adams is likely the safe choice.

He’ll look to bounce back after a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of last season back in October. Before the injury, Adams threw for over 1,900 yards with 14 touchdowns to nine INTs.

Ottawa Redblacks (+1200)

The Redblacks are one of the CFL’s newest teams. The 2022 campaign will be Ottawa’s eighth in the league, and they’ll be looking to get back into the playoffs after a two-year drought.

Ottawa started the season with a solid 16-12 win over Edmonton, but everything went downhill from there. The Redblacks lost each of their next five after that before another win over the lowly Elks in Week 7. Six more defeats followed before a 19-18 win over Edmonton in the season finale.

Don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a @REDBLACKS season opener. See you in a few, Winnipeg. #FlipTheScript pic.twitter.com/KKl8jzn0ed

— Chris Hofley (@chrishofley) June 7, 2022

That marked the second straight season in which the Redblacks mustered just three wins, though this team did enjoy quite a bit of success prior to that. Ottawa advanced to three Grey Cups in four years and won it for the first time back in 2016.

Former Oregon standout Jeremiah Masoli will take the reins in Ottawa for the first time after spending the last eight seasons with Hamilton. Masoli completed 20 of his 25 passes for 185 yards and two scores as an injury replacement for Dane Evans in the Grey Cup loss to Winnipeg.

With a more capable QB under center, perhaps the Redblacks can finally get back to their winning ways.

British Columbia Lions (+1600)

The BC Lions finished just 5-9 a season ago, which would’ve been the worst mark in the East Division if not for the disastrous 3-11 Edmonton Elks.

BC actually got off to a pretty impressive 4-2 start before winning just once in the final eight games. That lone victory came against, you guessed it, Edmonton, in the season finale.

Lions head coach Rick Campbell named Nathan Rourke as his team’s starter for the upcoming season. Rourke served as Michael Reilly’s backup as a rookie last season, but Reilly decided to retire.

Rourke’s inexperience makes the Lions a very difficult bet to trust at their +1600 Grey Cup odds. He threw more touchdowns than interceptions in his two games as the starter a season ago.

Edmonton Elks (+1600)

The Edmonton Elks are one of the CFL’s oldest franchises, but the 2022 season will be just their second with that moniker. The team retired its old nickname, the Eskimos, following the 2020 year.

The Elks failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2018 after a 3-11 showing a season ago. All three of their wins surprisingly came on the road, as they finished a dismal 0-7 at Commonwealth Stadium.

It sounds as though Nick Arbuckle will get the nod as the Elks’ starter in Week 1 against the Lions. Edmonton is a 3.5-point underdog in this one, so CFL oddsmakers certainly aren’t buying the Elks’ chances of enjoying a bounce-back campaign.

Best Bet to Win the 2022 Grey Cup

The 2022 CFL schedule will run until late November, so you have plenty of time to get those Grey Cup bets placed. A lot will change between now and then, as well. Betting on the Blue Bombers to win it now doesn’t mean you can’t place a hedge wager on the Argonauts in a few months, for example.

As of now, it’s hard not to like Winnipeg’s chances of three-peating. This team is essentially the same won that has won back-to-back Grey Cups, and it was easily the most dominant squad in the CFL a season ago. The Blue Bombers are worthy favorites until further notice.

If you’re in the market for some value, you could do worse than taking a stab at Toronto’s +600 Grey Cup odds. The East still runs through the Argonauts, and I’m not at all concerned about their disappointing playoff loss to Hamilton.

I’ll rank the best value bets to win the 2022 Grey Cup below:

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (+250)
Toronto Argonauts (+600)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+500)
Calgary Stampeders (+600)
Saskatchewan Roughriders (+550)

Author: Tamara Kim