CFL Odds To Win The West Division: Can Calgary 3-Peat?
West Division CFL Championship 2018 Preview
Loaded with talent, without much to show for it over the past two seasons, the West Division fight will be entertaining from start to finish again this year. As per recent history, and seemingly forever, Calgary (+280) is top preseason chalk to capture the 106th Grey Cup when Championship Sunday plays out at Commonwealth Stadium on November 25, 2018, in Alberta. Aiming to claim the Cup, on their home turf, Edmonton (+500) is a distant second. Winnipeg (+650) and Saskatchewan (+700) are close as fourth and fifth favorites while the BC Lions (+1200) are West Division dogs.
CFL Week 1 Grey Cup Odds: Current @ Bodog on June 13, 2018, at 7:00 AM ET.
|Bodog Sportsbook 2018 Grey Cup Odds|
|Calgary Stampeders (+280)||Edmonton Eskimos (+500)||Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+550)|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers (+650)||Saskatchewan Roughriders (+700)||Toronto Argonauts (+700)|
|Ottawa Redblacks (+950)||British Columbia Lions (+1200)||Montreal Alouettes (+1400)|
Stuck in the East, where the last two CFL Championships have played out (BMO Field and TD Pace Stadium) the Grey Cup has not been out of the Ontario since the Eskimos claimed it back in 2015. That was the last of a three year run as the Roughriders and Stampeders were CFL Champions in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Longshots to produce a title run, after posting a mediocre 7-11 record last season, the Lions last won the Grey Cup in 2011. Owning the longest title drought, the Blue Bombers last Championship was 29 years ago (1990) and they haven’t won the West since 1984.
CFL West Division Championship Battle Will Be Heated
Calgary Stampeders 2017: Grey Cup Runner Up 13-4-1 Record
Additions: (OL) Derek Dennis, (DL) Ese Mrabure, (DB) Emanuel Davis, (DB) Adam Berger
Departures: (WR) Marquay McDaniel, (DB) Tommie Campbell (RB) Jerome Messam (FB) Rob Cote
A model CFL franchise, comparable to the NFL New England Patriots without the rings, Calgary is hoping three times a charm. Disappointments in the last two Grey Cup contests – the Stampeders are aiming for a third straight West Division title. If the Stamps play well enough to win the West, they will travel North up the QE2 to fight for the Grey Cup again. Stellar since they claimed the Cup in 2014, with a combined 42-10-2 regular season record, the Stamps have also won more games than any CFL squad during the past decade as they’ve posted an astounding 130-47-3 record.
Classic “what have you done for me lately” Calgary has won the West two years in a row but fell 39-22 versus Ottawa and 32-28 to Toronto in the 104th and 105th CFL Championship contests. There is a youth movement afoot in the Stampede City as several players retired or moved on. In addition to the departures above, (DL) Charleston Hughes is a Green ‘Rider while (LB) Deron Mayo, and (CB) Josh Bell both retired. An extraordinary talent, (RB/KR) Roy Finch ran afoul with the Law in Oklahoma and is on the retired list as well. We are in “watch and wait” mode with the Stamps.
Stampeders 2018 Regular Season: 13-5 Projected Record + Playoff Berth.
Edmonton Eskimos 2017: Lost West Final 12-6-0 Record
Additions: (RB) C.J. Gable (RB) Shaquille Cooper (QB) Kevin Glenn (DB) Maurice McKnight
Departures: (DE) Odell Willis (WR) Adarius Bowman (WR) Brandon Zylstra (RB) John White
Aiming to become the first West Division squad to capture the Grey Cup, since they did it in 2015, Edmonton looks to put the weirdness and disappointment of CFL 2017 behind them. Streaking out of the starting gate, the Eskimos were 7-0 before losing six straight and then recovering with five victories in a row. Mike Reilly & Crew then put away Winnipeg (39-32) in the West Semifinal before falling to Calgary (32-28) in the West Final. The loss to the Stamps had to hurt as the Esks rolled out to a two touchdown lead before Calgary went on a 30-1 roll and put the playoff match away.
Certain he’s tired of hearing about it, HC Jason Moss called for a field goal late in the game – when the Eskimos needed a major score. Hopefully it’s all water under the bridge as the new CFL season dawns. Bet365 bookmakers are believers as they have posted Edmonton with an 11.5 Over/Under win total which is tied for second with Winnipeg and one less than the Stamps 12.5 projected wins. Edmonton looks to be the first team to claim the Grey Cup on their home turf since Saskatchewan thrilled their fans at Mosaic Stadium in 2013. A solid year is on the horizon in the Alberta Capital.
Eskimos 2018 Regular Season: 12-6 Projected Record + Playoff Berth.
Saskatchewan Roughriders 2017: Lost East Final 12-6-0 Record
Additions: (QB) Zach Collaros (RB) Jerome Messam, (DL) Charleston Hughes
Departures: (OL) Bruce Campbell, (CB) Kacy Rodgers II, (LB) Hénoc Muamba (QB) Kevin Glenn
Mulligans are not reserved for Golf only as they can be handed out in hindsight in all pro sports. We gave Saskatchewan a do-over, after their dismal 5-13 run in 2016, as GM/HC Chris Jones was in his first season after jumping ship following Edmonton’s 2015 Grey Cup win. Our faith was rewarded several times during the 2017 campaign as the Roughriders improved to a 10-8 record last year. Though not fans of the way he carries himself – Jones is a leader and he will have the ‘Riders ready from the get-go this year. Plus, the Gang Green should have a fairly solid one-two QB punch.
Pivot poor for a couple of years now, Saskatchewan lured QB Zach Collaros away from Hamilton and he will step in for an aging Kevin Glenn who is carrying a clipboard in Edmonton this season. Collaros has solid skills but he needs to figure out how to stay healthy. Brandon Bridge will get his share of snaps as he is versatile and has proven clutch off the bench. New arrivals Jerome Messam and Marcus Thigpen will form a solid running back combo and DL Charleston Hughes still has some gas left in the tank. We like Saskatchewan going OVER their 8 (-120) win total at SportsInteraction.
Roughriders 2018 Regular Season: 10-8 Projected Record + Playoff Berth.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2017: Lost West Semifinal 12-6-0 Record
Additions: (LB) Adam Bighill, (DB) Chandler Fenner, (WR) Adarius Bowman, (SB) Nic Demski
Departures: (DE) Faith Ekakitie, (DE) Jamaal Westerman, (DB) T.J. Heath (QB) Dominique Davis
Frustration has to be building in Winnipeg as the the home town hero’s have played well the past two seasons (11 and 12 wins) but they don’t have any playoff success to go with the strong regular season runs. Add in the lengthy droughts, mentioned above, and it has been tough to be a fan in Manitoba. Sprinting out to an 11-3 record last year, the Blue Bombers bombed down the stretch as they went 2-3 and then lost in the West Semifinal 39-32 to Edmonton. That’s a second straight first round playoff exit – after the BC Lions won a close 32-31 contest during the 2016 postseason.
Ominous from the start, Winnipeg will be without QB Matt Nichols (four to six weeks) as the star pivot is rehabbing from a knee injury. With QB Dominique Davies now a Redblacks, plus Dan LeFevour retiring, rookie Chris Streveler will open the season as the starter when Winnipeg hosts Edmonton during CFL Opening Night action on June 14. Possibly a silver lining, Winnipeg faces the BC Lions twice and Montreal once during their first six games. In the interim, stud RB Andrew Harris will be leaned on more than usual early in the season. Stay off the Blue Bombers bandwagon.
Blue Bombers 2018 Regular Season: 9-9 Projected Record + Miss Playoffs.
British Columbia Lions 2017: Missed Playoffs 7-11-0 Record
Additions: (RB) Brandon Rutley, (RB) Travon Van (DE) Odell Willis (GM) Ed Hervey
Departures: (WR) Marco Iannuzzi (WR) Chris Williams, (WR) Nick Moore
Snapping a long string of success is never a good thing. Understanding just three teams miss the CFL playoff party, that doesn’t lessen the BC Lions 20 year playoff run (1997 – 2016) that ended last season. British Columbia won four Grey Cups during that impressive stretch – the last one was a 34-23 win vs Winnipeg in 2011. CFL Godfather, Wally Buono, will prowl the Cats sideline for the final time. Buono, who won two Grey Cups (1974-77) as a punter and LB with Montreal, guided Calgary to three CFL Championships prior to BC claiming the CFL crown in 2006 and 2011.
Wally is extremely high on our sports figure respect list but players getting up for his 25th and final season as a CFL head coach seems a tad overblown. BC crushed Calgary (36-23) and whacked Winnipeg (34-21) in their X-Games but the CFL two-match preseason is played by fringe players – many who didn’t make the cut. QB Jonathon Jennings needs to return to his 2016 form (5,222 PYD + 31 TD) as his numbers dropped (3,636 PYD + 18 TD) and he led the league with 19 interceptions last year. BC playing in the wicked West bumps up the Lions CFL futures prices at Bodog.
BC Lions 2018 Regular Season: 7-11 Projected Record + Miss Playoffs.
Canada Focused CFL 2018 Grey Cup Betting Shops
Raised and residing in the Great White North, SportsInteraction and Bodog cover the Canadian Football League like few others can. Across the pond, British bookmakers Bet365 and Betway are all over the CFL as well. During the 21 week regular season, plus two playoff rounds and Grey Cup Sunday, those veteran sportsbooks have Canucks covered. MLB and MLS are also featured and there are some fantastic stories in both leagues. The Gorilla enters the room soon as a full slate of NFL exhibition games fire up on 09/08/18 and the NCAAF season opens at the end of August.
These Canada friendly bookmakers welcome Canuck sports bettors 24/7 all year long…..
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