All eight CFL teams are busy preparing for another run at this year’s Grey Cup, so the following is a look at each team’s current odds to win as provided by bet365.
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British Columbia Lions 11/4
The Lions won the Grey Cup in 2011 and posted the best regular-season record in the CFL last season at 13-5. Their run in the playoffs towards another title were cut short by a loss to Calgary in the West Division Final, but this team remains extremely deep on both sides of the ball, making them the clear favorites on the betting odds boards. Travis Lulay is back at quarterback after throwing for 4,231 yards and 27 touchdowns last season and the BC defense remains basically intact after giving-up the fewest points in the league in 2012.
Calgary Stampeders 7/2
Calgary finished just one game in back of BC in the West at 12-6 and brought a six-game winning streak into last season’s Grey Cup Championship before coming-up short in a 35-22 loss to Toronto as a 1.5-point favorite. The Stampeders should once again field one of most potent offensive attacks in the CFL after averaging 29.7 points a game last year. Kevin Glenn is back at quarterback, but could be pushed for playing time by Drew Tate.
Toronto Argonauts 4/1
The Argonauts unlikely run to the 2012 Grey Cup title puts an immediate target on their back heading into 2013. You have to wonder if they will be up to the challenge after posting a very pedestrian 9-9 record in the regular season. While Toronto did peak at just the right time, these odds are a bit lofty for a team that finished 2012 ranked fifth in scoring while giving-up an average of 27.3 points a game.
Montreal Alouettes 21/4
The big news in Montreal this offseason was long-time veteran quarterback Anthony Cavillo’s decision to play one more season after hinting that he may retire after the 2012 season. The perennial Grey Cup contenders won the East last season at 11-7, but are still stinging from their 27-20 loss to Toronto as five-point home favorites in the East Division Final. Head coach Marc Trestman has moved on to the NFL so you have to wonder what kind of effect that will have on one of the most prolific offenses in the CFL during his four-year tenure with the team.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7/1
Hamilton finished out of the playoffs last season at 6-12, but it is hoping that the addition of quarterback Brian Brohm, who spent some time in the NFL with both Green Bay and Buffalo, will be enough to turn things around. The bigger concern for this team is plugging up the holes on a defense that was ranked last in the league in points allowed; giving-up an average of 32 points a game.
Saskatchewan Roughriders 8/1
The Roughriders have a rough road ahead of them in trying to get past both Calgary and BC in the West. They made the playoffs last season at 8-10 but made an early exit with a 36-30 loss to the Stampeders as six-point road underdogs in the West Semifinals. The main thing in their favor heading into the 2013 season is a stingy defense that held opponents to 22.7 points a game. Darian Durant will once again handle the signal calling for Saskatchewan after throwing for 3,878 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2012.
Edmonton Eskimos 21/2
Edmonton only managed to win seven games last season but it was good enough to land itself in the postseason as a crossover team from the West. From there it ran into a buzz saw in a 42-26 romp at the hands of Toronto as a four-point road underdog. The prospect for a better record this season could be tough as the fourth-best team in the West, but the Eskimos were profitable to wager on at home last season with a 6-3 record against the spread.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 17/1
The Blue Bombers were the other CFL team that failed to qualify for the playoffs as result of an overall record of 6-12, but they did win four of their last seven games to close-out the season which has to provide some encouragement heading into a new season. Winnipeg still has some major problems to fix on both sides of the ball with an offense that averaged a league-worst 20.9 points a game to go along with a defense that gave-up an average of 29.5 points.