Heading into the final month of the Canadian Football League regular season, Winnipeg remains strong favorites to win the 2021 Grey Cup. They have absolutely dominated the competition on both sides of the ball.
The Blue Bombers’ balanced offensive attack is led by arguably the best overall quarterback in the CFL. Zach Collaros, who has completed over 70 percent of his passes and a 3-to-1 ratio of touchdowns (18) to interceptions (6).
Is there any reason to bet another way besides Winnipeg on CFL team futures? It’s still possible to make a profit on them at many sportsbooks. Here are some thoughts on other potential bets to make.
CFL Team DraftKings BetMGM PROLINE+ Winnipeg +125 +135 +120 Saskatchewan +500 +550 +500 Toronto +500 +550 +450 Hamilton +550 +500 +600 Calgary +800 +900 +700 Montreal +800 +700 +700 BC +1800 +1800 +1500 Edmonton +50000 +50000 +4900 Ottawa Off Off +4900
Playoff Picture Heading Into Final Weeks
As of now, three teams have clinched their spot in the playoffs. Winnipeg will win the West Division and host the Western Final on December 5. Saskatchewan and Toronto have clinched their playoff berths.
There’s still a lot to work out in the East Division, but the playoff trio will likely round out with Hamilton and Montreal. Calgary should have no problem getting the third playoff berth in the West Division. BC essentially needs to win out and hopes Calgary loses their next two games to make the postseason.
Calgary Sees Largest Odds Improvement
On a month-to-month basis, Calgary saw their odds get cut in half from early October. That’s because they’ve won four of their last five games and have seen substantial improvement in their defense. They allow just 19 points per game, which is the third-best in the league. No opponent has scored beyond 20 points over their last five games.
For those that saw a potential improvement in the Stampeders back in October, they may cash in when the odds were highest. They just hope Calgary can catch Winnipeg off guard in the Western Final.
Can Hamilton End Up Winning It All?
Trying to avoid Winnipeg as much as possible is probably the best way to invest in a futures pick. This means picking one of the options in the East Division in hopes that the Grey Cup won’t have the Blue Bombers. Within the trio of contenders, Hamilton looks to be the best team right now.
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has really stepped up over the past three games. He has completed over 77 percent of his passes, scored 7 touchdowns with 0 interceptions, and averaged over 10 yards per attempt in each contest. That type of production with a top-tier defense makes them the most capable team after Winnipeg.
In comparison, Calgary has higher odds, making them the trendier long shot. But taking Hamilton between +500 to +600 doesn’t feel like a long shot considering how well they’re playing right now. If they beat Toronto on November 12, those odds will certainly decrease.
Sports Betting Recommendations
- Winnipeg to win Grey Cup (+135, BetMGM / +120, PROLINE+)
- Hamilton to win Grey Cup (+600 PROLINE+ / +550, DraftKings)
Obviously, it’s hard to steer anybody out of taking Winnipeg at the moment, especially when they’re still offered at over +100 odds. The only reason a bettor wouldn’t take them now? There has been no odds movement from the prior month and the regular season closes out with some difficulty.
With nothing to play for until Dec. 5, it’s hard to know what effort the Blue Bombers will have this month. That could lead to their odds slightly bumping up. But it’s probably worth just plopping money on them now.
Those looking at taking an underdog should consider Hamilton. They have the most potential when comparing them to the other East Division teams. If Winnipeg suffers an upset in the Western Final, then there’s the benefit of seeing an easier opponent in the Grey Cup.