The CFL regular season consists of 18 games spread out over 21 weeks of play. There are two rounds of playoffs leading up to the top team from the East Division squaring off against the top team in the West in the CFL Championship Game. Here is a closer look at the best value in the CFL futures odds to win the Grey Cup this season.
2019 CFL Grey Cup: Top-Valued Favorite
The Calgary Stampeders have been the best team in the CFL for the last three seasons. After heartbreaking losses to the Ottawa RedBlacks in 2016 and Toronto Argonauts in 2017 as clear favorites in the title game, it all came together last season with a 27-16 victory over Ottawa in last year’s Grey Cup Championship as 4.5-point favorites on the closing betting line.
The Stampeders have taken a page from the NFL’s New England Patriots with double-digit victories in each of the last 11 seasons. They have won the last three West Division titles on their way to those three trips to the championship game. Just like the Patriots, Calgary is the clear +275 favorite at MyBookie to win the CFL title again in 2019.
With most of the pieces still in place on offense led by quarterback Bo-Levi Mitchell along with a defense that led the CFL in points allowed, it would be hard to bet against the Stampeders given the plus money in their betting odds.
2019 CFL Grey Cup: Top-Valued Contenders
The British Columbia Lions made the playoffs last season as a crossover team from the West with a record of 9-9. The early money coming in on the Lions has been rather bullish in their chances to compete with Calgary for the West Division title as +300 second-favorite to win the Grey Cup.
One of the main reasons why BC could be a threat in the West is the addition of quarterback Mike Reilly, who spent the last six seasons in Edmonton after starting his CFL career with the Lions in 2011. Reilly is the CFL’s version of Drew Brees with a number of passing titles to his credit for total yards per season. He threw for a league-high 5,562 yards and 30 touchdowns last season and he has the weapons on offense to match those numbers with BC this year.
The third-favorite on the board to win a CFL title is a third team from the West; the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. This is another contender that should trend upward this year after going 10-8 in 2018. Their betting odds to trend all the way up to a Grey Cup title are set at +500.
The Bombers were an offensive juggernaut last season with a CFL-high 550 points in 18 games and they were second to Calgary on defense when it came to points allowed. The biggest drain on their value is playing in a division that should field four playoff teams.
2019 CFL Grey Cup: Top-Valued Longshot
With the exception of Toronto and Montreal at +1400, there is solid betting value in the other two teams in the East Division. One them will have a clear path to the 2019 Grey Cup as the division winner and Ottawa looks extremely attractive at +850 after winning the East in two of the last three seasons. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have lower odds at +550, but either team is more than capable of winning the East this year.