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The 2023 CFL regular season will culminate with the 110th edition of the Grey Cup on Sunday, November 19 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario. It will be a matchup between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, champions of the West Division and the Montreal Alouettes, champions of the East Division. The Blue Bombers will be playing in their fourth straight Grey Cup and they will be making their 28th overall appearance in the title game. Montreal will be making their 19th Grey Cup appearance, but their first since 2010. The Alouettes will be looking to win their eighth title, while the Blue Bombers will be going for their 13th.

2023 Grey Cup Odds

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are solid favorites to win the 2023 Grey Cup, as they are listed as a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 46.5. The Bombers are coming off a 24-13 win over BC in the West Final, while the Alouettes pulled off a big upset, winning 38-17 over Toronto in the East Final.

Montreal went 11-7 SU and 10-7-1 ATS in the regular season with eight games going over the total and 10 going under. They averaged 24.6 points per game and gave up 21.8 points per contest. William Stanback led the team in rushing with 910 yards, Cody Fajardo threw for 4,217 yards, while Austin Mack led the team with 1,236 receiving yards.

Winnipeg went 14-4 SU and 11-7 ATS in the regular season with 13 games going over the total and five going under. Winnipeg led the league in scoring at 33 points per game and they led the league in defense, allowing just 20.9 points per game. Brady Oliveira led the team with 1,643 yards, Zach Collaros threw for 4,410 yards, while Dalton Schoen led the team with 1,222 receiving yards.

The Alouettes may be a big underdog, but they come into the Grey Cup having won seven straight games and Montreal has a dominating defense. "Offence wins games. Defense wins championships," said quarterback Cody Fajardo to the media, “And our defense is a championship-winning defense." Head coach Jason Maas said to the media that his team’s defense is aggressive.  "I've been saying it all year. [The defense] plays at an extremely high level, each and every week. The guys believe in each other and play for one another. "They play team defense and they're aggressive and tenacious. They just get after you."

The Alouettes did not have much success against Winnipeg in the regular season, losing both matchups by a combined margin of 54-20. Montreal was actually 0-7 during the regular season against teams that finished with a winning record.

Winnipeg is no stranger to big games, as this will be their fourth straight appearance in the Grey Cup. The Blue Bombers also have a stout defense. That defense sacked Vernon Adams Jr. nine times and picked him off three times in the West Final.

Winnipeg gave up just 377 points this season, while Montreal allowed just 392 points.

CFL East Division Teams

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Orlondo Steinauer Tim Hortons Field
Montreal Alouettes Jason Maas Percival Molson Stadium
Ottawa Redblacks Bob Dyce TD Place
Toronto Argonauts Ryan Dinwiddie BMO Field

CFL West Division Teams

BC Lions Rick Campbell BC Place
Calgary Stampeders Dave Dickenson McMahon Stadium
Edmonton Elks Chris Jones Commonwealth Stadium
Saskatchewan Roughriders Craig Dickenson Mosaic Stadium
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Michael O’Shea IG Field

Since the late 1950s, the CFL has typically had nine franchises. However, there has been some vacillation in that number over the years. The CFL had nine teams from 1958 to 1986, but then the Montreal Alouettes folded the day before the 1987 season was to start. The league had eight teams until the mid-1990s when the CFL nearly doubled in size because of the United States expansion. Seven American teams joined the league during that time, but Baltimore was the only city where the Canadian game was a success. In just three years, the American teams were all gone, making it a fully Canadian game once more.

The CFL lost its longest-tenured team, the Ottawa Rough Riders, after 120 years of football in 1996. Fortunately, the league was able to put a team back in Montreal that year to keep the league static at eight teams. A new team in Ottawa bumped the league back up to nine teams in 2002, but the number of CFL franchises dropped down to eight once more after Ottawa folded after just four seasons in the league. There were just eight teams until 2014 when the Ottawa Redblacks were founded, and the league has been stable at nine teams since that point.

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Differences Between the NFL and CFL

There are a number of important differences between the NFL and CFL, but we’re only going to focus on a few. One of the first things you notice when watching a CFL game is the size of the field. CFL fields are 10 yards longer in the field of play and have end zones that are 20 yards deep. Fields up north are about 20 percent wider too, so CFL games are played with an extra player on both sides. Goalposts in the CFL are on the goal line and not at the back of the end zone like they are in the NFL.
Another major difference is the number of downs you have to achieve a first down. In the American game, you have four downs to pick up 10 yards, but in the Canadian game, it’s just three. That leads to far more passing (and punting) in the CFL than you see in the NFL.

Additionally, CFL’s similarity to rugby is seen in two major areas. First, there is a one-yard neutral zone between offensive lines and defensive lines in the CFL that cannot be crossed before the ball is snapped. Secondly, teams can score a single point by kicking the ball through the end zone in what’s called a single or a rouge.

List of Grey Cup Champions (2000)

2022 Toronto Argonauts Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24-23
2021 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-25
2020 Season Canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
2019 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12
2018 Calgary Stampeders Ottawa Redblacks 27-16
2017 Toronto Argonauts Calgary Stampeders 27-24
2016 Ottawa Redblacks Calgary Stampeders 39-33
2015 Edmonton Eskimos Ottawa Redblacks 26-20
2014 Calgary Stampeders Hamilton Tiger-Cats 20-16
2013 Saskatchewan Roughriders Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23
2012 Toronto Argonauts Calgary Stampeders 35-22
2011 BC Lions Winnipeg Blue Bombers 34-23
2010 Montreal Alouettes Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-18
2009 Montreal Alouettes Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-27
2008 Calgary Stampeders Montreal Alouettes 22-14
2007 Saskatchewan Roughriders Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23-19
2006 BC Lions Montreal Alouettes 25-14
2005 Edmonton Eskimos Montreal Alouettes 38-35
2004 Toronto Argonauts BC Lions 27-19
2003 Edmonton Eskimos Montreal Alouettes 34-22
2002 Montreal Alouettes Edmonton Eskimos 25-16
2001 Calgary Stampeders Winnipeg Blue Bombers 27-19
2000 BC Lions Montreal Alouettes 28-26

The Toronto Argonauts have won more Grey Cups than any other team in the CFL. They won their first Grey Cup in 1914, defeating the University of Toronto Varsity Blues 14-2, and Toronto won its 10th title in 1952. The Argos overcame a three-decade title drought to win in 1983, and they have now won seven Grey Cups in the last three decades.

A handful of franchises have three-peated, but only the Edmonton Elks have won five straight Grey Cups. Edmonton dominated the CFL in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as Warren Moon lit up the league. Moon led Edmonton to its last four Grey Cups, and it took five years for the Eskimos to win again after he left for the NFL.

The unluckiest team in the history of the Grey Cup is Saskatchewan. The Roughriders have made 19 appearances in the Grey Cup final, but they have just four championships to show for it. They have lost some heartbreakers over the years too, none more painful than losing the 2009 Grey Cup to Montreal after too many men on the field penalty with no time left.

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