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The 2022 CFL regular season runs from June 9, 2022 to October 29, 2022. The 2022 CFL Playoffs will begin on Sunday, November 6, 2022 and the 109th Grey Cup will take place at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan on Sunday, November 20, 2022. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won the CFL title in each of the past two seasons and they are looking to become the first team since the 1978-1982 Edmonton Eskimos to win three straight titles. After the Blue Bombers, it looks to be wide-open with a number of contenders, including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts. The Montreal Alouettes are a darkhorse team this season, while the Ottawa Redblacks, British Columbia Lions and Edmonton Elks are longshots.

2022 Grey Cup Odds

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are two-time defending CFL Champions and a deserving favorite to make it three in a row. The Bombers started last season 11-1 before resting their starters. Winnipeg dominated on defense a year ago, giving up just 13.4 points per game. They did lose leading rusher Andrew Harris to Toronto in the off-season, but running backs in the CFL are not critical to success.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats finished in second place in the East last season behind Toronto but they had some struggles away from home going just 3-4. They were able to beat Toronto last season in the East Final to reach the Grey Cup. They nearly beat Winnipeg, but fell in overtime. The Tiger-Cats have not won a Grey Cup title since 1999.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders finished second in the West Division last season. They were fortunate to get past Calgary in the West semifinal but they nearly beat Winnipeg in the West Final. Scoring points was the problem for the Roughriders last season, as they averaged just 20.3 points per game.

The Toronto Argonauts went 9-5 last season and finished in first in the East Division. They won six of their last eight games but they lost to Hamilton in the East Final. The Argonauts re-signed McLeod Bethel-Thompson but he threw 11 interceptions a year ago.

The Calgary Stampeders finished 8-6 a season ago but they were really good late after starting the season 2-5. The Stamps won six of their last seven games. Calgary could have some good value in 2022.

The Montreal Alouettes went 7-7 last season but they were not threat to Hamilton in the East semifinal. The Alouettes don’t have much confidence in their quarterbacks, as Vernon Adams and Trevor Harris struggled last season. Perhaps Adams can bounce back after getting hurt last season.

The Ottawa Redblacks struggled last season but they have renewed hope for 2022, as Jeremiah Masoli takes over at quarterback. He spent the last eight seasons with Hamilton.

The British Columbia Lions went just 5-9 last season, but most of their success came early as they went 4-2 in their first six games. Nathan Rourke takes over at quarterback after Michael Reilly retired.

The Edmonton Elks were a mess last season after going 3-11. They were a pathetic 0-7 at home. It looks like Nick Arbuckle will be the starter at quarterback to start the season.

East Division Teams

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Orlondo Steinauer Tim Hortons Field
Montreal Alouettes Khari Jones Percival Molson Stadium
Ottawa Redblacks Paul LaPolice TD Place
Toronto Argonauts Ryan Dinwiddie BMO Field

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.

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.

Grey Cup Titles Among Active Teams

Toronto Argonauts 17
Edmonton Elks 14
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12
Calgary Stampeders 8
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 8
Montreal Alouettes 7
BC Lions 6
Saskatchewan Roughriders 4
Ottawa Redblacks 1

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 won six 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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