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Before there was football in the United States, there was football north of the border. The best Canadian football teams have competed for the Grey Cup since 1909. Over that time, we have seen many changes to the Canadian game. Like American football, it evolved from rugby, but there are more vestiges of rugby in the Canadian game than in the American game. That can lead to viewers outside of Canada scratching their heads, but it makes for a very exciting brand of football.

Odds to Win 2019 Grey Cup

TEAM OCT 10
Hamilton Tiger-Cats +250
Saskatchewan Roughriders +300
Calgary Stampeders +350
Winnipeg Blue Bombers +450
Montreal Alouettes +450
Edmonton Eskimos +1600
BC Lions +5000

CFL Week 18 Games & Odds

October 11, 7 p.m. ET

Toronto Argonauts -1 vs. Ottawa Redblacks, O/U 48.5

October 11, 9:30 p.m. ET

Calgary Stampeders -3 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders, O/U 47.5

October 12, 4 p.m. ET

Winnipeg Blue Bombers -4 vs. Montreal Alouettes, O/U 46.5

October 12, 7 p.m. ET

Edmonton Eskimos +2.5 vs. BC Lions, O/U 45

CFL Week 18 Preview

The BC Lions are out to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday night. BC has won four straight games to move from 1-10 to 5-10, but a loss to Edmonton this weekend would lead to the Leos missing out on the postseason. The Eskimos have a two-game advantage in the race for the final playoff spot, but they are underdogs at home against the Lions this weekend. Edmonton is dealing with a rash of injuries, particularly along the offensive line, and that could lead to BC making the last few weeks of the season very interesting.

First place in the West Division is on the line when Calgary takes on Saskatchewan in the other big game of the week. The Roughriders are on top of the West with a 10-4 record, but the Stampeders are just a game behind entering this important clash. Calgary has won four of its last five games as Bo Levi Mitchell has played very well to put the Stamps in a position to repeat as Grey Cup champions.

CFL Week 17 Recap

Hamilton crushed Edmonton last week, and the Tiger-Cats are starting to look like the team to beat. Dane Evans has come along nicely since taking over for Jeremiah Masoli, and the defense has been excellent. The Ti-Cats have a 3.5 game lead over Montreal for home field advantage in the East Division, and given this team’s perfect home record, Hamilton is considered the favorite to win it all per the Grey Cup betting odds.

One of the other favorites to win it all last month has seen its odds drop. Winnipeg has lost three in a row after falling on the road to Saskatchewan last week, as Chris Streveler has had a tough time adjusting to the CFL. Streveler has thrown five interceptions in those three losses, and Winnipeg will likely have to travel in the postseason now. The Blue Bombers are just 3-5 away from home this season, so that doesn’t bode well for their playoff chances.

CFL East Division Teams

TEAM HEAD COACH HOME STADIUM
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Orlondo Steinauer Tim Hortons Field
Montreal Alouettes Mike Sherman Percival Molson Memorial Stadium
Ottawa Redblacks Rick Campbell TD Place Stadium
Toronto Argonauts Corey Chamblin BMO Field

CFL West Division Teams

TEAM HEAD COACH HOME STADIUM
BC Lions DeVone Claybrooks BC Place
Calgary Stampeders Dave Dickenson McMahon Stadium
Edmonton Eskimos Jason Maas 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

TEAM NUMBER OF TITLES
Toronto Argonauts 17
Edmonton Eskimos 14
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 10
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 Eskimos have won five straight Grey Cups. The Eskimos 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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Live Lines

  • Time
  • Teams
  • Spread
  • Total
  • Odds
  • Oct 18

    4:00 PM

    • 681
    • Toronto Argonauts
    • +10½-110
    • o53-110
    •  
    • 682
    • Montreal Alouettes
    • -10½-110
    • u53-110
    •  
  • Oct 18

    7:00 PM

    • 683
    • Saskatchewan Roughriders
    • -4½-120
    • o47-110
    •  
    • 684
    • B.C. Lions
    • +4½+100
    • u47-110
    •  
  • Oct 19

    1:00 PM

    • 685
    • Ottawa Redblacks
    • +17-105
    • o51-109
    •  
    • 686
    • Hamilton Tigercats
    • -17-115
    • u51-111
    •  
  • Oct 19

    4:00 PM

    • 687
    • Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    • +7-110
    • o50½-109
    •  
    • 688
    • Calgary Stampeders
    • -7-110
    • u50½-111
    •  

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