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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.

CFL Week 11 Games & Odds

August 23, 9 p.m. ET

Edmonton Eskimos -7 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers, O/U 46

August 24, 7 p.m. ET

Saskatchewan Roughriders -10.5 vs. Ottawa Redblacks, O/U 49

August 24, 10 p.m. ET

BC Lions +3.5 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats, O/U 47.5

August 25, 12 p.m. ET (in Moncton, New Brunswick)

Montreal Argonauts -6 vs. Toronto Argonauts O/U 55

CFL Week 11 Preview

This is the first week where rosters start to really change. NFL teams are making their first cuts, and CFL teams have been signing some of the players that weren’t able to catch on with another team. That will lead to a shake-up in the standings, especially as more and more moves are made over the next couple weeks.

Quarterback injuries continue to dominate the headlines too. Calgary’s Bo Levi Mitchell is only now getting back from an injury, Hamilton’s Masoli is out for the season, and Winnipeg’s Matt Nichols was just ruled out for 4-6 weeks. Those were three of the favorites to win the Grey Cup, so that has thrown the race wide open.

Edmonton might be the biggest beneficiary of those injuries. The Eskimos have the top-ranked offense and top-ranked defense in the league, and Trevor Harris has had a great season. If he stays healthy, this could be your Grey Cup winner at season’s end.

CFL Week 10 Recap

Montreal continued its incredible turnaround with a shootout win over Calgary last Saturday. The Alouettes scored twice in the final minute of regulation to force overtime against the Stampeders, and then they scored two touchdowns in overtime to secure the win. The ground game continued to produce even though William Stanback was unable to play because of injury, and Vernon Adams Jr. keeps sparking the offense with his big play ability.

With most teams at the halfway point of the season, the playoff picture seems pretty clear. Toronto and BC are unlikely to make the postseason with one win apiece, and the West Division might have four teams once again. Even though Hamilton lost star quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, the Tiger-Cats are three games up on their foes in the East Division, and it’s hard to see them losing that lead.

CFL East Division Teams

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

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

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
  • Ago 24

    4:00 PM

    • 683
    • Ottawa Redblacks
    • +10-115
    • o48-110
    • 684
    • Saskatchewan Roughriders
    • -10-105
    • u48-110
  • Ago 24

    7:00 PM

    • 685
    • Hamilton Tigercats
    • -3½-110
    • o48½-110
    • 686
    • B.C. Lions
    • +3½-110
    • u48½-110
  • Ago 25

    9:00 AM

    • 687
    • Montreal Alouettes
    • -6½-115
    • o54-110
    • 688
    • Toronto Argonauts
    • +6½-105
    • u54-110

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