2021 CFL Grey Cup Picks: Hamilton Tiger-Cats Open As Favorites

  • Bovada favors the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to win the 2021 Grey Cup
  • The Canadian Football League’s 14-game season begins on Aug. 5 with the 108th Grey Cup being held in Hamilton on Dec. 12
  • Winnipeg (+450) is the defending champion but Calgary (+450) has 12 consecutive seasons with double-digit wins

It has been a long wait for fans of the Canadian Football League after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the entire 2020 season. With talks of a potential CFL-XFL partnership having come to an end, the nine Canadian teams across the league will open training camp on Saturday in preparation for a shortened 14-game season.

Before the CFL season kicks off on Aug. 5, let’s take a look at the opening odds to win the 108th Grey Cup in Hamilton on Dec. 12.

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Odds to win 2021 Grey Cup

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats+275
Saskatchewan Roughriders+400
Calgary Stampeders+450
Winnipeg Blue Bombers+450
Montreal Alouettes+500
Toronto Argonauts+750
BC Lions+800
Edmonton Elks+1000
Ottawa Redblacks+1000

Hamilton Tiger-Cats open as favorites

The Tiger-Cats opened as +275 favorites to win the 108th Grey Cup on their home field. Back in 2019, Hamilton recorded its first 15-win season in franchise history, scoring the most points and allowing fewest of any team in the CFL. They then cruised through the postseason before getting pummeled 33-12 by Winnipeg in the Grey Cup.

The Ti-Cats will return from a 20-month layoff with most of their roster in-tact and the league’s strongest quarterback duo with Dane Evans and Jeremiah Masoli, who suffered a season-ending injury in 2019.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders (+400) are next on the board despite losing four players to Achilles injuries during a workout session last week. Yikes. Luckily, 29-year-old quarterback Cody Fajardo, the West Division’s Most Outstanding Player in 2019, and CFL all-star Shaq Evans were not among the injured players.

Hamilton Tiger-CatsTo Win 2021 Grey Cup
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Bombers set to defend their title

In 2019, Winnipeg (+450) never surrendered more than 14 points in consecutive playoff wins over Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Hamilton (three of the four highest-scoring teams in the league) to snap the CFL’s longest championship drought with a Grey Cup victory.

That fearsome Blue-Bombers defense should also get a boost from Canadian defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo after he couldn’t find a home in the NFL. With fourth consecutive seasons of double-digit wins, Winnipeg has a chance to go back-to-back.

The best value on the board, however, is the Stampeders (+450), who have reeled off a dozen straight seasons of double-digit wins that include seven first-place finishes, six Grey Cup appearances, and three championships.

Heading into a year of unknowns following a canceled season, Calgary is easily the safest bet on the board.

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