2021 CFL Season Betting Odds and Preview

Cody Fajardo 2021 CFL season

Whilst the United States is eagerly waiting for the return of the NFL season, things are just about to kickoff up North over at the Canadian Football League. The CFL is set to resume action a month ahead of its American brethren on August 5, and we’ve decided to take a closer look at several teams that are in the running for the Grey Cup this season.

Read on for our complete odds and preview for the upcoming 2021 CFL season. And for all the latest news and happenings on and off the football gridiron, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.

2021 CFL Season Betting Odds and Preview

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+300)

Despite coming up one win short of capturing the 2019 Grey Cup after a two-decade-long drought, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are still considered as slight favorites to win the CFL championship this season.

The Tiger-Cats had the league’s best defense last season, which led the league in points allowed (19.1 PAPG) and passing touchdowns to the opposition (17). Even though a couple of players in Delvin Breaux and Rico Murray left the team in the offseason, there’s still plenty of star power on Hamilton’s D, namely Simoni Lawrence, Ted Laurent, Ja’Gared Davis, and Dylan Wynn each anchoring the Cats’ front seven. 

Saskatchewan Roughriders (+450)

Like Hamilton, the Saskatchewan Roughriders fell victim to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2019 playoffs, with the former squandering their bye in the semifinals stage and seeing the Blue Bombers go all the way and becoming the league champs.

But unlike the Tiger-Cats, this year’s Roughriders squad is an offensive machine that would make the late rapper DMX proud. Quarterback Cody Fajardo splashed onto the scene in his first season as a starter, throwing for over 4,300 passing yards and 18 touchdowns. Fajardo still has the likes of star wideouts Shaq Evans and Kyran Moore to connect with, which is why many are high on Rider Nation to win the title once more for the first time since 2009.

 

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Dark Horses

Montreal Alouettes (+850)

The Montreal Alouettes returned to the playoffs in 2019 after a four-year absence from the postseason competition and should be improved this 2021 campaign. 

While there are still concerns regarding Montreal’s defense after stud linebacker Henoc Muamba left to join his hometown team in Toronto, the team still possesses one of the most dynamic weapons on the field in kick returner Mario Alford. Alford scored a 99-yard touchdown in the 2019 semis against Edmonton and will need to relive his magical 2019 season for the Als to make a deeper playoff push this time around, especially with th offensive and defensive rosters still average at best on paper.

BC Lions (+900)

Despite finishing dead-last in the West standings last season, the BC Lions have much better odds at possibly winning the Grey Cup this season given their coaching overhaul on the defensive side of the ball.

Head coach Rick Campbell will be serving double duty once more as BC’s defensive coordinator and should have his squad fired up after the league’s one-year hiatus. The Lions’ secondary, which ranked third in passing yards allowed in 2019, is still intact. Unfortunately, the entire defensive line and several key linebackers are gone, which will put Campbell’s strategy to the test with new arrivals, particularly the first-overall pick as the 2020 CFL Draft in linebacker Jordan Williams.

Huge Reach

Edmonton Elks (+1,100)

The winningest team in CFL history is still far from reaching its once lofty position in the league this season, as the Edmonton Elks have the worst odds to win the 2021 Grey Cup along with the Ottawa Redblacks.

There have been a lot of moving parts for Edmonton apart from the recent name change, namely the team’s new head coach in Jamie Elizondo, who was given the job just this past February after supposed head coach Scott Milanovich resigned in January. Nevertheless, quarterback Trevor Harris should keep the Elks competitive throughout the season. Harris has thrown for over 4,000 yards in four of his last five seasons in the league and even set a new career-high in rushing TDs with six in the 2019 season.

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*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.

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