The 2021 Canadian Football League (CFL) has arrived at its final destination, the 108th Grey Cup. The game will take place on December 12th at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton and for the second consecutive season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats will battle it out for the mantle of the CFL’s top team.
Across the United States and Canada, the CFL has experienced interest among football fans and bettors alike. In response, online sportsbooks have offered weekly odds for every game on the schedule throughout the regular season and postseason. PlayPicks is providing the best bets to consider for Sunday’s championship contest using multiple sportsbooks including FanDuel and DraftKings.
2021 CFL Championship Betting | Grey Cup Best Bets
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-3, -105 at DraftKings) at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+3, -115) – Sunday, 6 p.m. ET
The Blue Bombers (11-3 in the regular season) are the visiting team against an opponent playing for all the marbles on its home field, but Winnipeg is a solid 2.5-to-3-point favorite due in large part to a significantly superior regular season and much more stability at the all-important quarterback position.
Both of those factors, along with the Bombers’ elite defense, should lead to a win of at least a field goal for the defending champs in this do-or-die matchup against Hamilton (8-6 in the regular season).
The two squads met just once in the regular season, way back in Week 1. Winnipeg dominated Hamilton in a 19-6 win, holding the Ti-Cats to under 300 total yards while recording a pair of interceptions, forcing a fumble, and recording a sack.
That game would set the tone for a dominant Bombers defense that was, by most metrics, the league’s best. Winnipeg allowed a CFL-low 13.4 points and 281.3 yards of net offense per game, along with a league-best 5.1 yards per play. Additionally, the Bombers also forced a league-high 38 turnovers.
The Tiger-Cats were also a formidable defense that was right behind Winnipeg with 33 turnovers forced. However, Hamilton has uncertainty at the most important position at the worst possible time. Jeremiah Masoli, who was brilliant at times and sub-par in others during the regular season, was benched early in Sunday’s East Division Final win over the Argonauts for Dane Evans, who may have saved Hamilton’s season.
Masoli is the more experienced of the two players and didn’t get a chance to play in the 2019 Grey Cup against the Bombers due to injury. Evans started that game in his stead and threw two interceptions in the 33-12 loss for Hamilton.
While homefield edge could naturally be a factor here, I believe it can only carry the Tiger-Cats so far. The Bombers are a more talented team top to bottom as long as star running back Andrew Harris, who racked up 169 total yards and two total TDs in the 2019 Grey Cup, is healthy enough to handle his usual workload.
The Bombers’ aggressive defense should also play a pivotal role, considering both Masoli and Evans can be goaded into interceptions and the Ti-Cats’ offensive line is also tied for second-most sacks allowed during the regular season (40).
The Pick: Blue Bombers -3 (-105 on DraftKings)