Champion Eskimos Lead CFL Odds To Win 2016 Grey Cup

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Jun 15, 2016

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Can the Edmonton Eskimos defend their Grey Cup title? Check out our latest CFL odds before the regular season kicks off on June 23. 

The CFL’s two-week pre-season wraps up on Saturday with a game between Saskatchewan and Edmonton, and the 2016 regular season kicks off Thursday, June 23, with Hamilton visiting Toronto in the first game that counts at BMO Field. It’s the first time the Argonauts will host a season opener since the 2008 season. That year didn’t go so well for Toronto as it finished 4-14, but expectations are high for 2016. Here’s a glance at each team’s Sports Interaction CFL Grey Cup odds.

Breaking Down CFL Odds

Edmonton Eskimos

Grey Cup odds: +400

Season win total: 11.5

Edmonton beat Ottawa 26-20 back in November in Winnipeg for the franchise’s 14th Grey Cup title and first since 2005. The Eskimos’ Jordan Lynch scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard sneak with 3:22 left. Edmonton starting quarterback Mike Reilly was the game MVP in throwing for 269 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 66 yards. The Eskimos won their final 10 games after Reilly returned as the starter. He had injured his knee in a season-opening loss to Toronto. The Eskimos lost head coach Chris Jones to Saskatchewan shortly after the Grey Cup — Jones took most of his staff — and the team recently suffered a big defensive loss as cornerback John Ojo, who led the team with five interceptions last year, ruptured an Achilles tendon in practice. He was an all-star in 2015, Ojo’s first in the CFL, but is now out for the season. Edmonton has a wins total of 11.5 for 2016. Jason Maas is the team’s rookie head coach after just one year as an offensive coordinator

Calgary Stampeders

Grey Cup Odds: +450

Season win total: 11.5

(+450): Calgary, like Edmonton, finished 14-4 last season but lost the tiebreaker to the Eskimos for the West Division title. The Stampeders beat BC 35-9 in the West Semi-Finals but then lost at Edmonton 45-31 in the West Final. The  Stampeders are now lea by head coach Dave Dickerson, formerly the team’s offensive coordinator, as he replaces John Hufnagel, who stepped down. Dickerson played six seasons with the franchise as well. His offense was the best in the CFL in 2014 when the Stampeders won their last Grey Cup.  Calgary also has a wins total of 11.5 for the season.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Grey Cup Odds: +500

Season win total: 10.5

(+500): Hamilton was 10-8 last regular season, second to Ottawa in the East Division. The Tiger-Cats defeated Toronto 25-22 in the East Semi-Final but lost to the Redblacks in the 35-28 East Final, ending their quest to compete in three straight Grey Cups. Hamilton enters the season without injured starting quarterback Zack Collaros as he recovers from knee surgery. But backup Jeremiah Masoli showed his potential by playing well in the win over Toronto in the semi-final and throwing for 349 yards in the loss to Ottawa in the division final. Hamilton has a wins total of 10.5 for the coming season.

Toronto Argonauts

Grey Cup odds: +600

Season win total: 10.5

This was a team without a true home for much of last season yet the club still finished a respectable 10-8 and third in the East Division. The season ended in the East Semi-Final with a 25-22 loss on a 46-yard field goal on the final play at Hamilton. Toronto continued its struggle at Tim Hortons Field, dropping to 0-6 there all-time. Now only do the Argonauts have a new home but also new ownership Bell Canada and Larry Tanenbaum’s Kilmer Group. The Argos are looking for their 17th Grey Cup title and first since 2012. They have a wins total of 10.5.

Ottawa Redblacks

Grey Cup Odds: +700

Season win total: 9.5

(+700): The Redblacks followed up a 2-16 record in their first season back in the CFL in 2014 with a 12-6 mark last year and East Division title. They beat Hamilton in the East Final before falling in a terrific Grey Cup to Edmonton. Ottawa led the game 13-0 at one point. The franchise reached its first Grey Cup since a 26-23 loss to Edmonton in 1981. The city’s last CFL championship came in 1976 with the former Rough Riders. Ottawa’s offence remains in capable hands with quarterback Henry Burris, the 2015 CFL Most Outstanding Player. Burris posted a CFL-record 481 completions and led the league in passing with 5,703 yards. among other categories, in collecting his second career outstanding player award. Sports Interaction oddsmakers expect a bit of a step back for Ottawa with a wins total of 9.5.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Grey Cup Odds: +800

Season win total: 7.5

(+800): If you can’t beat them, steal from them. The Roughriders hired away Eskimos head coach Jones as the franchise’s head coach, general manager and vice president of football operations. Saskatchewan fired head coach Corey Chamblin and general manager Brendan Taman last August when the Roughriders were still winless. They finished with the league’s worst record at 3-15 — the team’s worst since 1999. So Jones has his work cut out for him, and he has largely overhauled the roster. The Roughriders have a wins total of 7.5.

British Columbia Lions

Grey Cup Odds: +900

Season win total: 8.5

(+900): The Lions were 7-11 last season, finishing third in the West Division and were blown out in the West Semi-Final by Calgary. Head coach Jeff Tedford, a former offensive coordinator with the NFL’s Buccaneers and head coach at the University of California, resigned after just one year. So GM Wally Buono hired himself to replace Tedford. Buono had promised team owner David Braley back when he’d retired from coaching in 2011 that he would return to the sideline if the team ever needed him. Buono is the winningest coach in CFL history and has won five Grey Cups as a head coach, two with the Lions, and is in the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The health of linebacker Solomon Elimimian, winner of the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Player Awards in 2014, could be a key. His season ended last  August due to an Achilles injury. BC has a wins total of 8.5.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Grey Cup Odds: +1000

Season win total: 6.5

(+1000): The Blue Bombers were fourth in the West Division last year with a 5-13 record. General Manager Kyle Walters was very busy in adding free agents this off-season — the likes of Andrew Harris, Weston Dressler, Ryan Smith, Justin Medlock, Keith Shologan and Euclid Cummings – as well as hiring a new offensive coordinator in Paul LaPolice. Winnipeg should improve simply if QB Drew Willy stays healthy. The Bombers were 3-4 when his season ended last year due to injury and they are 2-10 in games he has missed over the last two campaigns. Winnipeg has a wins total of 6.5.

Montreal Alouettes

Grey Cup Odds: +1200

Season win total: 7.5

(+1200): The Als finished with a 6-12 record last year and missed the playoffs for the first time since the franchise returned to the CFL in 1996. Jim Popp returns as coach. Popp, who has been general manager since 1996, stepped into the head coaching  job last mid-season when Tom Higgins was fired. One big hole to fill is at left tackle as for the first time since 2006 Josh Bourke won’t be lined up there for Montreal this year. He left for Toronto as a free agent. The team did bring back Duron Carter and Kenny Stafford in free agency after both left the in 2015. Montreal has a wins total of 7.5.