RedBlacks vs. Blue Bombers Prediction: CFL Week 1 Point Spread, Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Jun 09, 2022

A first versus worst clash highlights the CFL schedule on Friday night, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers begin their quest for a third straight Grey Cup championship with a Week 1 home date against the Ottawa RedBlacks.

Ottawa
4-14
AT
June 10, 2022, 8:30 PM ET
IG Field
Winnipeg
15-3

The Blue Bombers return to action after racking up a league-best 11-3-0 regular season record in 2021, while the RedBlacks look to return to respectability after tallying just three wins in each of the past two seasons.

The competitive gap that existed between these two teams last season is reflected on the CFL Week 1 odds, where the Blue Bombers have emerged as lofty 10-point favourites. Ottawa is pegged as a -120 bet to cover the spread, but lags as a +400 moneyline underdog in Friday’s contest. The Bombers are perched as -525 chalk to tally their first straight up win of the season. The total in this contest is listed at 47.5.

CFL Odds and Betting

Friday night’s matchup at IG Field marks the first of two straight games between these teams to open their respective CFL regular season schedules. In addition, it marks the first meeting between these two clubs since 2019. The Blue Bombers have dominated in head-to-head action, claiming straight up and against the spread wins in six of their past seven dates with the RedBlacks, capped by a lopsided 31-1 win as 11.5-point chalk in the RedBlacks’ last visit to Winnipeg in July 2019.

With the Bombers averaging almost 31 points per game over a 6-1-0 stretch, the OVER holds a slight 4-3-0 edge, but has paid out in just one of five clashes between these teams in Winnipeg. Weather is not expected to be a factor, with the forecast at game time calling for mainly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 20s Celsius.

Ottawa RedBlacks

The RedBlacks have nowhere to go but up after enduring another dismal campaign in 2021. The road has been particularly hard for this club, which has posted just two victories in 13 away contests since August 2019. They have covered in just two of five road contests while pegged as double-digit underdogs. Not surprisingly, those woes are reflected on the CFL futures, where Ottawa is listed as a distant +1100 bet on the Grey Cup odds, and sports odds of just -125 to win OVER 7.5 games for the first time since 2018.

After averaging a dismal 13.4 points per game last season, the RedBlacks made a number of moves during the offseason. Most notable is the addition of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who will be aiming to rediscover the form that saw him throw for 28 touchdowns and 5209 passing yards in 2018.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That appears to be the philosophy of the two-time defending Grey Cup champions. While the Bombers parted ways with rusher Andrew Harris and receiver Darvin Adams, they remain a formidable offensive force. By far the highest scoring team in the CFL last season, the Blue Bombers return to action as +270 favourites to become the first team in 40 years to win three straight Grey Cup titles. However, it is important to note that Winnipeg won just four of seven road games last season, and closed out the campaign on a 2-2 run against the spread.

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