2018 CFL Playoffs
The road to the Grey Cup kicks off on Sunday with the East and West Division Semi-Finals. Although Calgary remains the best team in the CFL, there is better value on other teams to win the 106th Grey Cup. Look at the hottest team in the CFL – the Saskatchewan Roughriders – to cause some havoc in the playoffs and push for their first Grey Cup since 2013.
Grey Cup Quick Facts
- East teams won last two Grey Cups
- Reigning Champions, Toronto Argonauts missed the postseason
- Calgary Stampeders lost the last two Grey Cups (despite being the favourite)
- Winnipeg owns the longest Grey Cup drought, dating back to 1990
- Stampeders went wire-to-wire as the favourite to win the Grey Cup
Outright 2018 Grey Cup Futures
For the majority of the 2018 CFL regular season, the Calgary Stampeders owned the best odds of winning the 2018 Grey Cup. However, after some stumbling down the stretch (however they took care of business in the final week of the season), betting against Calgary may be the best strategy to employ.
Calgary is still the favourite on most online sportsbooks with odds around +150 to win the 106th Grey Cup. The Stampeders had the best defence and second best offence in the CFL this season.
Calgary faces some healthy competition in the West from the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Roughriders beat Calgary twice this season, including a 29-24 win in Calgary only two weeks ago. Saskatchewan played a lot of close football this season (finishing the year with just a +6 point differential). However, they were great at closing out games and have played like the best team in the CFL over the last two months. Saskatchewan was one of only two teams to beat Calgary in Calgary this season.
Overall Calgary remains the best team in the CFL but does fine more vulnerable than they have in previous years. Take the value on Saskatchewan at +300 (and consider some money on the East-leading Ottawa Redblacks at +600) to win the 2018 Grey Cup.
Pick: Saskatchewan Roughriders to Win the 2018 Grey Cup (+450)
Semi-Finals Playoff Game Predictions
See below the top sportsbooks where you can wager online and choose the best one for you:
BC Lions vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
For the 11th time in CFL history, the crossover rule for the playoffs is in effect (and for the 11th time it is a Western team travelling East). While the BC Lions finished with a better record than the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, conventional statistics and the history of the crossover game give Hamilton the edge in this game.
Only 30% of crossover teams won their playoff game (with those three all losing in the Eastern Finals). Hamilton played in the crossover game last season and lost to Saskatchewan. However, the Roughriders were a better team than this year’s Lions. The Lions have the worst road record of any playoff team, and by far the worst point differential (-50) of the six teams left competing for the Grey Cup.
While neither team is a great bet to win the Grey Cup, Hamilton on the moneyline Sunday afternoon is the best bet of the day.
Pick: Hamilton Tiger-Cats to win outright (+115)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers bring the league’s highest-scoring offence to Regina in the second of the Division Semi-Finals games on Sunday. While Winnipeg can score, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are the hottest team in the CFL, winning five of their final six games. Saskatchewan won two of three against Winnipeg this season, although they lost the last meeting 31-0 in Winnipeg.
Saskatchewan had their final bye week of the season in the last week, meaning they have had time to prepare for this game and fix any issue that caused them to get shutout the previous time these two teams played.
Winnipeg did not play their best on the road this season, going 4-5 and only 1-4 against the West. Saskatchewan was the only team in the CFL with a record above .500 against the West (as most teams cannibalized each other to a 5-5 or 4-6 record).
Pick: Saskatchewan Roughriders -3.0 (-110)
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