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Blue Bombers Favored as Grey Cup Rematch Kicks Off 2024 CFL Season

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers get a shot at some redemption as they host the Montreal Alouettes for Week 1 of the 2024 CFL season. Montreal upset Winnipeg as a sizable underdog in the last championship game, the 2023 Grey Cup. Still, the CFL betting odds peg Winnipeg as a wide favorite here at -7½ on the point spread (-350 on the moneyline). That game kicks off this year’s first week, which also features other juicy matchups.

 

Blue Bombers Favored as Grey Cup Rematch Kicks Off 2024 CFL Season
Zach Collaros #9 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers/Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

What’s Up, CFL? Week 1 Top Storylines

The champs are here! Montreal rolls into CFL Week 1 as the defending Grey Cup champions for the first time since 2010. But given the outright CFL lines, it’s expected to be a rough start as the Alouettes could get rolled by Winnipeg.

 

Grey Cup Rematch Remains Lopsided in Favor of Blue Bombers

The Alouettes got hammered 47-17 the last time they visited Winnipeg. Meanwhile, Winnipeg went 9-1 at home last season and 8-2 against the spread (ATS), though that one loss was a stinker against the BC Lions.

The Bombers are still expected to be the CFL’s team to beat with a regular-season win (RSW) total projected at a whopping 12.5 wins. Winnipeg has not lost more than three regular-season games since 2019.

And say what you will about this team the Blue Bombers get older but continue to rack up wins. Ten of the Top 50 CFL Players, per CFL on TSN, are Bombers. This includes quarterback Zach Collaros and running back Brady Oliveira as the top two players. Wide receiver Dalton Schoen (#4) and defensive lineman Willie Jefferson (#9) round out the top 10.

 

 

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Expect a high-scoring game when these teams meet as well. The total of 48 points is the highest for Week 1. The Bombers led the CFL in scoring last season with 33 points per game. Fourteen of their 18 regular-season games went over the total. This may be the best line to bet for this matchup.

 

 

Argonauts Row on Without Quarterback

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Chad Kelly went from hero to zero as quickly as he choked during the East Division Finals last year. The reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player is suspended thanks to some grade-A douchey behavior. Toronto moves on with Cameron Dukes as the incumbent quarterback. He’s barely played in the CFL, hence why the Argonauts have taken a hit on the betting lines.

Toronto’s RSW total is down to 9.5. And it opens at home, against the BC Lions, as a 5½-point underdog. The Argos went 15-1 in the games Kelly played last season. To think this team, which features three players in the top 12, will fall off sharply is ludicrous. Quarterback is the most important position, but Toronto can win six fewer games this season and still go over their RSW projection. Unbelievable.

As for the Lions, they were the third-best team for most of last season. Had the Bombers not been so good, BC could have made back-to-back Grey Cup trips. Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. was ranked third on the Top 50 list. The Lions were also the only team to beat Winnipeg as a visitor. However, they were also just 5-4-1 ATS as a road team last season.

Give us Toronto at +5½. This feels like the best angle for this game.

 

 

Are the Elks Ready to Rise?

Color us surprised. But are the Edmonton Elks the fifth-best team in the CFL this season? The drop-off from the four teams above to the next may be a wide gap. Think of the Chiefs against the rest of the AFC West in the NFL last season. But Edmonton is favored by two points over Saskatchewan to open its 2024 season.

The Elks went 4-14 last season, but they did finally snap their 22-game losing streak at home. On top of that, Edmonton could have its version of the “Triplets” with the arrival of quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson. With receiver Eugene Lewis and running backs Kevin Brown and Javon Leake, Edmonton could score plenty of points.

The Elks will have to get past the re-tooled Roughriders. With Scott Milanovich, a three-time Grey Cup champion as a coach, leading the team, Saskatchewan could also be improved. The Roughriders only went 2-7 on the road last year, however.

If you look at the online sports betting lines, the public has bet the overs on Edmonton’s (6.5) and Saskatchewan’s (7.5) RSW totals. This game offers a glimpse as to which team has improved from the get-go.

 

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Who is the biggest favorite for CFL Week 1?


The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are lined at -360 to beat the Montreal Alouettes for CFL Week 1.

When does CFL Week 1 start?


The 2024 CFL season starts on June 6, 2024. Winnipeg and Montreal meet at 8:30 p.m. ET. on CFL+ for free.

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