The best football game Sunday is happening North of the border. That’s right, the 108th Grey Cup takes place in Hamilton, home of the Tiger-Cats. Last year’s runner-up gets to play host to the defending champions, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as three-point underdogs on the CFL odds. How is this rematch different?
- Game: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12-3) at Hamilton Tigercats (10-6)
- Location: Tim Hortons Field
- Day/Time: Sunday, 6 p.m. ET
- Television: ESPN
Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Hamilton Tigercats Betting Lines
|Winnipeg||-3 -110||-150||44 -110o|
|Hamilton||+3 -110||+130||44 -110u|
The Blue Bombers may have had Hamilton’s number lately, but the record between these teams is 2-2 since the 2019 season. These franchises share many similarities and combined for the two longest Grey Cup droughts when they met in the lasts championship game. The Bombers covered the online sports betting odds with an emphatic 33-12 win.
REMATCH FROM TWO YEARS AGO!
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 5, 2021
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Bombers have been near-perfect. The team was without peers and clinched a playoff spot as early as Week 11,on Oct. 15. If there is any “worry” with this team is that it hadn’t played a meaningful game in more than two months.
Winnipeg has shown vulnerability heading to the CFL Playoffs by dropping its last two games even if quarterback Zach Collaros, a Most Outstanding Player Award finalist, sparsely played.
The offense has been rusty and is putting up just 15.7 points a game while losing all three of its spreads. But Winnipeg did edge Saskatchewan and now finds itself one win away from repeating as champions.
Winnipeg is at full strength although star running back Andrew Harris (knee) has not been practicing fully as he’s just returned last week.
Hamilton had a season unlike Winnipeg’s: it struggled from the beginning. The Tiger-Cats would lose their first two games and struggle to a 4-5 record to the middle of the season. But it would then rattle off four wins in its final five weeks heading to the playoffs.
Last year’s Grey Cup runner-up is determined to redeem itself and has made two statement games in beating Montreal and the East’s top-seed, the Toronto Argonauts to return home to play host to the championship game.
Hamilton has won six of its last seven games and this includes the point spread. The offense is clicking and is averaging 26.1 points in this span on top of a frisky defense that is allowing just 17.2 points for the season. The “Ti-Cats” now resemble the juggernaut we expected them to be.
Star receiver Bralon Addison (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice but is expected to play. Hamilton will also be at full strength.
Betting on the Game
It is either “domination” or “redemption” depending on who wins. The Blue Bombers look to be the first team to repeat as champions since Montreal in 2009 and ’10 while Hamilton looks to avenge its loss in 2019.
Looking at the big picture, Winnipeg is the rightful favorite. The Bombers have the league’s most dominant defense, allowing just 13.7 points. This same unit has held Hamilton to just 18 points in their last two meetings.
Even when Winnipeg’s offense struggles, as it did last week against Saskatchewan, the defense will keep the Bombers in the game. Then you add Harris and the potent running attack and Winnipeg can grind down the Ti-Cats, especially if it goes up early.
For Hamilton, Dane Evans will return under center. If he can recapture his sizzling form from last week (he went 16-of-16 with three scores), the Tiger-Cats will have a shot. But if he begins to struggle, coach Orlondo Steinauer could quickly yank him in favor of Jeremiah Masoli.
— CFL (@CFL) December 9, 2021
Collaros is also eager to bounce back after having one of his worst games against the Roughriders. Harris and the defense bailed him out, but since he’s taken over as Winnipeg’s QB, the Bombers have lost one game when he plays in full.
Going beyond the unpredictable offenses, one thing is certain: this will be won by the defenses. These are the CFL’s best defenses and all five of their meetings from the last two seasons have gone under the total.
Winnipeg could just edge this one. It will be another nailbiter and Hamilton with the extra three points may be the way to go when bet online on a team. But as far as the best bet, hit the under 44 points.