CFL Grey Cup Odds, Picks & Predictions: Winnipeg vs Hamilton
History will be repeating itself in the matchup for the 108th Grey Cup game. With sports betting in Canada now legal, oddsmakers are also backing history to repeat itself in the outcome of the game.
When the Grey Cup was last played in 2019 – the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19 – it was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 to win their first Canadian Football League title since 1990.
The same two teams will meet in the 2021 CFL championship game for the Grey Cup on Sunday, Dec. 12 and sportsbooks are going with the visitors, even though the Grey Cup is being played in Hamilton at Tim Hortons Field.
The defending champion Blue Bombers are being established in the moneyline as the -190 betting favorite at FanDuel. The Ti-Cats can be had at underdog odds of +162.
In the Grey Cup point spread, DraftKings is showing the Blue Bombers as 4.5-point favorites. Hamilton won the East final over Toronto as 1-point underdogs. DraftKings is setting the total at 44.5 points. The odds are -110 whether bettors go with the over or the under.
2021 CFL Grey Cup Odds
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||-4.5 (-110)||-180||Over 44.5 (-110)|
|Hamilton Tiger-Cats||+4.5 (-110)||+155||Under 44.5 (-110)|
Key Matchups For 2021 CFL Grey Cup
Zach Collaros vs Hamilton’s QB Mess: Winnipeg QB Collaros is the Western rep for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player. With Hamilton trailing Toronto 12-0 in the East final, starting QB Jeremiah Masoli was benched by head coach Orlondo Steinauer in favor of backup Dane Evans. Who gets the start in the biggest game of the season?
Winnipeg Defense vs Hamilton Offense: The Bombers played an absolute stinker in the West Final against Saskatchewan. Winnipeg turned the ball over six times, five of them in the first half. But thanks to the CFL’s best defense, the Bombers only trailed the Roughriders by three at halftime. The offense got their act together in the second half and won the game.
Andrew Harris vs Hamilton Front Seven: Returning from a two-month knee injury absence, Winnipeg RB Andrew Harris rumbled for 123 yards and a TD on 23 carries in the 21-17 West Final win over Saskatchewan. In the 2019 Grey Cup game, Harris shredded the Tiger-Cats defense for 134 yards and a TD on 18 carries, an average of 7.4 yards per carry. He was named MVP of the game.
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Key Stats For 2021 CFL Grey Cup
11-14 (.440): Winnipeg’s overall Grey Cup record.
7-4 (.636): The Blue Bombers’ record when facing Hamilton in the Grey Cup.
1-0: Hamilton’s record when playing the Grey Cup game at home. The Tiger-Cats beat Saskatchewan 13-10 in the 1972 Grey Cup at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
1999: Last year in which the Tiger-Cats won the Grey Cup. That’s the longest active drought in the CFL. Hamilton is 0-3 in Grey Cup games since 1999.
11: Number of times Winnipeg’s CFL-leading defense held opponents under 20 points in a game this season. Seven times they kept the other team to less than 10 points. That included a 35-0 shutout of the BC Lions and a 19-6 season-opening win over Hamilton.
2021 CFL Grey Cup Best Bet
At the outset of the 2021 CFL season, Hamilton was set as the +450 chalk on betting apps to win the Grey Cup. The Blue Bombers were the +800 third betting choice.
However, while Hamilton scuffled to an 8-6 finish, Winnipeg (11-3) again proved through the course of the 2021 CFL season to be the best all-around team in the league. Entering the conference finals, the Bombers were the -130 betting choice on betting sites to be Grey Cup champions.
Winnipeg played poorly last week and still won. That’s the mark of a great team.
CFL Grey Cup Pick
Winnipeg Blue Bombers -4.5 (-110) at DraftKings
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