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With the news that the Canadian Football League and its players agreed to a seven-year Collective Bargaining Agreement, some CFL bets can be made even this early.
That is the fun part of the Canadian sports betting market. Futures wait for no one.
Now, the 2022 CFL season starts June 9 with 18 games over 21 weeks.
Here are a few bets to consider this 2022 season.
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Can The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Three-Peat?
Three-peat talk will be a burning question all season. Consider that Winnipeg won the first title in 2019 and then defended its crown in 2021. Despite some reservations and transitioning to a full schedule instead of a “two-thirds route,” guess who is favoured again? That is correct. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers range between 3.50 and 4.25 to win another Grey Cup.
The odd part in all of this is when the CFL futures break down into divisions.
There is less of a spread for the West Division, where Winnipeg ranges from 2.25 to 2.75 to win it. That is because of their rival Saskatchewan Rough Riders.
In the past two years, the Rough Riders have come the closest to dethroning Winnipeg. They went 9-5 in 2021, training Winnipeg, 11-3, by two games.
Winnipeg has the depth and quarterback play to do this again. Zach Collaros and Kenny Lawler provided quite a punch.
Collaros is an easy MOP candidate when Futures are released. Winnipeg is our pick to pull off the three-peat.
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Considering Some Win Totals To Bet On This Season?
The CFL futures have released Over-Unders on win totals.
These early numbers are exciting and take into account the 18-game schedule over 21 weeks. Multiple bye weeks will feel weird at first, but this will be helpful to the teams.
Early on, Saskatchewan is set at 9.5 wins. The odds at 1.74 reflect quiet confidence that this total may be too low. Some had expected 10.5.
Calgary projects at 9.5 wins, but that might be more accurate. That extra win makes a difference.
Saskatchewan has the best early value. Cody Fajardo can challenge for the MOP along with Bo Levi Mitchell (two-time MOP).
If Mitchell is healthy, Calgary is a dark-horse pick (it is around 7.50 to 8.00 to win the Grey Cup).
Finally, our early picks are taking the risk on the Over with Saskatchewan and Calgary. Both should win 10-11 games, and at 1.74, it’s not a horrible risk.
Take those two Overs and the Winnipeg three-peat for starters. The 2022 CFL Season should be one wild campaign, and Week 1 is just a mere 13 days away.
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