CFL Preseason Outright Odds: If Each Team Was an NFL Team

Previewing The 2022 CFL Season With the NFL's Lens

The 2022 CFL season news is here and it’s back with some rule changes. The already offensively-driven league will feature more scoring and you may see that reflected on the betting lines with higher totals (over/unders). With that said, the 2022 CFL preseason odds remain conventional with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the two-time defending champions as the outright favorites.

2022 CFL Season Preview: Who’s Who?

Canadian football is quite different than American football. But that doesn’t change the fact that some CFL teams can be similar to their American counterparts in some respects. As the CFL preseason comes to an end, here is how all nine CFL teams look heading to the 2022 season.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: The Rams

The Blue Bombers are like the Los Angeles Rams not only because they’re both their league’s defending champions but because they’re great everywhere. Winnipeg has one of the most prolific defenses in the league with a veteran quarterback and also lost one of its aging stars in Andre Harris. But since it’s the CFL, Winnipeg’s CFL schedule in 2022 is not as treacherous as the Rams’ in the NFL.

Saskatchewan Roughriders: The 49ers

The Rams and 49ers are rivals just as much as Winnipeg and Saskatchewan. The Roughriders, like the 49ers, have one of the toughest defenses. In fact, its the defense that carried the team. Cody Fajardo is a solid quarterback but he’ll need to up his game with the offense if Saskatchewan is to finally beat those darned Blue Bombers.

Toronto Argonauts: The Buccaneers Minus Tom Brady

Like the Buccaneers, the Argonauts’ roster is more of a collection of star players and veterans that somehow gels together. Toronto went above and beyond expectations, last season and now finds itself as the third-best team per the CFL preseason outright odds. With that in mind, unlike Tampa, this team does not have that superstar quarterback to give it an edge over the other contenders.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats: The Bills

So close yet so far. The Tiger-Cats, like the Bills, have fallen short in the past two seasons losing to the Blue Bombers and Chiefs, respectively. And yet this roster has everything you’d want in a championship team even without their star-wideout Brandon Banks. Hamilton also turns to signal-caller Dane Evans as he gets a chance to run the offense from Day 1.

Calgary Stampeders: The Chiefs

Like Patrick Mahomes, Bo Levi Mitchell used to be “the guy” in the CFL, however, he’s been derailed by injuries and the Stampeders have fallen from being a top-two team on the CFL odds to the middle of the pack. Like Kansas City, Calgary still has plenty of pieces to contend and a bounce back year from Mitchell will quickly reestablish Calgary.

Montreal Alouettes: The Raiders

Montreal had a rollercoaster of a season last year, which could remind some of the season the Raiders had. The Alouettes had an opportunistic defense and an explosive offense. Remember, this team committed way too many penalties and turnovers and ultimately got dunked on in the playoffs. A return to the playoffs is possible, though more difficult as Montreal lost many key contributors on defense.

B.C. Lions: The Steelers

Why the Lions are not last on the CFL odds board, we’re not sure. But this team could be headed for the bottom of the CFL with quarterback Mike Reilly’s retirement. Like the Steelers, the Lions don’t have a proven quarterback and their offensive line is one of the worst if not the worst.

Edmonton Elks: The Bears

Edmonton is in the middle of a rebuild of sorts, kind of like the Bears. Nick Arbuckle will be playing the role of Justin Fields as a young and unproven quarterback who has an uphill battle to climb as their teams don’t have the talent and a new front office. The Elks could lose 10+ CFL games again this year.

Ottawa Redblacks: The Jets

The Redblacks are undeservedly last on the CFL preseason odds thanks to being terrible last season. But this team, like the Jets, made plenty of improvements in the offseason. Paul LaPolice is still a great coach and Jeremiah Masoli could be the QB messiah for the Redblacks. Ottawa could just double its win total from last season and a shot at the playoffs is possible.

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