The Canadian Football League (CFL) begins this week and the Alouettes won the Grey Cup last season and are the odds on favorite to win it again.
The Montreal Alouettes are the defending champs and even though they lost a couple guys to the NFL, hey it happens every season, they are still stacked on both offense and defense. QB Anthony Calvillo leads their high scoring offense and they will be tough to beat this season.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders will have to score a ton of points this season, as the team lost a couple of defensive leaders in lost John Chick and Stevie Baggs to the NFL.
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However, they still have the "Canadian Air Force" with the guys of Andy Fantuz, Rob Bagg, Chris Getzlaf, and Jason Clermont. The offense may be the best in the CFL led by QB Darian Durant and last season the team scored the most points in the CFL. Their D will have to get production from No. 1 overall pick DE Shomari Williams.
The Calgary Stampeders still have the solid QB Henry Burris under center, but they will have a rebuilt offensive line and that is a major concern. RB Joffrey Reynolds led the league for the second straight season in rushing and will have to play well for Calgary to go all the way.
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Their defense ranked second to last in yards allowed last season and unless they improve on that they will not be playing for the Grey Cup.
The BC Lions lost Ricky Foley and RB Martell Mallett to the NFL and they were busy in the off-season brining in many new free agents. They will have a good team, but they have issues on both sides of the ball, but if their new guys on the team can gel they will be solid.
The Edmonton Eskimos have a totally new defense with the new players of Chris Thompson, Lenny Walls, and Lawrence Gordon. Their offense is a good one led by QB Ricky Ray and RB Arkee Whitlock, who had a great rookie season. The Eskimos have a great offense, but the key to their season is their defense, which ranked near the bottom of every defensive category last season.
The Hamilton Tiger Cats had a busy off-season improving their defense by brining in DB’s Will Poole, Jason Shivers and Jerome Dennis and stud WR Maurice Mann. Hamilton may be better this season, but can they catch Montreal in the division?
The Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers both are long shots to win it all, but each made many off-season moves, especially Toronto.
CFL Week 1 Lines
has the Alouettes as 2.5 point favorites over the Roughriders with a total of 53.5.
The Stampeders are major favorites in their opening game, as has them as 13.5 point favorites over the Argonauts with a total of 48.
has the Tiger Cats as 3 point favorites over the Blue Bombers with a total of 51.
has Eskimos as 4 point favorites over the Lions with a total 54.