Canadian Football League Betting: Week 1 Analysis & Predictions

Canadian Football League Betting: Week 1 Analysis & Predictions

The Canadian Football League is ready to enter the fray of what has become a busy scene in the late spring and early summer for football. The Canadian Football League has a much longer history than the XFL or USFL and provides a totally different ruleset. For football-starved fans, this is a fun alternative to the start of the professional and college seasons.

We dive into the matchups happening in week one and what to look out for. Let’s get right to it so you can bet against their CFL lines.


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Canadian Football League | Thursday June 8th – Sunday June 11, 2023


BC Lions at Calgary Stampeders 

Odds: Lions +4; Stampeders -4 / Lions +146; Stampeders -189 / O/U 48
When: Thursday, June 8 at 9:00 pm ET
Where: McMahon Stadium | Calgary, Canada

The Lions and Stampeders will have a rematch from their first-round playoff match from last season. BC beat Calgary 30-16 in the first round. The Lions won three of their four meetings, including the playoffs against Calgary last season.

The Lions will be without quarterback Nathan Rourke, who moved on to an opportunity with the NFL. BC, however, has a strong option at quarterback with Vernon Adams under center. Calgary will have a new quarterback this season with Jake Maier. Ka’Deem Carey will also be in position to be one of the league’s top rushers for the Stampeders. The Lions will cover the spread and may win on the road to start the season.

CFL Week 1 | Bet Lions vs. Stampeders
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Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Odds: Tiger-Cats +5; Blue Bombers -5 / Tiger-Cats +162; Blue Bombers -211 / O/U 47
When: Friday, June 9 at 8:30 pm ET
Where: IG Field | Winnipeg, Canada

The Blue Bombers suffered the most heart-wrenching end to last season, falling in the Grey Cup final to Toronto by one point. Winnipeg will return the two-time defending Most Outstanding Player in quarterback Zach Collaros. The Blue Bombers also added wide receiver Kenny Lawrence to help add more punch on offense.

Hamilton signed long-time Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell to take over under center. The Tiger-Cats are looking for a resurgence this season. Hamilton will take awhile to find its legs and Winnipeg will cover the season-opener by a touchdown.

CFL Week 1 | Bet Tiger-Cats vs. Blue Bombers
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Ottawa Redblacks at Montreal Alouettes

Odds: Redblacks +3.5; Alouettes -3.5 / Redblacks +133; Alouettes -170 / O/U 44
When: Saturday, June 10 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Percival Molson Memorial Stadium | Montreal, Canada

The Redblacks finished in last place in the division last season. Ottawa hired a new coach in Bob Dyce and will look to rely on quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to carry the offense. The Redblacks did have a solid pass rush last season, led by the CFL’s 2022 sack leader in Lorenzo Mauldin.

The Alouettes will also have a new head coach in Jason Maas. Montreal lost in the Eastern Final last season. The Alouettes were 11-7 last year and where a solid all-around team. They will be Ottawa in a battle between first-year coaches.

CFL Week 1 | Bet Redblacks vs. Alouettes
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Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Elks

Odds: Roughriders -2; Elks +2 / Roughriders -130; Elks +102 / O/U 45.5
When: Sunday, June 11 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium | Edmonton, Canada

The Elks had a rough season last year, losing all nine of their home games. While Edmonton was 4-5 on the road, the Elks still haven’t quite upgraded their roster where they will be able to compete with the other top teams in the league. The Roughriders started last season 6-5 before they were ultimately doomed by a seven-game losing streak.

Saskatchewan will get a boost off playing the worst team in the league last season and grab a road victory to start the season.

CFL Week 1 | Bet Roughriders vs. Elks
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CFL Week 1 Games

Date Time Home   Away TV Info
Thursday, June 8 9:00 p.m. BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders TSN
Friday, June 9 8:30 p.m. Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers TSN
Saturday, June 10 7:00 p.m. Ottawa Redblacks vs. Montreal Alouettes TSN
Sunday, June 11 7:00 p.m. Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Edmonton Elks TSN

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Montreal Alouettes +225

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