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Canadian Football League: The Toronto Argonauts come into the 2018 season fresh off yet another Grey Cup championship in 2017. And now, they will look to do something they’ve already done three previous times in franchise history -- win back-to-back titles. Toronto went 9-9 last season and defeated the Calgary Stampeders 27-24 in last year’s Grey Cup game. The victory was spearheaded by a standout performance from wide receiver DeVier Posey, who accumulated 175 yards and a touchdown, and was later named MVP of the game before heading back to the NFL. In addition, quarterback Ricky Ray picked up his fourth Grey Cup title and became the first starting quarterback in league history to win that many titles.
The Argonauts didn’t have the greatest regular season and some people feel like last year’s championship was somewhat of a fluke. Toronto was lucky to be playing in the weaker division, which made it a much easier road to the Grey Cup. The Argonauts played well to capture the title but it won’t be easy to repeat.
Toronto will once again lean on quarterback Ricky Ray, who threw for 5,546 yards and 28 touchdowns last season against only 11 interceptions. He completed 71 percent of his passes and is one of the most talented signal-callers in the CFL. James Franklin was added as the backup and he has great talent as well.
Running back James Wilder averaged 7.1 yards per carry a season ago and is also a threat in the receiving game. He could be due to have a big year and is getting some preseason love as the potential Most Outstanding Player in the CFL in 2018.
Toronto has a lot of reasons to be excited, but the fact is the team did only go .500 during last year’s regular season. The Argonauts can’t rest on their laurels as there are plenty of other teams who have talent and plan on pushing for the Grey Cup in CFL betting.
CFL Odds To Win the Grey Cup at BetCRIS
Calgary Stampeders 2/1
Edmonton Eskimos 6/1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13/2
Toronto Argonauts 13/2
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7/1
Saskatchewan Roughriders 15/2
BC Lions 10/1
Ottawa Redblacks 12/1
Montreal Alouettes 18/1
Despite being the defending champions, the Argonauts only have the fourth-best odds to win the 2018 Grey Cup. Toronto does play in the better division when it comes to maneuvering to the championship, but the oddsmakers have named the Calgary Stampeders the clear favorites, while the Edmonton Eskimos, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers also have superior odds to Toronto.
Even so, the Argonauts are right in the mix and it would not be a surprise at all to see Toronto pushing for another division title and a berth in the Grey Cup.
Grey Cup Titles
17 -- The Argonauts have won more Grey Cups than any other team in the CFL. The reigning champs have won two of those titles in the last six years and picked up their very first Grey Cup title more than 100 years earlier -- way back n 1914. The franchise, which was founded in 1873, is also among the oldest sports teams around so it makes sense that the Argonauts would own more Grey Cups than anyone else, but it’s still impressive. The Edmonton Eskimos are the second-most winningest franchise in the CFL with 14 Grey Cups.
Toronto is a model franchise in the CFL and added another title to its belt in 2017. The Argonauts may not be the favorites in 2018 but they could be a contender once again in CFL gambling.
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