A combination of increased awareness through the availability of DFS contests on its games over the last several years and the rapid growth of legalized single-game sports betting throughout North America has led to a progressive expansion of the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) profile. Below we will examine all of the different ways you can bet on CFL odds and compare game lines for every Canadian Football League contest.
Odds for every CFL game are available to bet on below. Futures are available as well. To bet on CFL title odds go here.
The league’s visibility and the interest it draws to its product may be reaching a new high point in coming months following the early-April advent of legalized single-game sports betting in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province. All the major commercial sportsbooks – FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars and PointsBet among them – which have established footholds in the lucrative U.S. market, have already or are in the process of opening for business in Ontario. Legal Canadian sports betting in other provinces is expected to follow in short order as well.
Many US sportsbooks have been offering CFL betting markets since 2018. Ontario operators are naturally expected to provide the most extensive array of CFL wagers yet given the league’s popularity and the fact three teams — the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Redblacks — are located in the province.
CFL rules: How they are different from the NFL
Experienced NFL bettors, or even just fans of the league’s version of gridiron football, would be wise to familiarize themselves with the few but critical differences in certain rules between the U.S. and Canadian versions. Unlike the NFL, the CFL features:
Three downs, instead of four
This typically equates to more passing overall, and as a result, occasionally higher game totals than one might see in the NFL over the course of a season. However, the other side of that coin is that there is also a greater chance for sacks and interceptions due to the higher number of dropbacks.
A longer and wider playing surface/end zone
The CFL utilizes a 110-yard-long and 65-yard-wide field, outpacing the NFL by 10 yards of length and 11.75 yards of width. This affords the opportunity for offensive skill players to accumulate more yardage overall – an important aspect to keep in mind for player prop bets – and the wider field and longer end zone (20 yards, compared to the NFL’s 10) has the potential to help facilitate more red-zone scoring.
12 players per side, unlimited motion behind the line of scrimmage
That additional real estate helps accommodate one more player apiece on offense and defense than the NFL’s 11-man units.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that in the CFL, all offensive players except the quarterback are allowed unlimited pre-snap motion up to one yard behind the line of scrimmage; this can certainly lead to disadvantages for the defense and also ups the chances of more prolific individual and team offensive statistics.
The possibility of a single-point scoring play
The “rouge” also known as a “single”, is a scoring quirk of the CFL that can occasionally lead to some unusual point totals.
A rouge is awarded to a kicking team when the ball is kicked into the end zone by any legal means other than a conversion attempt or field goal and the receiving team does not return or kick the ball out of its end zone. A rouge is also awarded when a kick, excluding a kickoff, goes out of bounds in the end zone without being touched.