The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have opened as 4.5-point favourites over the Toronto Argonauts ahead of the 109th Grey Cup.
The teams met during the regular season on July 4 with Winnipeg coming out on top by a score of 23-22. The Argonauts out-gained the Blue Bombers by 151 yards in that game but were minus-three in the turnover differential as McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw a pair of interceptions and Brandon Banks lost a fumble.
Toronto came close to forcing overtime after Markeith Ambles caught a last-minute touchdown pass, though Boris Bede missed the ensuing convert. The Argos fell behind 17-0 early but outscored the Blue Bombers 19-6 in the second half.
This year’s Grey Cup will pin Andrew Harris against his former team, a storyline that will draw plenty of media attention over the course of the week. Harris played well against Winnipeg in July, rushing 22 times for 111 yards and making one reception for 13 yards.
Zach Collaros left Sunday’s West Final late with an apparent right leg injury and didn’t return for his team’s final offensive series. He told the media after the game that there is no chance he will miss the Grey Cup due to the ailment and head coach Mike O’Shea indicated that he is not concerned regarding the injury.
Winnipeg has been to the last two Grey Cups, winning both games over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. They won by a score of 33-12 as 3.5-point underdogs at McMahon Stadium in Calgary in 2019 and by a score of 33-25 as four-point favourites at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton in 2021.
The Argonauts last played in the Grey Cup in 2017 when they defeated the Calgary Stampeders by a score of 27-24 at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa despite being seven-point underdogs.
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