Trend says CFL champs are Week 1 fade bets

With the Canadian Football League season kicking off Thursday June 27, we decided to take a look at the past 10 seasons to see how the defending Grey Cup champion and runner up fared in the opening week of the regular season.

It would appear that squads coming off of a Grey Cup winning campaign tend to carry a bit of a hangover into Week 1. The champs are 5-5 SU (straight up) but just 2-7-1 ATS (against the spread) in the opening week of their Cup-defending season.

The runners up fare a bit better ATS going 5-5 in the opening week.

As for totals, the under seems to be the trend to open the season. Both the champs and their Grey Cup victims post an O/U record of  3-7 in the opening week. A little gun-shy perhaps in the normally high-scoring game style of football north of the border.

Here is a look back at the past 10 seasons with the defending Grey Cup champs and the runners up.

Grey Cup champions: 5-5 SU, 2-7-1ATS, 3-7 O/U
Runners up: 5-5 SU, 5-5 ATS, 3-7 O/U

The Toronto Argonauts are the defending Grey Cup champions and are 4.5-point faves at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week 1. The total is currently 55.

The Calgary Stampeders took the loss in last year's Grey Cup and open the season as 3-point home favorites against the B.C. Lions. The total is currently 52.

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