Chicago Bears Betting Primer: Super Bowl Odds, Win Total, More
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Chicago Bears Odds
If you’re new to betting, the Bears’ +4000 Super Bowl odds mean a $100 bet would net $4,000 if they won. [Convert odds using our betting odds calculator.]
The Bears face some questions that still need to be answered as they head into 2020. They open the season in Detroit as they look to build upon their 8-8 record from 2019 and third-place NFC North finish.
Our analysts break down the Bears’ win total and key questions facing Chicago in 2020.
Bears Win Total
Sean Koerner, our Director of Predictive Analytics, breaks down how he’s betting the Bears’ win total.
Mitchell Trubisky has been named the Week 1 starter, but I could see the Bears taking a “hot hand” approach with him and Nick Foles, which would make sense considering they have the NFL’s sixth-easiest schedule and still a potential top-five defense.
Having both could alleviate the responsibility of having to stick with one: The Bears could bench either if they struggle, and in a way, having two options raises their floor and ceiling this season.
However, the Bears’ most likely outcome is another 8-8 finish, so their current win total of 7.5-8 is pretty sharp. This is a pass for me.
Key Questions for the Bears
Stuckey, a football betting analyst and host of The Action Network podcast, runs through three key questions for the Bears heading into 2020.
1. How long will Mitch Trubisky hold off Nick Foles? Regardless of whether Trubisky can hold onto the starting job throughout the season, I do worry about too many voices in his ear. Chicago has a new offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator with head coach Matt Nagy still calling plays. Maybe Chicago will actually let “Maserati Mitch” run again — his best attribute.
Even if Foles ends up taking over at some point, I don’t think he will serve as any major upgrade. I have both quarterbacks rated about equal.
2. Will the Bears find a productive second corner? Replacing Leonard Floyd with Robert Quinn and getting a healthy Akiem Hicks back should provide Chicago with a ferocious front seven — although the loss of Eddie Goldman (opt out) leaves a big hole in the middle.
I also have questions about the secondary, particularly at corner.
With Steelers castoff Artie Burns lost to injury, the Bears may need Jaylon Johnson to contribute sooner than later as a starting corner opposite Kyle Fuller. That’s a tall order for a rookie coming off shoulder surgery this offseason. If not, you might see both Buster Skrine and Kevin Toliver in nickel and dime situations. Yikes.
In positive news, Eddie Jackson moving back to his more natural free safety position could help generate more turnovers, which Chicago could sorely use.
3. Can the offensive line generate a push? This unit actually produced at a higher level two seasons ago but has really struggled in run blocking the past two seasons (bottom-five rank in Adjusted Line Yards in 2018 and 2019). Yes, injuries and penalties plagued a unit that lacked depth, but the individual production just hasn’t been there and I don’t think adding Germain Ifedi was the solution.
Chicago hopes new offensive line coach Juan Castillo can elevate this underwhelming group. I don’t see it, which is one reason I fancy the Bears season win total under.