Chicago Bears Betting Odds Preview
Despite finishing last season with a 10-6 SU and 7-8-1 ATS record, the Chicago Bears didn’t advance to the playoffs after losing the tiebreaker to Minnesota. The Bears will try to put together another strong season and challenge Green Bay for the top spot in the NFC North.
Through the first half of the season, the Chicago Bears looked like a lock to win the NFC North, opening up a commanding lead in the division with a 7-1 SU and 5-2-1 ATS record. But the Bears faltered down the stretch, going just 3-5 SU and 2-6 ATS over the second half to leave the door open for Green Bay to win the division and Minnesota to sneak in to the final wild card spot.
The re-uniting of quarterback Jay Cutler and wideout Brandon Marshall was a major success. Marshall had 118 catches for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. The bad news was that no one else in the receiving corps made an impact as Cutler finished the season with just 19 passing touchdowns as the Bears ranked 29th in passing offense with just 187.4 yards per game. TE Martellus Bennett was the only help Chicago brought in this offseason, so Cutler, Marshall, and RB Matt Forte will be asked to carry the load again in 2013.
For the first time since 1999, Brian Urlacher will not be a part of the Chicago Bears’ defense. The Bears had the third best scoring defense in the league last season allowing just 17.3 points per game, and finished fifth in total yardage allowed surrendering 315.6 total yards per game. While the Bears have the talent and depth at all three levels to deal with Urlacher’s departure, it will be interesting to see how the unit reacts to having its leader of the last 13 years removed. There are still plenty of veteran leaders on the team including Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers, and Major Wright, so chances are the defense will continue to excel.
NFC North Odds at Bovada as of August 4
Green Bay Packers -160
Chicago Bears +350
Detroit Lions +500
Minnesota Vikings +600