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Bears Coach John Fox in Unprecedented Awful Territory

Bears John Fox

It hasn’t been easy being a Bears fan over the last decade. There were a few winning seasons in there, but so were the Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman eras that were like watching never-ending car crashes until both were essentially vaporized into thin air. Another era is likely coming to an end soon as Bears fans are counting down the days until the team parts ways with head coach John Fox.

During his tenure as head coach, Fox has “led” the Bears to a 13-33 SU record that undoubtedly has Windy City residents pulling their hair out, but it’s his record as a betting favorite that has Chicago backers going broke. The Bears have been favored in seven games under John Fox and they’re an unbelievable 0-7 SU and ATS.

Here’s the results of those games:

bears as a favorite under john fox
DateOpponentBears LineScoreSUATS
Dec 6, 2015vs 49ers-626-20LL
Dec 13, 2015vs Redskins-424-21LL
Sept 19, 2016vs Eagles-329-14LL
Oct 16, 2016vs Jaguars-2.517-16LL
Nov 13, 2016at Buccaneers-2.536-10LL
Nov 12, 2017vs Packers-4.523-16LL
Dec 3, 2017vs 49ers-2.515-14LL

As you can see, the Bears had it absolutely handed to them in a few of those games and have an average losing margin of 9.1 points in their last seven games as a favorite. NOT GOOD! This is, by far, the worst a coach has performed as a betting favorite in the OddsShark database, which goes back to 1984. The next closest is another Bears beauty, Dick Jauron, who went 0-4 SU as a favorite starting in 1999.

This story is relevant because the Bears host the Browns on Sunday as a 6.5-point favorite. Let’s call the Browns what they are — a joke. They’ve lost 19 consecutive road games, losing by an average of 13 points, but at 0-14 SU on the season and with a Week 17 date in Pittsburgh, they know that this will be their best opportunity to finally get a win.

So, if you think this John Fox trend continues on Sunday, take a stab at the Browns moneyline at +240. Given all the lowlights in Fox’s time as Bears head coach, a home loss vs the Browns to continue his imperfect track record as a betting favorite would be the perfect way for his time in the Windy City to come to an end.