The quarterback position for the Chicago Bears has long been a running joke. The Bears selected Justin Fields 11th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, but oddsmakers aren’t so sure he’ll be starting in Week 1 based on newly released Bears starting quarterback odds and props.
According to online sportsbook Sportsbook, Dalton is -200 to be the Sportsbook day starter. Followed by Fields at +200 and Foles at +1000.
Here are the betting odds with some analysis/handicapping on why Fields could emerge as a starter from the latrine known as the Bears quarterback room:
Odds as of August 19 at Sportsbook
Who Will Start For The Chicago Bears?
Prior to the team's first preseason game, the Bears released a depth chart that listed Andy Dalton as the team's starter at quarterback, with Fields and Foles the second and third stringers, respectively.
In that preseason game, Dalton got the start and 2/4 for 18 yards and no scores.
Fields took over just before halftime and was electric. After a couple stalled drives, Fields showed off his athleticism and arm talent, finshing 14/20 for 142 yards and a touchdown, adding 33 yards and another score on the ground.
Foles went 1/3 for 8 yards.
There's no doubt who the most talent quarterback on the roster is or who the organization wants as their starter of the future.
What this bet really comes down to is whether Bears coach Matt Nagy believes Fields will be ready enough to take the reigns on September 12, on the road against the Rams.
There are reports that Nagy wants to make sure Fields is capable of recognizing where blitzes are coming from, so he can protect himself in the pocket, before throwing the young QB to the wolves.
But if Fields has a couple more stellar performances in the next couple of preseason games, Nagy might not have much choice but to turn to the rookie.
At +200 (33.33% implied odds), betting on Fields feels like a better bet than Dalton at -200 (66.67% implied odds).
What is a Futures Bet?
A futures wager is a bet on events that will take place in time, like the Most Valuable Player award in the NFL. At your betting site of choice, you’ll see NFL MVP odds listed like so:
Patrick Mahomes +400
Aaron Rodgers +700
Josh Allen +800
Dak Prescott +1300
Unlike a moneyline bet where favorites would be marked with the minus sign (-) and underdogs with the plus sign (+), the fave here would be the player with the lowest odds. In this case it’s Patrick Mahomes.
Let’s say you have $100 to spend and you decide that you like Mahomes for MVP. A winning bet would give you a payout of $500 – your original $100 is returned along with your loot of $400. The higher the odds, the more money you’ll see. But, don’t bet on a +5000 MVP candidate in September in the hopes that you’ll make bank at the end of the regular season. Oddsmakers don’t only look at current performance when setting the odds. They also look at past performance, offseason activities and training camp.
Our Odds Calculator can show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount wagered.
With futures bets, it’s important to snag odds early. As we get closer to the Super Bowl, the lines will move. Oddsmakers update the odds as players up their production or are plagued by injuries. Keep in mind that if you were to back a player in the MVP race and he suffers a season-ending injury, most sportsbooks will give you your money back since you technically didn’t lose the bet and have no way of winning it.
As soon as the Most Valuable Player trophy is awarded to the Sportsbook, sportsbooks will update the betting results and you can cash out your bet.