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Chicago Bears Quarterback Odds: Will Justin Fields Start Week 1?

Justin Fields could be the Week 1 starter for the Chicago Bears according to the latest betting odds.

The quarterback position for the Chicago Bears has long been a running joke. Now, after the NFL franchise selected Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft, 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 Bovada, props are out for Bears starting quarterback odds for Week 1 and have “Yes” for Fields to be the Week 1 starter at +215 (implied probability of 31.7 percent) with “No” coming back at -330.

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Fields had a great college career with the Ohio State Buckeyes and made the College Football Playoff twice in two seasons as a starter. But with veterans Andy Dalton and Nick Foles already in the Windy City, he will need to show promise in training camp to prove that he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL as a rookie.

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 Of Justin Fields starting for the bears in Week 1 of 2021 NFL season

Odds as of May 19 at Bovada

Will Justin Fields Start For The Chicago Bears?

If the qualification to start for an NFL team was based strictly on NCAA college football performance, Justin Fields would be the clear-cut favorite in Chicago Bears quarterback odds. The dual-threat signal-caller out of Ohio State had two impressive seasons as a starter for the Buckeyes, leading them to two College Football Playoff appearances and a berth in the 2021 national championship game before they were smoked by Alabama.

Fields is often compared to the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton, big dudes who are difficult to bring down in the pocket, though the former Buckeye has better speed/mobility than Big Ben and has better arm strength/accuracy than Newton. Basically, traits a Chicago Bears quarterback room isn’t familiar with.

Another reason Fields might start for Chicago, outside of his obvious talent, is that franchises know the clock is ticking when drafting a quarterback and trying to build out the team. Having an above-average or great QB on a rookie deal provides the team so much more flexibility to shape the rest of the roster and to be elite.

The best recent example of this is the Seattle Seahawks and their early success with Russell Wilson. Is Fields on the same level as Wilson? That’s hard to say but the Bears have to realistically think about throwing the Ohio State product into the fire from the jump if he shows flashes in training camp and can be a leader of men.

The only hurdle in betting on Justin Fields odds of being the opening-game starter is Matt Nagy and the coaching staff, who may be on a short leash this season if things start to go south in Chi-Town.

After the failed Mitch Trubisky experiment, Nagy and company may want to go with a more proven option in Dalton or Foles, who have both shown they can win games in the NFL. There are a lot of veterans on this Bears team that likely feel they’re on the cusp of getting into the NFC playoffs and may not want to endure the indoctrination of a rookie quarterback.