For the first time in what seems to be ages, the Chicago Bears carry with them a bit of intrigue heading into the 2018 NFL betting season. John Fox and his cast of vanilla coaches have been shown the door making way for Matt Nagy and his staff to revitalize the once proud franchise. Ryan Pace hit the free agent market hard this past offseason bringing in a number of able bodies that should allow for Da Bears to once again become a factor in a division they’ve brought up the rear in ever since Lovie Smith was shown the door.
The Bears have won no more than six games over the last four seasons and brought up the rear of the NFC north each time. Something needed to be done, and that something is exactly what occurred this past off season. Linemakers look to like where the franchise is headed opening Chicago up with a 6.5 game season win total. The betting markets all also bullish with heavy juice attached to the high side of that impost. Though nothing but afterthoughts to win the Super Bowl ( +12000 ) or NFC ( +6300 ), the needle looks to be pointed up in Chi-town.
Though the team managed just five wins a season ago, there was a few things that have Bears fans and NFL bettors optimistic heading into 2018. For starters, Chicago looks to finally have a quarterback with Mitchell Trubisky back for his sophomore campaign after throwing for nearly 2200 yards and completing close to 60 percent of his passes as a rookie. Mind you, he had absolutely nobody to throw the pigskin to.
That won’t be the case this upcoming season with Pace inking Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton to offseason contracts. They also selected Anthony Miller in the draft whose skills and overall game look perfect for what Chicago will do offensively this season. Nagy called the shots in Kansas City last season for a Chiefs offense that ranked out amongst the best in a number of pertinent categories.
On top of that, the defense took some major strides in the right direction in allowing just 20 points per game and ranking No. 10 overall ( 319.1 YPG ). Vic Fangio is the lone holdover of the previous regime, and Chicago helped itself in the draft by selecting Georgia standout Roquan Smith with their first round pick. While the offense played a role, Chicago was a lucrative investment for under bettors with it cashing at a 12-4 clip last season.
This is a team that beat the Steelers, Panthers, Ravens, and hung with the Saints in New Orleans. They logged a winning mark against the linemakers ( 8-7-1 ATS ), and return a number of key cogs from last year’s team. If Trubisky is able to build off his rookie numbers and the offensive line finds a way to keep him upright, the sky’s the limit for Chicago in 2018. The schedule is very manageable out of the bye. We’ve seen a number of worst to first stories the last handful of seasons. Why not Chicago? I’d throw some beer money on Bears futures just in case!
Week 1: Bears at Packers, Sunday, September 9, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 2: Seahawks at Bears, Monday, September 17, 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 3: Bears at Cardinals, Sunday, September 23, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Buccaneers at Bears, Sunday, September 30, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Bye Week
Week 6: Bears at Dolphins, Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Patriots at Bears, Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Jets at Bears, Sunday, October 28, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Bears at Bills, Sunday, November 4, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 10: Lions at Bears, Sunday, November 11, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Vikings at Bears, Sunday, November 18, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 12: Bears at Lions, Thursday, November 22, 12:30 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: Bears at Giants, Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 14: Rams at Bears, Sunday, December 9, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 15: Packers at Bears, Sunday, December 16, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Bears at 49ers, Sunday, December 23, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 17: Bears at Vikings, Sunday, December 30, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
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