Founded in 1920 in Decatur, Illinois before being moved to Chicago in 1921, the Chicago Bears have the distinction of being only one of two remaining franchises leftover from the NFL’s founding all the way back in 1920. The other team is the Arizona Cardinals, which were originally based in Chicago.
The Bears have won nine league championships including one Super Bowl, which they prevailed in back in 1985. Chicago also has four conference championships and 21 division titles on the resume, and the team notched its 27th playoff appearance a season ago.
The club gave the fanbase a jolt with the selection of Justin Fields at the 2021 NFL Draft, and the hope is that he will finally be the long sought-after franchise QB that the Bears have been searching for. Fields is now QB1 for the team with Andy Dalton taking a step back. That will give fans a chance to see what the rookie can do this season.
If you want to bet on the NFL, or on the Bears specifically, here’s how to get started including the best odds for this week’s Bears game direct from Indiana online sportsbooks.
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When you first take a look at the NFL betting lines, you’ll see a lot of numbers on the board that might confuse you. What you’ll see are the matchups (schedule of games) along with odds next to each game. If you’re new to it, here is a look at how to read the odds, so that you can understand what you’re seeing:
The margin of victory established by the sportsbooks to offset any potential handicap is referred to as the point spread. Any time you bet a point spread, you are basically picking the team you think will cover that designated margin of victory. Here is an example of what a point spread involving the Bears might look like:
This example has Chicago listed as a 2.5-point favorite at home. We know this because of the “-” sign next to Chicago, which indicates that the Bears are the betting favorites. Therefore, the Bears would need to win this matchup by three points or more in order to cover the point spread.
Meanwhile, the Packers are listed as underdogs on the road, which is indicated by the “+” sign that precedes the handicap number. In this scenario, Green Bay would need to lose by less than three points or win outright to cover the point spread.
The moneyline is another type of bet that you might see. Unlike the point spread, the money line is simply focused on picking the outright winner of a specific matchup. This is an example of what the moneyline odds might look like:
While the point spread forces you to worry about the teams winning or losing by specific margins, the moneyline wager is much simpler. All you need to worry about is picking which team will win the game outright. Beyond that, the betting odds are listed next to the teams.
As is the case with the point spread, the “-“ sign indicates the betting favorite and the “+” sign indicates the underdog. Therefore, in this scenario, you could risk $100 to win $225 betting on Green Bay. At the same time, if you want to bet on Chicago then you could risk $250 to win $100 betting on them to win at home.
The third option we will explore here is the total, which you could bet on with any NFL matchup. This option allows you to predict how many points will be scored in the game without picking a winner or a loser. If you think it will be a high scoring game, you can bet the OVER. If you think it will be a low scoring game, you can bet the UNDER. This is what a total might look like:
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
With the total for this example set at 48.5 points, all you need to do is predict whether the Packers and Bears will come to score more or less than 48 points. If the teams combine to score 49 points or more, then the OVER will be considered the winning bet. If the teams combine to score 48 points or fewer, then the UNDER will be considered the winning bet.
After missing the playoffs with a mark of 8-8 in 2019, there were mixed expectations for the Bears heading into 2020. The club got off to an excellent start, winning five of its first six with the lone loss coming in a tough road defeat to the Indianapolis Colts.
At 5-1, things were looking up in Chicago, but clouds quickly formed. The Bears proceeded to drop their next six in a row to fall to 5-7, and postseason dreams were on life support as a result. The club got its act together in Week 14 and ripped off three wins in a row.
The regular season closed on a down note with a rough 35-16 home loss to the Green Bay Packers, but the final record of 8-8 proved to be enough to snag an NFC Wild Card berth. The team travelled to New Orleans to take on the Saints, ending the season with a disappointing 21-9 defeat.
As the oddsmakers see it, expectations should be tempered once again for the Bears this year. See above for a peek at the club’s futures market odds at top Indiana sportsbooks.
The Bears win total odds are set at 7.5 at both DraftKings and FanDuel. The Bears have hit eight wins the last two seasons in a row, so asking them to do so once again with an extra game on the schedule shouldn’t be too much of an ask.
That said, the club has already switched up QBs during the season. While free agent acquisition Andy Dalton was in line to start in Week 1, first-round draft choice Justin Fields has now taken over the quarterback spot.
Speaking of Fields, you can bet on him to win Offensive Rookie of the Year at +700 at DraftKings or +500 at FanDuel. For those who think he has a shot to take the NFL by storm, his MVP odds before the season are +10000 at DK and +15000 at FanDuel.
Beyond the QB question, there’s work to be done on both sides of the ball. Consistency at QB will help the offense tremendously, while there’s enough talent to be found on defense for the team to make life difficult for opponents.
The Bears are based in the NFC North division along with:
In addition to its division titles won in the era of the NFL Western and NFC Central divisions, Chicago has won four NFC North division titles.
The 2021 schedule is filled with several highlights, including an opening week trip to La-La land to face the Rams, and a Thanksgiving Day affair with the division rival Lions. Here’s a look at the Bears full schedule for the upcoming season.
|1||Sunday, Sept. 12||at Rams||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|2||Sunday, Sept. 19||vs. Bengals||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|3||Sunday, Sept. 26||at Browns||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|4||Sunday, Oct. 3||vs. Lions||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|5||Sunday, Oct. 10||at Raiders||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|6||Sunday, Oct. 17||vs. Packers||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|7||Sunday, Oct. 24||at Buccaneers||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|8||Sunday, Oct. 31||vs. 49ers||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|9||Monday, Nov. 8||at Steelers||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|11||Sunday, Nov. 21||vs. Ravens||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|12||Thursday, Nov. 25||@ Lions||12:30 p.m.||FOX|
|13||Sunday, Dec. 5||vs. Cardinals||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|14||Sunday, Dec. 12||at Packers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|15||Monday, Dec. 20||vs. Vikings||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|16||Sunday, Dec. 26||@ Seahawks||4:05 p.m.||FOX|
|17||Sunday, Jan. 2||vs. Giants||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|18||Sunday, Jan. 9||@ Vikings||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
The Bears play at Soldier Field, which is an outdoor stadium in Chicago. This stadium not only has to deal with the wintery elements once the season turns frosty, but it’s also known for having a rough, grass surface. In the summer months, the grass isn’t too much of a factor but once rain and cold come into play, the surface can feel like mud. That tends to hamper teams with speed and benefit those who are physical.
Following up on the first point, the Bears tend to build their teams to cater to the stadium. That means they’re often built around running the ball, winning on the lines of scrimmage and playing defense. While it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, the best Bears teams tend to have success on the strength of their defense.
The Bears are an East Coast team that’s used to playing outdoors. Typically, they’re not the best when it comes to traveling. If they’re going to the West Coast – somewhere like San Francisco or Los Angeles – then it’s obviously a long trip for them.
If they’re facing a team that plays indoors, it’s not necessarily a big benefit for them. The Bears are usually built around running the ball and playing defense, so playing in a dome or a warm climate, which often benefits passing games, is not a huge edge for them.
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The Bears have won the Super Bowl just once (1985). However, they have won the NFL Championship (before the merger) eight times.
The Bears have made it to the postseason a total of 27 times. The last appearance came in 2020 when they were bounced in the Wild Card round by the New Orleans Saints.
Matt Nagy is the Bears current head coach.
There are 30 primary members of the Bears in the hall, the most of any NFL franchise, as well as another seven players who spent at least a position of their career in Chicago. Among the names on the list are franchise icons such as Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, and Dick Butkus.
It’s legal to bet on the Bears as long as you’re a resident of the state of Indiana and are at least 21 years old.
You have to be 21 years old or older to bet on the Bears.