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Chicago Bears NFL Betting Online

Chicago Bears NFL Betting Online

The Windy City is buzzing with excitement as the 2024-25 NFL betting season approaches, with the Chicago Bears aiming to transform their No. 1 draft pick into a success story reminiscent of what C.J. Stroud and the Houston Texans were able to pull off last season. While past achievements under Smith were modest, the current outlook is promising after a productive offseason orchestrated by GM Ryan Poles and his team. With two first-round draft picks and the addition of several veteran players on both sides of the ball, the Bears have quickly become serious contenders for the division title in the heavily stacked NFC north. So much so that HBO has chosen to feature them in this season’s "Hard Knocks." Despite finishing third or worse in four of the last five seasons, the Bears have attracted significant attention from oddsmakers and NFL bettors, indicating high expectations for the franchise’s 105th season.

The Justin Fields era ended unceremoniously as the Bears traded the former first-round pick to Pittsburgh for minimal returns. The team then swiftly moved to support their new quarterback by acquiring veteran WR Keenan Allen from the Los Angeles Chargers to pair with D.J. Moore, forming one of the NFL’s top receiving duos. With the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Bears selected former USC QB and Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams. Eight picks later, they bolstered their wide receiver corps by drafting Washington WR Rome Odunze. Consequently, the 2024-25 Chicago Bears are set to feature one of the franchise’s most potent passing attacks ever. Whether this will translate into a division title and run to the Super Bowl remains to be seen, but it’s clear that upper management has positioned the team for potential success that could bring success to a title-starved city for years to come.

NFL Betting Lines

2024 Chicago Bears Futures Odds
ODDS TO WIN 2024 NFC +1903

Offense wasn’t a strong suit for the team last season, as they managed just over 323 yards per game (No. 20) and 21+ points per game (No. 18). Luke Getsy was let go immediately after the regular season, paving the way for a new coaching staff led by embattled head coach Matt Eberflus. Shane Waldron, former Seahawks offensive coordinator, will now direct the newly assembled offense, which features impact players at every position. One noteworthy addition is D’Andre Swift in the backfield. The fifth-year player had his best season as a pro last year, rushing for over 1,000 yards and 5 TDs, though his touchdown count could have been much higher if not for Jalen Hurts’ snaking a number of touchdowns from the 1-yard line. When healthy, Swift is arguably a top-10 ball carrier and will be the lead back ahead of Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson. Chicago has revamped its O-Line over the past few years and hopes the addition of C Ryan Bates will be the final piece to elevate the unit. Health has been a concern, so the Bears hope to avoid injuries in the 2024-25 season, allowing the line to perform at its best. If they stay healthy, player prop bettors will be eager to back the Bears’ potent attack each week.

Chicago had only three draft picks following its first-round burst, but GM Ryan Poles maximized their value by strengthening both sides of the ball with Yale OT Kiran Amegadjie and Kansas EDGE Austin Booker. They also picked up Iowa punter Tory Taylor in the fourth round, adding another weapon to their arsenal. One key reason Eberflus retained his job was the defensive improvement, with the team allowing less than 325 yards (No. 12) and 22.3 points (No. 19) per game. The run defense was particularly impressive, ranking No. 1, and the pass rush improved significantly after trading for Montez Sweat mid-season. Although the Bears' pass rush totaled 30 sacks in all, most came with Sweat on the field over the final nine games. In the highly competitive NFC North, the defense will be crucial for Chicago to contend with Detroit and Green Bay for division supremacy.

Currently, oddsmakers predict the Bears to finish third in the division, with a +340 return rate. However, Chicago is favored at -108 to make the playoffs, making it one of three teams in the division with negative odds to qualify for the postseason. If the Bears meet these expectations, they would likely exceed their 8.5-game season win total, a prospect that seems promising given the -150 odds on the over. Should it come to pass, it would mark the first time since 2018 that Chicago was able to defy linemakers expectations. In their corner to do so however is what Sharp Football Analysis deems to be the third easiest schedule strength in the league with games set to go against the AFC South, NFC West, Carolina Panthers, Washington Commanders, and New England Patriots.

Chicago Bears Schedule & Results

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The Chicago Bears are one of the NFL’s founding franchises, established in 1920 by George Halas. The team boasts eight NFL championships and one Super Bowl victory. Halas himself coached the Bears through most of their seasons until 1967, securing those eight NFL titles. The legendary 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team was led by head coach Mike Ditka, a former player under Halas. The team is currently owned by Virginia Halas McCaskey, George Halas' daughter, who is 99 years old.

Despite their rich history, the Bears have often frustrated their fans. Since 1991, the team has only made the playoffs seven times, with their sole Super Bowl appearance in that period occurring in the 2006-07 season when they lost to the Indianapolis Colts.

Known as the “Monsters of the Midway” for their tradition of physical football and strong defense, the Bears have struggled defensively in recent years. This has been a common issue for much of the past two decades.

The 1985 Bears team is considered one of the greatest in NFL history, finishing with a 15-1 record and a dominant Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. That season, Chicago’s defense was historically powerful, overwhelming opponents like no other team had before.

Mike Ditka, the coach of that iconic team, remains the most popular figure in the franchise’s history. However, many believe the Bears underachieved in that era, failing to win more championships due to a lack of sustained drive and discipline after their 1985 success. Since then, the Bears have not been serious Super Bowl contenders. The hope is that the Caleb Williams era will bring a significant change to this narrative and restore the Bears to championship contention.

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Chicago Bears Past Seasons (2000)

2023 7-10 None
2022 3-14 None
2021 6-11 None
2020 8-8 Lost Wild Card Round
2019 8-8 None
2018 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2017 5-11 None
2016 3-13 None
2015 6-10 None
2014 5-11 None
2013 8-8 None
2012 10-6 None
2011 8-8 None
2010 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2009 7-9 None
2008 9-7 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 13-3 Lost Super Bowl
2005 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
2004 5-11 None
2003 7-9 None
2002 4-12 None
2001 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2000 5-11 None

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