The Chicago Bears started the 2020 season with a 5-1 record, but it didn’t take long for the Bears to fall to earth. The team lost six straight games before snapping their streak to the Houston Texans. The Bears also entered a substantial quarterback controversy, making their Super Bowl odds worse. The Bears have a +25000 line to win Super Bowl LV.
The Chicago Bears aren’t worthy of your Super Bowl bets for multiple reasons. The top concern entails what the Bears will do at the quarterback position. The team also has a poor running game, but it does have a talented defense featuring one of the league’s most dynamic linebackers.
Who Will be the Quarterback?
The Bears can’t seem to go a week without being reminded that they drafted Mitch Trubisky in 2017 while Deshawn Watson and Patrick Mahomes were on the board.
The former North Carolina star and second-overall pick has never managed to show consistency on the field. He often struggles to complete more than half his passes, and his movement on the field is too slow. Trubisky isn’t willing to attempt long passes as often.
The Bears resorted to Nick Foles as the team’s new quarterback midway through the season. They have since switched back to Trubisky, but there’s no telling what will happen next.
North Dakota State’s Trey Lance will be available midway through the first round of the upcoming draft, which is around where the Bears will appear. Trubisky will be a free agent after the 2020 season, so the Bears might be willing to move on from him.
The Bears do have plenty of talented receiving options like Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller. Tight end Jimmy Graham has also shown some skill, although no one knows how long he will keep playing. The team might consider a new quarterback who can work alongside those receivers.
The Defense Is a Positive
The Bears have historically been known for having talented defensive squads, and this current roster is no exception. The Bears average close to two sacks a game, with Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks leading the way.
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Mack is an outstanding all-around linebacker who can complete interceptions, pass deflections, forced fumbles, and even the occasional safety. The team’s defense will be worth watching as Mack continues to anchor the unit.
How Will the Rushing Change?
The Bears have the league’s weakest running game, as they average less than ninety yards the game. The running game is the league’s least productive, although David Montgomery does show flashes of brilliance on occasion. Building the team’s offensive line would be critical for giving Montgomery and whoever the team’s next quarterback will be some extra help.
Solving the Kicking Issue
The Bears do at least have the kicking position in hand. Cairo Santos has secured his spot as the team’s kicker, as he shows consistency in kicking from all distances. He has gone 19-21 in field goals this season, helping the Bears forget about the playoff double-doink from a few years ago.
Should You Bet on the Bears?
The Chicago Bears have been unsuccessful in winning their second Super Bowl. It would be tough to place Super Bowl bets on the Bears right now, although possible roster changes could make a difference. Don’t be surprised if the Bears move on from Mitch Trubisky and go after another quarterback this offseason.
*Odds correct at time of writing.
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