Bears 2008 Betting Predictions June 10th , 2008
By: NFL Handicapping Staff
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NFL Pro Football Futures Betting – The Bears Claw-Less
Our best Sportsbooks has its Super Bowl football betting odds posted for the upcoming season, and they certainly look a little different than they did last year. For example, who would have thought that a team just one year removed from a Super Bowl appearance would be as high as 40/1 sports betting to win the Super Bowl, and 16/1 NFL wagering odds to get there? Yet that is the case with the Chicago Bears (7-9 SU, 7-9 ATS last season). How far have the Monsters of the Midway fallen? We’ll take a look at that today.
First let’s look at the NFL odds to win the NFC and NFC North divisions, as they appear in Our best Sportsbooks:
BetUS NFL Futures Odds
To Win NFC North
Minnesota Vikings +140
Green Bay Packers +180
CHICAGO BEARS +300
Detroit Lions +450
To win the NFC Championship
Dallas Cowboys +350
Green Bay Packers +900
New York Giants +700
New Orleans Saints +900
Philadelphia Eagles +750
Seattle Seahawks +1200
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1400
Washington Redskins +1600
Minnesota Vikings +1000
Arizona Cardinals +1800
Carolina Panthers +2000
Detroit Lions +2200
CHICAGO BEARS +1600
San Francisco 49ers +2800
St. Louis Rams +2500
Atlanta Falcons +6500
We admit that opportunities to acquire quality NFL quarterbacks in the off-season were rather limited. But the Chicago Bears will once again go about as far as Rex Grossman can take them, and that is indeed a sad state of affairs.
Sure, there were upbeat moments for this team. They hung the first loss of the season on Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers (and were led by Brian Griese in that one, incidentally). And they did win their last two games of the season. But Grossman, who sat out some time with injury, was largely ineffective, hitting just 54% of his passes for four TD’s and seven interceptions. Griese, who would have at least provided some insurance, was traded, and to make matters worse, the Bears also saw the departure of their two leading receivers from last year: Bernard Berrian, who left for Minnesota as a free agent, and Muhsin Muhammad, who was simply released. There were no substantive additions, although Marty Booker, who started his career in the Windy City, has returned. Devin Hester was thought to be a potential help at wideout, but there is a question as to whether he’s really grasping the offense.
And the Chicago braintrust has a dilemma regarding its running game as well. When Thomas Jones left for the Jets, the hope was that Cedric Benson, on whom they spent the fourth pick in the draft in 2005, could step in and become the every-down back. But Benson, who has attitude problems to begin with, rushed for just 3.4 yards a carry and in the off-season was arrested for boating while intoxicated. He is in mini-camp, but the Bears, who will be in search of a running solution, may actually discover a pleasant surprise in a combination of rookie Matt Forte and second-year man Garrett Wolfe, both of whom rushed for over 2000 yards in a season in college. A pleasant surprise had BETTER happen – this team was 30th in the league in yards gained in 2007.
There are constants on the defensive side, including Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher, who may be the best 1-2 linebacker duo in the NFL. Tommie Harris is back on the defensive line, along with Adewale Ogunleye, Mark Anderson and Alex Brown. The Bears will pressure quarterbacks, and should have some potency in limiting opposing running attacks. The secondary is a potential strength, but free safety Mike Brown always seems to be injured. Craig Steltz was drafted out of LSU, but he is probably more suited to special teams play in his rookie season. This stop unit is aging, and could use some new blood, as well as depth; the team was 28th in the league in yards allowed last season because of an inability to deal with the absence of some starters due to injuries.
The defense is good enough at the moment to keep the Bears in some ballgames. But they are going to have to be near-perfect to lift this team to playoff status. And they are going to have to get even more big-play kick returns from Hester, the NFL’s premier performer in that regard. The offense is potentially so bad that it might actually have to turn to Kyle Orton at some point under center. This is going to be an uphill battle all the way for Chicago, and if a team like Detroit finds some success implementing its new ground-first attack, the NFC North cellar is a very real possibility. Needless to say, Chicago is not a value play in the Our best Sportsbooks futures category.
JAY’S PREDICTION FOR 2008:
Chicago Bears — 6-10, 3rd place, NFC North
(+300 to win NFC North, +1600 to win NFC, +4000 to win Super Bowl at Our best Sportsbooks)
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