Bears 2013-14 Season Odds
CHICAGO, IL (The Spread) – Will new head coach Marc Testman lead the Bears back to the playoffs following the firing of Lovie Smith?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bears are 25/1 to win the 2014 Super Bowl and 14/1 to win the NFC Conference championship this season. They’re also +300 to win the NFC North Division and have an over/under total of 8.5 wins for 2013-14. The odds that they’ll make the playoffs are +140 and -170 against.
As previously mentioned, the Bears have a new front man in Marc Trestman. They also signed free agent tight end Martellus Bennett and offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, who will protect quarterback Jay Cutler’s blindside. They also waived goodbye to free agent linebacker Brian Urlacher, who eventually decided to retire after not drawing much interest on the free agent market (at least not the type of interest that he wanted).
In the 2013 draft, the Bears landed a starting guard in Kyle Long and a potential starting middle linebacker in second-round pick Jon Bostic out of Florida. Both players have already turned heads in preseason and it appears as though Bostic is going to start over free agent pickup D.J. Williams in the middle of Chicago’s defense.
With how wide open the NFC North is this season, there’s no reason to count the Bears out for a division title. That said, Cutler has to avoid making stupid mistakes and costly turnovers or else this team will continue to play average football and he may be looking for a new home in the offseason. He’s a free agent at the end of the year and the fact that Chicago hasn’t handed him a new contract is telling.
Another question is whether or not receiver Brandon Marshall is going to be healthy enough to play all season with a hip injury that continues to bother him. If he can’t, then Chicago’s passing game all of a sudden becomes a question mark and the team could suffer.
The Bears are a sleeper at 25/1 but there’s a reason why they don’t have better odds.
2013-14 Chicago Bears Season Odds
Super Bowl Odds: 25/1
NFC Conference Odds: 14/1
NFC North Division Odds: +300
Over/Under Win Total: 8.5