DraftKings Sportsbook has released 2021 NFL season–win total odds, and apparently, the market isn’t as high on Andy Dalton as the Chicago Bears are.
The Bears went 8-8 last season and captured the final spot in the NFC Playoffs. Chicago quickly bowed out to the Saints, though not before Mitchell Trubisky added an NVP Award to his mantle.
Despite that, the Bears replaced Trubisky with Dalton under center. As for the rest of the roster, not much has changed.
Here’s where the Bears’ season-long win totals stand at DraftKings Illinois now.
2021 DraftKings Chicago Bears odds
DraftKings currently has the Bears’ win total at seven games. The over and the under are both at -110 juice.
Chicago is also +5,000 to win the Super Bowl, which is in line with its win total.
The Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants join the Bears on the seven-win line.
It’s also worth pointing out that the NFL schedule will run 17 games this season instead of 16. So, if seven wins looked uninspiring before, it’s even worse when you consider the Bears will have one more chance at a win.
Here’s where DraftKings pits Chicago’s NFC North foes:
- Green Bay Packers: 10.5
- Minnesota Vikings: 8.5
- Detroit Lions: 5
What have the Bears done this offseason?
Outside of acquiring Dalton in free agency, not much.
The Bears brought back star wide receiver Allen Robinson on the franchise tag and resigned kicker Cairo Santos.
But Chicago had to cut stalwart cornerback Kyle Fuller, an unfortunate cap casualty. Fuller was a Pro-Bowler in 2018 and 2019.
The Bears’ secondary will likely be worse as a result, and unless you consider Dalton an upgrade, they haven’t done anything else significant on the offensive side.
For what it’s worth, Chicago made a change at the defensive coordinator position. Sean Desai is in, and Chuck Pagano is out. Despite having one of the most talented units in the league last season, the Bears ranked 10th in yards allowed per play.
While that’s better than average, the formula for this Bears being good is having an elite defense and a competent offense. Perhaps the defensive coordinator change is welcomed.
Still, there’s not much about this offseason that is particularly exciting for Bears fans. Will the upcoming NFL Draft provide some joy?
Chicago to pick 20th in NFL Draft
The Bears have the 20th pick in the first round of next week’s Draft. If they stand pat, an offensive tackle is a need, as is a cornerback.
Of course, Chicago also needs a quarterback, though it’s unlikely that one of the big fish falls to No. 20. Could the Bears package their assets to move into the top five?
They may try, but the top five is already crowded with quarterback-hungry teams. The San Francisco 49ers recently traded several picks to move up to the third spot, and will certainly take a quarterback.
The Jaguars and Jets, who have the first two picks, are also near locks to go with a QB.
There were reports that the Falcons were open to dealing the fourth pick, and perhaps we’ll see a trade between now and the Draft. But even that’s complicated.
We don’t know which quarterback the 49ers will take at No. 3. There was initially Mac Jones smoke, but some find it hard to believe that the 49ers would take Jones over Justin Fields.
And if you’re going to give up a ton of assets to move up to No. 4, it’s likely because you’ve fallen in love with a certain quarterback. If you’re uncertain said QB will even be available, it’s harder to justify a trade.
The Bears could also trade down and plug a few more holes.
Though, regardless of what they do, seven wins feels about right.