The Chicago Bears made the playoffs in 2020, but quickly fell to the New Orleans Saints 21-9. Now, Ryan Pace has once again made a huge move at quarterback, trading up in the NFL Draft to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the 11th pick.
Fields likely won’t start right away, as the Bears signed Andy Dalton this offseason with the intention of making him the starter. But the Bears have a young quarterback to be excited about, and Chicago is relevant once again.
Earlier this offseason, the Bears placed the franchise tag on star wide receiver Allen Robinson. Since they were over the salary cap, however, they had to cut two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Kyle Fuller. As a result, next year’s secondary will likely be worse.
Here’s your Chicago Bears betting guide including latest odds, some betting tips and trends and a hint of Bears history to help guide your game day bets.
See below for the best current live point spread, moneyline and totals odds at Illinois online sportsbooks for the Bears’ next game. Click on any odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus and register a new account.
The Bears will play the LA Rams at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 12. Here are the Chicago Bears Week 1 odds:
What are the odds the Bears will win the NFC or advance to the Super Bowl? See below for the best current prices available at the top IL betting apps. Click on any odds to jump right to the sportsbook, claim your bonus and lock in your Bears bets.
Don’t believe in the Bears to win it all? See below for the current odds for the top contenders to win the Super Bowl this year.
For perhaps the final time in Chicago, Pace is in charge of the offseason.
After the Bears’ playoff loss to the Saints, Pace, Nagy and team ownership held a press conference that left many scratching their heads. The discussion then quickly turned to a few of the star quarterbacks that appeared to be available in the trade market, but then the Bears signed Dalton.
But then, Pace took a swing that delighted the fanbase, trading up to select Fields.
Here are the most significant developments of the offseason thus far:
The complete 2021-22 NFL schedule is in; here are the dates:
|Week 1||at LA Rams||Sunday Night Football, Sept. 12||7:20 p.m.||NBC-5|
|Week 2||Bengals||Sunday, Sept. 19||Noon||Fox-32|
|Week 3||at Browns||Sunday, Sept. 26||Noon||Fox-32|
|Week 4||Lions||Sunday, Oct. 3||Noon||Fox-32|
|Week 5||at Raiders||Sunday, Oct. 10||3:05 p.m.||CBS-2|
|Week 6||Packers||Sunday, Oct. 17||Noon||Fox-32|
|Week 7||at Buccaneers||Sunday, Oct. 24||3:25 p.m.||CBS-2|
|Week 8||49ers||Sunday, Oct. 31||Noon||Fox-32|
|Week 9||at Steelers||Monday, Nov. 8||7:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|Week 10||Bye week|
|Week 11||Ravens||Sunday, Nov. 21||Noon||CBS-2|
|Week 12||at Lions||Thanksgiving Day||11:30 a.m.||Fox-32|
|Week 13||Cardinals||Sunday, Dec. 5||Noon||Fox-32|
|Week 15||at Packers||Sunday, Dec. 12||7:20 p.m.||NBC-5|
|Week 16||at Seahawks||Sunday, Dec. 26||3:05 p.m.||Fox-32|
|Week 17||Giants||Sunday, Jan. 2||Noon||CBS-2|
|Week 18||at Vikings||Sunday, Jan. 9||Noon||Fox-32|
Here’s the full Bears 2020 schedule with the score of every game.
|Week 1||at Lions||W, 27-23||Noon CST, FOX|
|Week 2||vs. Giants||W, 17-13||Noon CST, CBS|
|Week 3||at Falcons||W, 30-26||Noon CST, FOX|
|Week 4||vs. Colts||L, 19-11||Noon CST, CBS|
|Week 5||vs. Buccaneers||W, 20-19||7:20 p.m. CST, FOX|
|Week 6||at Panthers||W, 23-16||Noon CT, FOX|
|Week 7||at Rams||L, 24-10||7:15 p.m. CST, ESPN|
|Week 8||vs. Saints||L, 26-23 (OT)||3:25 p.m. CST, FOX|
|Week 9||at Titans||L, 24-17||Noon CST, FOX|
|Week 10||vs. Vikings||L, 19-13||7:15 p.m. CST, ESPN|
|Week 12||at Packers||L, 41-25||7:20 p.m. CST, NBC|
|Week 13||vs. Lions||L, 34-30||Noon CST, FOX|
|Week 14||vs. Texans||W, 36-7||Noon CST, CBS|
|Week 15||at Vikings||W, 33-27||Noon CST, FOX|
|Week 16||at Jaguars||W, 41-17||Noon CST, FOX|
|Week 17||vs. Packers||L, 35-16||Noon CST, FOX|
For each slate of games throughout the season, you’ll find odds listed for all of the matchups at sportsbooks. Listings will generally have the road team on top and the home side on the bottom, but note that there’s occasionally a neutral-site game. The average Bears game line looks like this.
Next to the two team names are the odds and lines for the three main pregame bets: moneyline, point spread, and totals. All three wagers will bring in tons of action for every NFL game on the schedule, and the odds will adjust in response. Here’s how the wagers work.
For this wager, the goal is simple: pick the team that you think will win the game. You can take the favorite at negative odds or choose the underdog with positive numbers.
It’s a simple and straightforward wager with a cut and dry end result. Moneyline is a great starting point for new bettors as a result, but there’s appeal for those with experience too.
The spread adds an entirely new wrinkle to the equation. Oddsmakers set a number that needs to be accounted for. Do you like the favorite minus the points or the dog plus the number?
The side you roll with has to cover the spread for the bet to be a winner. For example, at -5, the Packers need to win by six or more. The Bears cover with a 4-point loss or less or a victory.
The Over/Under bet is all about how many points that the two teams will combine for. Sportsbooks release an estimated number for bettors to weigh in on with odds attached.
Also known as totals betting, the winner or loser of the game is irrelevant. The goal for bettors is to simply decide if the combined points will be Over or Under the listed number.
You aren’t limited to just betting on whether the Bears win any season. There are many more opportunities to explore on the betting menu. Two of the most popular areas are futures and props.
Futures are bet you can place on how you think the season as a whole will play out. Odds for the top markets will be released in the offseason and remain active through the year. Here are some of the top offerings that you’ll see.
Props can be found by clicking through on the game listings. Oftentimes, you’ll see a link that’s labeled “more wagers.” Once you click on it, you’ll see the list of offerings for the current game. Here are a few examples of what you might see.
There will also be props that revolve around team or game circumstances, such as which side will have more total rushing yards and whether or not there will be a return TD in the game.
For regular props, odds are attached as soon as the prop is released, and they may fluctuate based on betting action. The same holds true in the futures market. As bets begin to come in, there’s often movement based on where the betting action is headed.
To find the best prices, it’s always a good idea to shop around on both futures and props. For futures, don’t forget that you can check back constantly to see what the market has to say. It’s worth doing so as appealing prices on the players and teams you are interested in can appear at any time.
The Bears were originally slotted at No. 20 in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but they traded up to No. 11 to take Justin Fields. All told, the Bears walked away with seven new members of the team. Here’s a look at the latest additions in Chicago:
The Bears were without a first-round pick in 2020, but the team found a potential gem in round five when it drafted Tulane wide receiver Darnell Mooney. Looking back over the rest of the last 10 years, here are the first-round draft choices for Chicago:
Expectations were muted for the Bears heading into 2020, but the club managed to surprise with three straight wins to open the year. After dropping a close one at home to the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago won its next two to push the record to 5-1.
Just as visions of a postseason berth started dancing around the Windy City, fans hopes were left swirling in the breeze. The club dropped its next six games in a row to fall to 5-7. The Jekyll and Hyde act continued from there with a three-game winning streak.
The Bears wrapped up the season with a 35-16 home loss to the Packers to finish up at 8-8, but it was still good enough to snag a Wild Card berth. The club travelled to New Orleans on the first postseason weekend, losing by a score of 21-9.
The Bears have had some trouble finding stability at the QB position through the years. Consider this: Jay Cutler holds a number of the team’s passing records, and his tenure with the club only lasted from 2009-16.
Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles were hoping to be the team’s long-term answer at the position, but that didn’t come to fruition. In 2021, the Bears are hoping Andy Dalton and/or Justin Fields provide some answers.
Let’s take a look back at the players who have started at QB for the Bears since the turn of the century.
The history of the Chicago Bears is long and stretches all the way back to the days of the franchise known as the Decatur Staleys in 1920. Since that time, only 17 men have led the way as head coach.
The legendary George Halas was in charge for much of the early going, while franchise legend Mike Ditka helped the club recapture its past glory in the 1980s. Since 1999, just five head coaches have roamed the sidelines in Chicago. Here’s a look at the records for each of them.
Nagy has managed to lead the Bears to the playoffs in two of three seasons at the helm, but the club has finished at 8-8 two years in a row. To make some noise in the NFC North and get back to the postseason, the team has some work to do.
From 1921 through 1970, the Bears played home games at Wrigley Field, which is better known as the home of MLB’s Chicago Cubs. The club needed some larger digs from there and initially moved into the next stop on what it thought was a short-term commitment. Chicago home games are still held there to this day. Here’s where you can catch the Bears in person.
The NFL has a concrete broadcast agreement in place for each window of the schedule. Depending on when the Bears game is scheduled, here’s where you’ll be able to tune in and watch.
Each of the above channels can be found on major cable, satellite and streaming packages throughout Illinois. For other streaming options, the NFL app and Yahoo Sports provide coverage of select local and primetime games.
For the Sunday afternoon slate, NFL RedZone provides whip-around coverage of all of the games. This is a subscription add-on that is available via many providers. Last but not least, the main broadcast channels — CBS, FOX and NBC — can be picked up via antennae in many areas. The games will be carried by the local affiliates in your area.
On the radio side, WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM serves as the flagship radio station for Bears broadcasts. Jeff Joniak handles the play-by-play, while Tom Thayer handles analysis. The feed is picked up by numerous stations across the state. Audio coverage of Bears games is also available on TuneIn, which is available both on the web and via mobile.
When the Bears are set to take the field, it’s quite the event for loyal fans of the team. If you’re looking to go out to watch the game, you’re in luck. There are a number of quality places to visit throughout the Chicago area. Here’s a peek at five of the top spots to consider. Don’t forget, you can download any of the NFL betting apps above and place your bets, while watching the game live at a bar.
A part of the Chicago landmark district, this is an awesome Irish pub with plenty of TVs watch the game. You’ll find food and drink specials, a friendly atmosphere and an all-around good time.
Located in the West Loop, the Ambassador Public House is a European-style pub with food and drink specials and plenty of HDTVs to soak in the action. If you’re a fan of lots of different beers, you’ll like it here.
On the North Side, you’ll find the Globe Pub, a cool spot to catch all kinds of sports. The bar features plenty of smart TVs to watch the game, an extended happy hour during the week and an expansive beer list.
TVs, pub food, pool table, jukeboxes, great drink selection, and a place to kick back and watch the games? You’ll find that and much more at High Dive, a popular destination for Bears fans.
A popular watering hole off the South Loop, The Scout features an awesome food menu plus plenty of beers and cocktails to choose from. Of course, there are also a number of screens to catch the action.
Listed hours for these establishments are current as of this writing, but it’s always a good idea to call ahead and verify so that you don’t miss a second of the action. One more thing: Now that sports betting is legalized in Illinois, you won’t miss a beat on that end either.
Apps from leading operators can be with you on the go, and you can also log in to make live bets as the Bears game plays out. We’ll call that a win-win situation that Bears fans should absolutely be taking advantage of.
In 1920, the A.E. Staley Co. formed a football team. Known as the Decatur Staleys, the club began play in 1919. The team relocated to Chicago in 1921, and was rechristened as the Bears for the 1922 campaign.
A charter member of the NFL, the Bears found a good deal of success in the days before the NFL-AFL merger. Between 1921 and 1963, the team won eight league championships. In the Super Bowl era, the Bears have won just one big game and come up short in another.
All along the way, the franchise has fielded a number of the game’s most legendary all-time players. Here are some of the more notable facts and figures from Bears franchise history.
The Bears recently made some history on the wagering front, as well. The club has made a deal with PointsBet as its first official sports betting partner. The Australia-based sportsbook has made some great strides here in the US and has plans for the Illinois market.
PointsBet will be visible across the Bears’ various digital assets, with additional sponsorship opportunities in the stadium. The sportsbook will have a retail location at Hawthorne Race Course, with plans for additional outlets in the area. It’s also available online and via app. The platform has been a big hit with handicappers of all experience levels.
Yes, sports betting is now officially legal in Illinois. Legislation was originally approved in 2019, but it took some time for the official rollout. Retail options opened in March 2020, while online platforms made their debut over the summer. Additional options will continue to be unveiled moving forward.
Las Vegas no longer has the best sports betting odds on lockdown. It was like that for decades, but that’s no longer the case in the new legal environment. Sports betting operators across the legal states are releasing odds that are in line with what you’ll find out in Sin City. That includes right here in Illinois. You can certainly take a peek at the numbers from out in Vegas, but you’ll find comparable prices here at home.
As one of the charter members of the NFL, the Bears have quite the lengthy history. The franchise has featured a number of legendary players through the years, including dozens of Hall of Famers. On an all-time basis, two names stick out on the offensive side of the ball, both of whom played running back: Gale Sayers and Walter Payton. These are two of the best ever to play at the position, and their legacies have more than stood the test of time. On defense, Dick Butkus was one of the most feared players of his era and is remembered as one of the very best linebackers of all time.
For the 2021 season, it’s WR Allen Robinson atop the charts. He has a total cap hit of $17.98 million, $17.88 of which is base salary. LB Robert Quinn is second with a total salary cap number of $14.7 million, followed by LB Khalil Mack at $14.646 million.
As an enormously popular local team that also has a big national following, the Bears are a hot ticket. On the low end, you’re looking at around $80 for the cheap seats. The median price is around $300, while top tier tickets can go for over $1,000. Naturally, exact pricing will vary based on seat location. Additionally, keep in mind that prices on the secondary market could be much greater if the club is having a great season or set to square off against one of the league’s top teams.