Don’t look now, but the Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl odds are back on the rise.
Things took a turn after a Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers, but the Bears are riding high into their Week 3 Monday Night Football appearance thanks to Eddy Piñeiro’s big leg, and oddsmakers in Las Vegas are starting to show a little confidence in a team that was once pegged as being among the Super Bowl contenders before the season began.
Here’s a look at the most recent shift (first tweet is from September 9th, second tweet is from today):
Some updated Super Bowl odds:#Vikings from 25-1 to 16-1
Patriots from 7-1 to 4-1
Bears from 12-1 to 20-1
Browns from 16-1 to 25-1
— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) September 9, 2019
Current Super Bowl Odds:
New England Patriots – 13/4
Los Angeles Rams – 7/1
Kansas City Chiefs – 7/1
Dallas Cowboys – 12/1
Green Bay Packers – 12/1
Chicago Bears -16/1
Philadelphia Eagles – 16/1
Los Angeles Chargers – 20/1
Baltimore Ravens – 20/1
Cleveland Browns – 20/1
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 18, 2019
The Bears went from 12-1 preseason favorites to 20-1 long-shots before settling in back among the favorites after their win against the Broncos. And now, the team will look to continue to reward the betting public’s confidence with another road win.
Chicago opened up as a 4-point favorite against Washington, according to the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. The over-under point total has been set at 41.5, which is the second-lowest total on the board of the 16 games in Week 3. In other words, the oddsmakers are essentially envisioning another scenario in which the Bears squeak out another low-scoring victory— which is already making my stomach tighten up just thinking about it.
If you are like me and in search for something to ease any concerns, it is worth pointing out the Bears were installed as road favorites in six of their eight games away from Soldier Field last season. They won four of those games outright (Arizona, Buffalo, Detroit, San Francisco), with the only loss against the spread coming against Arizona. The losses (overtime heartbreakers against New York and Miami) are notable tough beats, but were ultimately outliers in a season in which Chicago won 12 games and a division title.
Being favored in a prime-time game is becoming old hat for Matt Nagy and the Bears. And frankly, that’s something I could totally get used to – being expected to win games in front of nationally televised audiences is pretty neat.
Since the start of the 2018 season, Chicago has been a prime-time favorite seven times. The Bears have won four of those six games, though losses in their last two (Philadelphia, Green Bay) is a trend I don’t like seeing. Overall, Nagy’s Bears have won five of the eight primetime games in which they have been featured on since the start of the 2018 season. Here’s to that trend rolling on through our nation’s capital.