The Chicago Bears are a mess.
Their offensive line is still broken (pulling the plug on Kyle Long’s season proved that his decline wasn’t the sole reason behind the unit’s fall from grace). The running game has rebounded the last few weeks, but is still generally regarded as erratic and problematic. And the quarterback has some big-time issues, to the point we have already started looking at options in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft.
And if we’re brutally honest with each other, we’re looking at what could be the beginning of the end for this Bears’ window.
And yet, the oddsmakers still have them favored to beat a team that is ahead of them in the standings on Sunday.
The Bears (3-5) have been installed as 3-point favorites against the Detroit Lions (3-4-1), per the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas. That means the third-place Lions are underdogs against the last-place Bears. And while home-field advantage is often worth three points, it is still noteworthy that Chicago is favored despite so many signs that would point to this being a foolish starting point for wagering purposes.
In any case, this marks the seventh time the Bears have been favorites this season, four of which have come at home. Chicago is 1-5 against the spread as a favorite, which is jarring. But the most important nugget is that the Bears have lost four of the six games in which they’ve been favored. Chicago’s football team being a disappointment is one thing, but that this team has underwhelmed and caused their backers to lose money is a 1-2 punch packed with disappointment.
Seriously … how are they favored again?