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Movement on Bears-Titans Line, Updated Look at Playoff Odds

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An ugly injury situation has caused a small shift in the Bears-Titans line from earlier in the week. After opening as a 5.5-point underdog, they are now a six-point road underdog at Tennessee on Sunday afternoon.

Five offensive players missed Chicago’s Wednesday practice, while three defensive players, including safety Eddie Jackson, also didn’t participate. The Bears are dealing with both a rash of injuries and COVID-19 issues, creating a state of flux along an offensive line that has struggled to protect quarterback Nick Foles in recent weeks.

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Chicago’s uneven performance and bottom-tier offense have been a turnoff to oddsmakers all season. To illustrate this point, the 5-3 Bears are an underdog for the eighth time in nine weeks. Meanwhile, their injury situation and the early-week betting splits have caused the odds to move up a tick to Tennessee -6, while the Bears have also since moved from +195 to +210 on the moneyline at DraftKings.

Bears Current NFC North Odds

Week 8 of the NFL regular season wasn’t all bad for the Bears. Sure, they lost in a gut-punch 26-23 overtime defeat to the Saints, but their odds to win the NFC North actually improved.

Entering Week 8 play, the Bears were +375 to win the NFC North, but their odds improved to +325 after the Packers upset loss at home to the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay (-335) still remains the clear-cut favorite in the division, but if Chicago can tread water in Week 9, they could be in position to make things interesting.

The Packers have a favorable matchup with an injury-depleted 49ers team on Thursday night, while the Bears are a big road underdog against the Titans.  Following this weekend, however, the schedule lightens up:

  • Vikings (H)
  • Packers (A)
  • Lions (H)
  • Texans (H)
  • Vikings (A)

As things stand now, Chicago figures to be favored in at least three of those games. We will see about that Vikings matchup on the road. Either way, if you think the Bears can go into Lambeau Field and win in primetime, here’s some advice. Wait for a probable Green Bay win on Thursday night (along with the corresponding odds adjustment) and then jump on the Bears.

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Bears Playoff Odds Update

The Bears’ playoff odds have taken a hit in recent weeks.

Ahead of their Week 7 matchup with the Rams, Chicago was -286 to reach the postsesason. That number dipped to -154 ahead of Week 8 and has since tumbled to -121 ahead of their matchup with the Titans.

Interestingly, there could be some potential added value with this proposition.

The NFL has recently discussed expanding the postseason field to eight teams per conference this season. Doing so would create an additional opportunity for the Bears to slip into the field. Even if the current format remains limited to seven participants per conference, Chicago remains very much in the thick of the playoff hunt and with a favorable stretch of games ahead, should remain there down the stretch.

Mack in Defensive Player of the Year Convo

In terms of individual player awards, one member of the Bears has a legitimate shot to score some postseason hardware at the season’s midway point. That player is Khalil Mack, who currently has the fourth-best overall odds to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. A look at the top contenders heading into the weekend:

  • Aaron Donald (+300)
  • TJ Watt (+300)
  • Myles Garrett (+350)
  • Khalil Mack (+700)
  • Budda Baker (+2000)

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Author: BN Staff

From the collective mind of the Bleacher Nation staff.