Chicago Bears 2017-18 NFL Season Preview Football Odds & Free Predictions

by Aengus Moorehead

Chicago Bears 2017-18 NFL Season Preview Football Odds & Free Predictions

The Story:
When it seemed that the Chicago Bears had found their new signal-caller in the form of Mike Glennon, everyone assumed that their draft choices in the spring would mostly comprised of defensive bodies in order to put the finishing touch on a albeit young but defective unit. In an incomprehensible move, they moved up in the draft and selected another quarterback at the second spot. With Jay Cutler gone, the Bears signed Glennon to a three-year 45 million dollar contract and now will have to fight for his job against Mitchell Trubisky and free agent Mark Sanchez. In a draft that left many observers scratching their heads, general manager Ryan Pace better hope his pet project works out for like Cutler he could be out the door when season’s ends. The thought process is that Glennon is guaranteed 16 million this season but only 2.5 million more after that which means he will be at the helm this season then with a season of maturing, Trubisky could replace Glennon if the former Buccaneer doesn’t fit the mold anymore.

Trubisky did show some panache in his first preseason game last week against the Broncos as he threw for 166 yards and led the Bears to three scoring drives but it is the preseason. Glennon figures to be rusty after throwing only 11 passes since the end of 2014 for Tampa Bay but he is a quick study and comes with some upside. Glennon will have to deal with receiving corps that was mostly neglected in the offseason and will be without star receiver Ashlon Jeffery who bolted to Philadelphia. The Bears added wide receivers Kendall Wright and Victor Cruz but both do not possess the explosiveness Jeffery brought to the table. Cameron Meredith (66, 888) and Kevin White (19, 187) figure to be the starter at the position along with second-round rookie tight end Adam Shaheen. The Bears possess a solid offensive line which allowed rookie RB Jordan Howard to amass 1,313 yards in his first season. Defensively, the Bears are loaded with talent in the front seven and have some very good veterans to complement the unit but they didn’t get to play much as ensemble last season as it was depleted with injuries.

Chicago Bears Offseason Moves

Notable Additions: CB Prince Amukamara, CB Marcus Cooper, DE Bradley Sowell, DE Jaye Howard, NT John Jenkins, QB Mike Glennon, QB Mark Sanchez, S Quintin Demps, WR Kendall Wright, WR Victor Cruz
Notable Departures: C Ted Larsen, DE Cornelius Washington, DT Will Sutton, ILB Christian Jones, QB Jay Cutler, QB Brian Hoyer, QB Matt Barkley, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Eddie Royal
1st and 2nd round Draft Picks: QB Mitchell Trubisky (2), TE Adam Shaheen (45)

2017-18 NFL Odds on Chicago Bears

Odds According to Bovada as of August 2017

Chicago Bears 2017-18 Schedules

W. Date Match Game site Time TV
P1 10-Aug Denver Broncos Soldier Field 8:00 p.m. NFLN
P2 19-Aug @ Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium 10:00 p.m.  
P3 27-Aug @ Tennessee Titans Nissan Stadium 1:00 p.m. FOX
P4 31-Aug Cleveland Browns Soldier Field 8:00 p.m.  
W. Date Match Game site Time TV
1 10-Sep Atlanta Falcons Soldier Field 1:00 p.m. FOX
2 17-Sep @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium 1:00 p.m. FOX
3 24-Sep Pittsburgh Steelers Soldier Field 1:00 p.m. CBS
4 28-Sep @ Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 8:25 p.m. CBS
5 09-Oct Minnesota Vikings Soldier Field 8:30 p.m. ESPN
6 15-Oct @ Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium 1:00 p.m. FOX
7 22-Oct Carolina Panthers Soldier Field 1:00 p.m. FOX
8 29-Oct @ New Orleans Saints Mercedes-Benz Superdome 1:00 p.m. FOX
9 Bye        
10 12-Nov Green Bay Packers Soldier Field 1:00 p.m. FOX
11 19-Nov Detroit Lions Soldier Field 1:00 p.m. FOX
12 26-Nov @ Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field 1:00 p.m. FOX
13 03-Dec San Francisco 49ers Soldier Field 1:00 p.m. CBS
14 10-Dec @ Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium 1:00 p.m. FOX
15 16-Dec @ Detroit Lions Ford Field 4:30 p.m. NFLN
16 24-Dec Cleveland Browns Soldier Field 1:00 p.m. CBS
17 31-Dec @ Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium 1:00 p.m. FOX

All Time Eastern

The Bottom Line:
The Bears have some young talent at key spots but are few years away before making any waves in the NFC North. The season hasn’t even started yet and Coach John Fox is already on the hot seat. They start their season in brutal fashion with games against Atlanta, at Tampa Bay, Steelers and at Green Bay so a 0-4 start could definitely be in the cards for the Bears. Glennon is unproven at quarterback and Trubisky could see more action than anticipated but won’t be able to bring the Bears to a winning record.

Chicago Bears Last year’s record: 3-13

Aengus NFL Prediction on Chicago Bears (6-10): Over 5 (+105) at Bovada

Bet on the Bears 2017-18 Season at Bovada Sportsbook.