The Chicago Bears were supposed to own the NFC North at a minimum in 2019. At best, they were playing for their first Super Bowl since 1985.
That wasn’t to be, however, as quarterback Mitch Trubisky hit a wall in his development, and Chicago’s nasty defense, well, wasn’t quite as nasty.
A step in the wrong direction prompted the Bears to swing a trade for Nick Foles, while the team also opted not to pick up Trubisky’s fifth-year option.
Things are changing in the Windy City, and Bears fans obviously hope it’s for the better. Can Chicago pick back up where they left off in 2019 and make a title run?
Let’s take a look at their Super Bowl 55 odds and gauge which side of the fence bettors need to be on this year.
Bears’ Super Bowl Odds for 2021
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. None of the top football sportsbooks deem the Bears to be much of a threat to win the Super Bowl this year, but their odds suggest they’re not a terrible long shot, either.
Betting on the Bears to win it all doesn’t seem like the right call right now, but things could change if/when Nick Foles officially runs this offense.
The upside Foles could bring to Matt Nagy’s passing attack makes the Bears an interesting team to watch. The question is if bettors should take advantage of their current Super Bowl odds and bet on them now.
Why the Bears Can Win Super Bowl 55
Chicago’s Super Bowl plight starts and ends under center. If you go back and look at their 2019 losses, a lot of their issues stem from a shaky offense.
Can Mitch Trubisky step up in the face of competition and become the consistent passer he needs to be? Will Nick Foles overtake him and be the upgrade everyone thinks he is?
If the answer is “yes” to either of those questions, the Bears will be a threat. Chicago went 8-8 despite not having a very reliable offense, and they still have a pretty good defense.
Chicago’s defense needs to be improved, and they need to run the ball better, but having a quarterback situation that doesn’t make Bears fans depressed could be the ticket to a title run.
Why the Bears Won’t Win Super Bowl 55
The major issue with Chicago is quarterback, and the arrival of Nick Foles may not change that. Trubisky was erratic, inaccurate, and failed to elevate his team in tense situations.
Foles can do the latter, but he showed in Jacksonville (and for most of his career) that he really isn’t that good. It’s amazing what one dream Super Bowl run can do for a guy, isn’t it?
Should Trubisky continue to falter and/or Foles isn’t the answer, the Bears are in serious trouble.
They could also just manage games and get by, but then there’s the concern of a mildly regressing defense and a pathetic rushing attack.
All of this seems to hinge on what happens under center. If the Bears don’t fix that underlying issue, they’ll continue to rot from the inside out.
Will the Bears Win the Super Bowl in 2021?
I doubt it. Chicago was one of my favorite Super Bowl sleepers going into 2018, and they responded with a division title and what looked to be a title-winning defense.
Then that double-doink kick happened, and the rest is history.
Chicago never recovered, as Trubisky has become exposed as more of an athlete than a true quarterback and Matt Nagy hasn’t been able to figure out a way to win around him.
Maybe Nick Foles does change that. The guy has been pure gold in the playoffs, and we know he can attack defenses down the field. In theory, he could shred in this offense.
It’s just tough to hang your hat on either of these quarterbacks. It doesn’t help when the Bears haven’t proven they can run the ball and also have a defense that is underperforming.
Chicago is a solid flier bet. They have respectable Super Bowl 2021 odds, a talented defense, and plenty of talent on offense. Putting it all together just seems like a reach for them at the moment.
Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.
When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.