NFL Picks: Chicago Bears NFC North Division Future Odds

Jordan Sharp

Friday, May 31, 2013 6:39 PM GMT

Despite being a 10-6 SU team in 2012, the Chicago Bears were left to watch the postseason at home on their couches.


Chicago Bears divisional future odds update

If a 10 win season was not enough, the Chicago Bears are now under new leadership at the head coach position, as Marc Trestman takes over the Bears this season. 

Chicago is the first underdog in the NFC North divisional future odds this off-season, and LVH Sportsbook in Las Vegas has them at +300 to win the division this season. Most of Chicago's personnel are back from the 2012 campaign,(with the exception of Brian Urlacher of course) but under a new head coach, do the Bears have value at 3/1 in a future odds bet?

I'm not quite sold on the Bears this season as division contenders. It would not surprise me if they are once again an above .500 football team, but with the Packers atop the division, and the Vikings a contender as well, Chicago's chances this season do not look very good SU. However if a few things go right for the Bears this season, they could find themselves in contention for the division late in the season. 

First and foremost Chicago needs to protect their quarterback. Jay Cutler has shown that he can do pretty good things when he has time to read a defense and sometimes even when the play breaks down. However Cutler was sacked 38 times last season, fifth most in the NFL. If Cutler remains upright, this offense is extremely potent. That alone will give us betting value in the 2013 season. 

The Bears are doing their best to beef up their offense of line. They drafted Kyle Long with their first-round draft pick. Long was a tackle but it looks as if Chicago wants him to play left guard to start the season. He will team up with newly signed Jermon Bushrod at left tackle for a much-upgraded left side of the o-line for Chicago. If their defense can play like they did in 2012, the Bears might have sneaky betting value in 2013. 

Even though I don’t think they don’t have much betting value at 3 to 1 to win the NFC North, the Bears could be much better against the spread in 2013. Last season Chicago was 7–9 ATS, and one of the biggest disappointments for Chicago is how bad they played ATS against their division. Chicago was 1–5 ATS playing the NFC North, but they were also 3-1 ATS against the AFC in 2012. 

However with the o-line upgraded this season, and with the addition of Martellus Bennett to play tight end, Chicago is very adequately priced in the divisional future odds this off-season. Even though it is tempting at 3/1, I see an even better season for the Green Bay Packers the season at 5/8, which is almost always the thorn in Bears’ fans sides.

Within the next few weeks we will be discussing off-season odds once again with this division, and that will include season win totals. I have a feeling will be seeing some value in those areas with Chicago this season, and value ATS is not that farfetched for this normally overvalued team.

Check out division rivals, the Green Bay Packers, future odds.