The Bears far exceeded expectations in 2018.
Even with the addition of Khalil Mack, many outside of Chicago didn’t believe in the team as a viable playoff threat, let alone a division winner. However, they defied the odds and won their first NFC North crown since 2010. While their season came to a premature end in the wild card round of the playoffs, they showed enough promise to be considered legitimate contenders this year.
They are also the favorites to win the NFC North, as demonstrated by this chart on Sports Betting Dime’s website.
Ever since their initial odds came out in January 16, Chicago has been the favorite to win the division, and while their individual odds have increased slightly since, they still remain atop the division.
Close behind them are the Packers and Vikings, who have been alternating at second place throughout the offseason. Green Bay’s odds to win the Super Bowl currently rank fifth in the NFC and tenth in the league. Minnesota’s odds have gotten slightly worse throughout the offseason, but they are still very close to second place. In last place come the Lions, who have a large gap between them and the rest of the division.
The sixth-place spot is fair for the Bears, as they only trail the Rams and Saints in terms of fellow NFC teams. However, the Browns are the only team in the top five who didn’t play in the championship game of their conference, let alone actually make the playoffs. While the additions of Odell Beckham Jr., Greedy Williams and Olivier Vernon add intrigue to an up-and-coming roster, it feels a bit premature to give them such good odds already.
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