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Chicago Bears

Talk about iconic football Teams and the Chicago Bears will come up at some point in the conversation. Dating back to 1920 as a founding member of the National Football League, the Bears have won nine league championships including one Super Bowl.

With a rich heritage and a loyal fanbase, the Bears are a common topic in the general sports betting conversation too.

With big acquisitions including a new head coach and superstar player, there’s never been a better time to start betting on the Bears. The team won the division championship last year for the first time in almost a decade and are looking to improve on it this year with a deep postseason run.

This complete guide to the Chicago Bears will cover important points such as:

  • How do the Bears stack up in the NFC North.
  • Effective tips and strategies for betting on the Chicago Bears this season.
  • FAQ with answers to common questions like where the team plays, who owns the franchise, and what they’re worth.

Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears Team History

The Chicago Bears were founded in 1920 and are now one of only two original NFL teams still playing, the other being the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears were actually started in Decatur, Illinois but moved to Chicago in 1921.

Since then the Bears have become one of the most iconic and successful teams in the NFL. The Bears hold the record for most Hall of Fame players and the most retired jersey numbers.

The franchise has won one Super Bowl which they earned by defeating the New England Patriots in 1985 and they’ve also won four conference championships, 21 division titles, and made 26 total playoff appearances.

The 1985 season was the best in franchise history, as the team boasted arguably the greatest defense in NFL history and won their only Super Bowl title after steamrolling the New England Patriots 46-10. In 2020, the Bears will be celebrating their 101st season.

The franchise’s most recognizable players include Walter Payton, William Perry, Brian Urlacher, and Jim McMahon. 

Chicago Bears FAQs

How much are the Chicago Bears worth?

During the 2017 season, the Bears organization generated $431 million in revenue and Forbes estimates the business to be worth $2.9 billion.

Who owns the Chicago Bears?

The Bears are owned by the McCaskey family.

When did the Chicago Bears become a team?

The organization played its first season in 1920.

Have the Chicago Bears Won a Super Bowl?

Yes, the Bears have won one Super Bowl. It came in 1985 in Super Bowl XX against the New England Patriots. The franchise also won eight championships prior to the AFL-NFL merger of 1970.

What stadium and city do the Chicago Bears play in?

Since 1971, the Bears have played at Soldier Field, located in Chicago, Illinois. In 2002, they played one season at Memorial Field, before moving back to Soldier Field in 2003.

Where do the Bears have training camp?

The club holds training camp at Ward Field, located in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

What is the Chicago Bears mascot?

Staley Da Bear is the official mascot of the Chicago Bears.

What are the Chicago Bears team colors?

The Bears wear navy blue, burnt orange, and white.

Chicago Bears Player Highlights

All-Time Team Leaders
Games played Patrick Mannelly
Passing Yards Jay Cutler 23,443
Passing TDs Jay Cutler 154
Receiving Yards Johnny Morris 5,059
Receiving TDs Ken Kavanaugh 50
Rushing Yards Walter Payton 16,726
Rushing TDs Walter Payton 110
Sacks Richard Dent 124.5
Interceptions Gary Fencik 38
Points Scored (Kicker) Robbie Gould 1,207

Tips for Betting on Chicago Bears

Before the Chicago Bears had even played a game in 2018, they had captured the attention of the entire NFL. After hiring Matt Nagy as their new Head Coach in January, the Bears followed that up by striking a blockbuster deal with the Oakland Raiders to bring LB Khalil Mack to the Windy City.

The changes were met with immediate success, as the Bears won the NFC North for the first time since 2010 and ended the year with a 12-4 record.

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky will begin his third season in Chicago and leads a Bears offense that needs to take another step forward in order to win their first Super Bowl since 1985. The Bears enter the season as the prohibitive favorites to repeat as NFC North champions, as no other team in the division qualified for the playoffs in 2018.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind if you want to put money on the Bears this season:

  • The Bears were the league’s top team against the point spread in 2018, covering 12 times, including an impressive streak of nine covers in ten games to close out the year.
  • Their defense finished first in the league, giving up a paltry 17.7 points per game, and were one of three teams to give up less than 300 years a game on average.
  • Chicago also boasted a top 10 offense, in large part because of the addition of Nagy and development of Trubisky.
  • Despite losing a home game in the playoffs, the Bears were an impressive 7-1 at Soldier Field during the regular season, with their only loss coming against New England in week seven.

Here are some key numbers you can use for betting on the Bears:

  • The Bears finished tops in the league vs. the spread last season, going 12-5, finishing the year with a 70.6 cover percentage.
  • The Bears were slightly below average when it came to hitting Overs last season, ending the year with a 47.1 Over percentage and 52.9 Under percentage.

The Bears don’t play a single 2018 playoff team until after their bye week (week 6) and go nearly a month and a half between road games between weeks 3-9.

Start Betting on the Chicago Bears Now

After shocking the league in 2018, the Bears head into 2019 with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. With the league’s top defense, an emerging QB and a weak overall division, the Bears are as good a bet as any to play well into January.

Illinois wants to become the first state in the Midwest to legalize sports gambling but as of this writing gamblers in the Prairie state are still required to look elsewhere to get their Bears action.

If you’re a local Bears fan, keep an eye on our guide to legal sports betting in Illinois. If you live in a state where sports betting is already legal, it might be a good season to put a few bucks down on a futures bet for the Bears to win it all.

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