Chicago now is a pick’em to win over 7.0 games this season, which is a major improvement from earlier this season. The Bears had previously been favored (-150) to go under 6.5 wins when Andy Dalton was still the team’s starting quarterback.
The Bears have deployed a run-heavy attack, even without David Montgomery, to help
Fields adjust to life in the NFL. The rookie’s first start against the Cleveland Browns was a disaster, but head coach Matt Nagy deserves some credit for putting Fields in a spot to succeed the past two weeks.
Now that Fields is the team’s starter for the foreseeable future, the Bears may have some serious upside at 3-2 with other NFC teams like the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers all losing in Week 5.
The Bears snuck into the postseason at 8-8 last season, and while they will likely need to win more than eight games this year, oddsmakers appear to be warming up to the idea of Fields getting Chicago closer to a 9-8 campaign.
The Bears defense is now eighth in the NFL in both yards and points allowed, which has helped it lean on the running game on offense. It’s a recipe that the Bears could ride to some success in matchups against some of the league’s better teams.
Chicago isn’t going to dethrone the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North, but with Fields completing 23 of 27 passes for 320 yards and one score over the past two weeks, the Bears can only hope that he gets better as the season progresses.
Odds to win the NFC North Division
- Green Bay Packers: -550
- Minnesota Vikings: +600
- Chicago Bears: +900
- Detroit Lions: +50000