With NFL training camp getting underway this week, the 2021 NFL season is just around the corner. While there’s still more than a month to go until the season opener, it’s never too early to start making bets on the upcoming campaign.
Bears Prop Bets 2021: Best Chicago Odds + Betting Picks
Bears Prop Bets 2021: Team Bet Picks
Chicago Bears To Make Playoffs (+190)
Wager: 1 unit
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Despite going 8-8 last year, the Bears still finished second in their division and made the playoffs as a Wild Card team. With a much-improved quarterback situation, Chicago should be significantly better this year. That’s been the missing factor there for a while, but now they have the pieces in place and look like a legit playoff contender.
While Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will be tough to overtake in the NFC North, the Bears project to be the second-best team in their division and are certainly capable of snagging another Wild Card berth this year.
Chicago Bears Over 7.5 Regular-Season Wins (+100)
Wager: 1 unit
As mentioned, the Bears won eight games last year despite their issues under center. With those potentially rectified, an 8-10 win season is certainly doable, especially with an extra game on the schedule.
With a solid defense and improving offense, Chicago will be very competitive this year. The Bears are going to play close, low-scoring games for the most part, but they have enough talent on both sides of the ball to win more than they lose.
Bears Prop Bets 2021: Player Bet Picks
Justin Fields To Take Bears’ 1st Snap In Regular Season: No (-450)
Wager: 4.5 units
It’s not juicy, but it’ll do. Fields was drafted by Chicago with the 11th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft after the Bears traded up to get their franchise quarterback. The Ohio State product is expected to invigorate an organization that has lacked consistent quarterback play in recent years, especially last season when Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles were running the show.
But before drafting Fields, Chicago signed Andy Dalton to a one-year, $10 million deal that could reach $13 million thanks to incentives. Part of the agreement was that Dalton would begin the season as the Bears’ starting quarterback, which is expected to hold true even with Fields on board.
As long as Dalton stays healthy through training camp and preseason action, he’ll likely be Chicago’s Week 1 starter. It’s not a 100% lock, though, which is why I only put enough money down to make one unit. Don’t wager anything more in case a freak injury happens and Fields ends up starting, especially given Dalton’s age (33).
David Montgomery Over 1,000.5 Rushing Yards (+100)
Wager: 1 unit
Last season, Montgomery finished with 247 attempts and 1,070 yards in 15 games. He also scored 10 total touchdowns, including eight on the ground. Much of his production came down the stretch, as he rushed for 598 yards and scored eight touchdowns over his final six games.
While the volume has been there for Montgomery over his first two seasons, efficiency has not. He’s averaged just 4.0 yards per carry for his career on 489 total carries.
The Bears are hoping that better quarterback production will help open up some holes for Montgomery, as opposing units will have to defend the pass more seriously. Better signal-calling would result in more favorable game scripts for Chicago as well, enabling them to continue running the ball. Montgomery will also have an extra game on the schedule to boost his rushing totals
On top of all that, the Bears have four of their five offensive linemen returning this season, which should also help the run game. With Montgomery set to remain Chicago’s bell cow following his strong finish to 2020, he should have no problem exceeding 1,000 rushing yards again as long as he stays healthy.