Chicago Bears 2022 Season Betting Guide

Chicago Bears 2022 Season Betting Guide

Written by on June 30, 2022

The Chicago Bears have an entirely new coaching staff and front office entering the 2022 NFL season, but they probably are going to be one of the worst teams in the league as the club is rebuilding around young quarterback Justin Fields. Let’s break it down for your favorite Odds.

  • Odds to win Super Bowl: +15000
  • Odds to win NFC: +6000
  • Odds to win NFC North: +1200
  • Over/under win total: 6.5

Chicago Bears 2022 NFL Season

Chicago finished 6-11 last year and ownership fired Coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace. Nagy was named NFL Coach of the Year after his first season in 2018, when he led the Bears to a 12-4 record and they reached the playoffs for the first time in eight years. He earned praise that season for his offensive wrinkles and humble disposition, but the Bears couldn’t sustain that success over the ensuing three seasons.

Nagy was never able to duplicate his first season, in part because the quarterback he inherited — Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 draft — never made the necessary improvement. Pace made one of the worst decisions in NFL history in trading up to the No. 2 spot in the 2017 draft to take Trubisky instead of Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson. Pace also traded for QB Nick Foles and traded for Andy Dalton. Dalton, then-rookie Justin Fields and Foles each started in 2021, but the Bears’ offense was listless, reaching 30 points just once in the season.

The new GM is Ryan Poles, who spent the previous 13 seasons working with the Chiefs as a player personnel assistant (2009), college scouting administrator (2010-12), college scouting coordinator (2013-16), director of college scouting (2017), assistant director of player personnel (2018-20) and executive director of player personnel (2021).

Poles hired Matt Eberflus as his head coach – yep, the Bears have a Ryan at GM and Matt at coach again. Eberflus spent the past four seasons as the Colts’ defensive coordinator under coach Frank Reich. His defenses finished in the top 10 in scoring three times, including being tied for ninth in 2021 at 21.5 points per game. Chicago also interviewed Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Colts and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell for the job.

Poles traded Chicago’s best defensive player this offseason, pass-rusher Khalil Mack, to the Los Angeles Chargers a 2022 second-round draft pick and a sixth-rounder in 2023. al, Los Angeles took on the entirety of Mack’s remaining salary: three years, $63.9 million. It’s a relatively small price to pay for a player who played at an elite level in every season except his last, which was marred by a foot injury that ended his year prematurely after just seven games and required surgery.

Arguably the team’s second-best defender, fellow pass-rusher Robert Quinn, is likely to be traded by the time the season starts. Quinn, coming off an 18.5-sack season he should command a decent return even at 32. Quinn, who initially said he was happy not to be moved in March, could be a major training camp storyline.

Chicago also lost its most accomplished receiver in Allen Robinson, who signed with the Rams. Robinson has been one of the most underappreciated receivers in the NFL for years. He carried the Chicago Bears’ offense, generating back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2019 and 2020. Robinson led all WRs with 21 games of 70-plus receiving yards during that span. He struggled last year along with the entire offense.

Darnell Mooney is the new No. 1 wideout for Fields, who is the future of the franchise. Mooney finished last year with 81 catches for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns, besting his rookie-year numbers across the board after he went 61-631-4 in year one. Mooney led the Bears in targets, catches, and yards.

Fields is the Bears’ unquestioned starter in Year 2, and he’s learning a different offense with a different coaching staff. But teammates say that despite the adjustment to the new playbook, he was more commanding as he led the offense in offseason practices.

“You just feel him in the huddle,” tight end Cole Kmet said. “He’s not just repeating the play, he’s telling you the play, and there’s a difference in that. That gives me confidence as a player out in the field. He’s talking to each guy. It’s not just a repeat-a-play, he’s telling us a play, which is a difference.”

It’s more likely the Bears finish with the NFL’s worst record in 2022 than they make the playoffs.

Bears Expert Prediction

  • 4-13 record, top-five pick in 2022 draft

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