For a team that rushes right up to the brink of the seven-win mark by the beginning of November year after year, it’s hard not to be at least a little bit intrigued by the Chicago Bears getting a 2013 NFL season win total of 8.5, according to RJ Bell of Pregame.com.
Of course, how these hot starts have tapered off into playoff-less seasons are why the line is set at a just-on-the-outside-looking in mark of 8.5, close but no cigar in most years; and with the NFC growing in strength overall in recent years this could easily fall 1.5 or even 2.5 games short of a bid this season.
What I also found interesting is seeing that the Bears are getting +350 at some venues for the NFC North division title odds, good for second-most favored behind the Green Bay Packers at -175. So, the Bears are getting some respect in leapfrogging the Minnesota Vikings — who made the playoffs over Chicago in 2012 — and the Detroit Lions — who made it over them in 2011.
When it comes to the overall NFC totem pole, the Bears sit on the outside in Vegas’ eyes for 2013 as well. Bell’s newsletter lists the Bears at 35-to-1 odds to win the upcoming Super Bowl, which is only good for seventh in the conference. Still, the fact that the Bears are rated as on the fringe after two consecutive years of utter collapses does show some respect for the personnel they have led by the likes of Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.
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