When it comes to sports betting, moderation is key. Football isn’t going anywhere for five months, and these Super Bowl, NFC North, MVP and Defensive Player of the Year odds will all still be available next week — possibly with increased value.
You shouldn't force any Bears wager because you want to root for your team. With the proliferation of sports gambling and a legal book just 15 miles from Soldier Field, your options will seem endless this season. The division odds have the beloved, the Packers and Vikings all at 2-to-1, with no real value. So stay patient, and the perfect opportunity could arise heading into a soft portion of the schedule. The best time to get down on the Super Bowl for any team is after a loss or two.
Outside of that, there are also player props to consider. And there are a few with the Bears that seem to offer an edge as the season opener awaits Thursday. Let's take a look.
A rookie out of Iowa State, Montgomery will be the lead back, but how will coach Matt Nagy divvy up the workload between him, Mike Davis, Tarik Cohen and Cordarrelle Patterson? Montgomery playing in one preseason game gives us the information we need. He won't get 250 carries like Jordan Howard, but he’ll be more efficient. Hitting 766 rushing yards would’ve ranked 23rd in the NFL in 2018, making me comfortable to pay the juice for the over.
The Bears' top wideout, Robinson fell 96 yards shy of the 850 mark in his first year off the ACL injury and in a new offense led by Nagy. However, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic for an over bet. Robinson came close to this mark even after being sidelined for three games last season. He averaged nine targets per game over the Bears' final five games, including 13 targets in a wild-card round loss to the Eagles in January. If Robinson stays healthy, this is an easy over.
Gabriel had six or more catches in one-quarter of the regular-season slate, and that won’t happen again unless the Bears are dealing with injuries. There are just too many mouths to feed — an increased workload for Robinson and possibly Cohen in the passing game, along with the additions of Montgomery and Patterson. Someone's looks will decrease, and Gabriel pops as a prime candidate.
I’ll be back on a weekly basis looking at the Bears from a betting angle. Best of luck!