The Chicago Bears had a busy offseason. It was an eventful offseason. It was an offseason that unequivocally can be described as one that resulted in several roster upgrades.
Ryan Pace traded for Nick Foles. At worst, he'll be the kind of game-manager needed to complement a championship-caliber defense. Pace signed Robert Quinn, whose ability as a double-digit sack-artist is lightyears beyond anything Leonard Floyd managed to accomplish during his four unproductive seasons in Chicago. There was also the double-dip at tight end with the signing of Jimmy Graham and selection of Cole Kmet in the 2020 NFL draft. The combination of experience and youth should combine for a significant uptick in production at the position.
Three major problem areas that plagued the Bears in 2019 -- quarterback, pass-rush and tight end -- all addressed.
It should be a foregone conclusion, then, that the Bears will be favored over the 3-12-1 Lions in 2020's season opener, right?
Wrong. Chicago is an early road underdog (+1.5) to kick off the season.
To be fair, home teams are usually given a three-point benefit of the doubt. The fact the point spread is this close means the experts in Las Vegas think the Bears are likely to win the game. But it's still surprising to see such a tight spread considering the different places these rosters are in.
Detroit didn't land the third overall pick in the 2020 draft by accident. They were a terrible team in 2019 and they haven't done all that much to suggest 2020 will be markedly better. Hey, maybe adding former Bear Nick Williams in free agency will change the Lions' fortunes.
The only way the Bears lose in Week 1 is if Mitch Trubisky is the starting quarterback and he plays the way he did last year. The only way Trubisky will be behind center, however, is if he proves in training camp that he's an improved player. Otherwise, it'll be Foles. And he'll do enough to lead Chicago to a victory in Week 1 over the Lions by 10 points or more. Book it.