The oddsmakers in Las Vegas don’t think the Bears 2018 season was a fluke.
It took them a while to come around on Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky during the regular season, but a 12-4 finish and the NFC North crown was enough to earn them national respect heading into 2019.
Chicago is expected to enter next season as a legitimate contender. The early odds for the 2020 Super Bowl at multiple sportsbooks have the Bears in the top five.
The offshore site Bet Online has them tied with the New England Patriots and New Orleans for the third-best odds, behind the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams.
Early odds to win Super Bowl LIV (BetOnline):— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) January 16, 2019
Super Book USA in Las Vegas is slightly less optimistic, giving Chicago 12-to-1 odds that are tied for fifth with the Los Angeles Chargers.
At this time last year, Super Book USA gave the Bears the lowest odds in the NFL for the 2019 Super Bowl at 100-to-1.
NFL 2019 Super Bowl (continued)— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) January 8, 2018
The team came a long way in Nagy’s first season, and expectations are already much higher for year two.