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Bears vs. Dolphins inactives: Chicago will face Brock Osweiler with Ryan Tannehill out

Bears vs. Dolphins inactives: Chicago will face Brock Osweiler with Ryan Tannehill out

The Bears will face their fourth backup quarterback in only five games this season as they take on the Miami Dolphins.

Starter Ryan Tannehill was among the inactives for the game due to a shoulder injury. Former Denver Broncos quarterback pick Brock Osweiler will take his place, and former Bears sixth-round pick David Fales will be his backup.

The Dolphins will also be without star defensive end Cameron Wake, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.

On the other side, Chicago’s inactives list revealed a healthier Bears team than expected. Cornerback Prince Amukamara, rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller, and left guard Eric Kush are all active despite appearing on the injury report this week.

Cornerback Marcus Cooper is the only Bears player sidelined due to injury.

Seventh-round pick Javon Wims is back to being inactive after getting the bump up two weeks ago against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but outside linebacker Isaiah Irving is active now that Sam Acho is on injured reserve.

Close to a full-strength Chicago team is taking on a banged-up Dolphins team. This has the potential to go quite poorly for Miami.

Bears early Super Bowl odds

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Bears early Super Bowl odds

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.

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.

The team came a long way in Nagy’s first season, and expectations are already much higher for year two.

Matt Nagy named Head Coach of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America

Matt Nagy named Head Coach of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America

The awards have started pouring in for Matt Nagy. 

This afternoon, Pro Football Writers of America named Nagy their Head Coach of the Year:

It's a fitting award for Nagy, who led the Bears to a 12-4 record and their first NFC North division title since 2010. 

He wasn't the only coach on the 2018 Bears staff that won an award, though. Ex-defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was also named the Assistant Coach of the Year:

Fangio is of course now with the Denver Broncos, but it never hurts to leave town with a few extra awards in hand.