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Nick Foles-Mitch Trubisky frontrunner hinted at in new Vegas odds

Nick Foles-Mitch Trubisky frontrunner hinted at in new Vegas odds

Vegas always seems to know something we don't, which makes some recently-released odds from Caesar's Sportsbook all the more interesting. 

The book listed their odds for the NFL's 2020 Passing Yards leader, and while neither are given much of a chance, Vegas believes in Nick Foles (+6000) *way* more than it does Mitch Trubisky (+30000). Other QBs also listed at Foles' odds include Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold, and Gardiner Minshew. The only other QB listed at the same number that Trubisky is? That'd be Kyle Allen, who is the definitive backup in Washington (for now, at least).

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So, to recap: Vegas is not only buying in on Nick Foles being the definitive starter for the 2020 Bears, but they're also banking on the idea that Trubisky will continue to be one of, if not the, least effective QBs in football. 

And speaking of +6000, that's also where David Montgomery lands in the same books' odds for NFL rushing yards leader. Symmetry! 

Former Bears linebacker Mike Singletary reportedly leaves HS coaching job

Former Bears linebacker Mike Singletary reportedly leaves HS coaching job

Mike Singletary may be one of the best linebackers in NFL history, but his coaching career has not lived up to his playing days.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Singletary has stepped down from a high school coaching job in Texas after he led the team to a 1-21 record over two seasons.

According to the report, Singletary is going to focus on motivational speaking and consulting opportunities, instead of coaching football.

Singletary also coached in the Alliance of American Football for the Memphis Express in 2019, but he didn’t have much more success there. The Express went 2-6 in the lone AAF season.

As a head coach in the NFL, Singletary fared a bit better. His San Francisco 49ers went 18-22 from 2008-2010. He last coached in the NFL as defensive assistant for the Rams in 2016.

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Chicago Bears tabbed 'best value' bets for several NFL futures

Chicago Bears tabbed 'best value' bets for several NFL futures

Even though the Bears have fairly long odds to win the division, they’re being recognized as “best value” bets for several futures.

An overall regression in 2019, coupled with an upcoming quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles, soured oddsmakers on the team.

As things stand on Monday morning, the Bears have the third-longest odds to win the division at +400, putting them behind the Vikings and Packers at +165 and +170, respectively.

But you can find value in picking the Bears to win the division when you look at the win total over/under futures, as well.

Right now, the Bears sit at 7.5 wins, behind the Packers at 9 wins and Vikings at 8.5. With things projected to be so tight from a win total standpoint, the Bears have been recognized as a “best value” pick to win the NFC North since their defense can steal any game on the schedule, adding a win or two and propelling them to a division crown.

Using that same logic, the Bears have also been recognized with a “best value” pick to hit the over on their 7.5 win total.

There’s no reason to think the defense will take a step back from last season-- in fact by all accounts, the squad should improve again with Robert Quinn in the fold, and Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack fully healthy again.

While things may develop a little more slowly on the offensive side due to the aforementioned QB competition, any uptick in offensive production should help the team improve on their 8-8 record from last season, making it easy to see why taking the over on 7.5 wins feels like a great value bet.

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