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Vegas predicts Bears take slight step back in 2019 win total

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Vegas predicts Bears take slight step back in 2019 win total

Apparently, it’s never too early to start betting on the NFL.

Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology unveiled their win total predictions for all 32 teams next season, and they see a tougher road ahead for the Bears in 2019.

The over/under on next season for Chicago is 9.5 wins, tied for the sixth-highest in the league.

Vegas has the Bears a half game ahead of the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings at the top of the division (nine wins each), while the Detroit Lions bring up the rear at seven wins.

Last year, Mitchell Trubisky and company opened up with a 6.5 win total, which increased to 7.5 before the season started because the Bears traded for some guy named Mack.

After winning the NFC North with a 12-4 record, their win total prediction was sure to improve, but Vegas doesn’t quite see them having the same breakout year in Matt Nagy’s second season.

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Under Center Podcast: Checking in on the Lions with ESPN’s Mike Rothstein

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Under Center Podcast: Checking in on the Lions with ESPN’s Mike Rothstein

JJ Stankevitz is joined by ESPN Lions reporter Mike Rothstein to dive into how close Detroit is to cleaning house (1:00), expectations for Matthew Stafford (5:50) and T.J. Hockenson (10:00), what new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s scheme looks like (13:45), where the Lions are strongest and weakest on defense (16:50) and if this team actually respects Matt Patricia (22:20).

Plus, Mike discusses the story he co-wrote on the rise and fall of the AAF and what it would take for a spring football league to succeed (26:10).

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Bears rookie WR Riley Ridley motivated by older brother, family name

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Bears rookie WR Riley Ridley motivated by older brother, family name

Bears fourth-round pick Riley Ridley knew what to expect coming into the NFL thanks to his older brother Calvin, the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver.

Their family bond kept them close even as they played for rival colleges and now competing professional teams, and they both take a lot of motivation from the name on the back of their jerseys.

The two receivers came together on camera for the Bears’ “Meet the Rookies” series.

“We do what we do, not just for the family, but for our name, our brand,” Riley Ridley said. “We want to take that as far as it can go. That Ridley name is strong, and that’s how we view it.”

Ridley opened up about growing up with his mother raising him and his three brothers. He said he’s going to be his own biggest critic and do everything he can to help his teammates.

His brother Calvin added some color to the image of Riley that’s starting to take shape.

“Very funny, really cool, laid back,” Calvin Ridley said. “He’s a different person on the field. I would say he has a lot of anger on the field — very physical.”

Matt Nagy should find good use for that physicality in the Bears offense, plugging Ridley in a wide receiver group already deep with young talent.

Ridley doesn’t seem like the type of player who will allow himself to get buried on the depth chart.