Super Bowl 50 is complete and so is the 2015 NFL season, which means it's officially OK to look ahead at the 2016 season.
Bovada released their Super Bowl LI favorites and the Bears were given a 40/1 odds to capture the Lombardi Trophy.
The Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks top the list at 9/1. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers follow with a 12/1 odds.
The Bears finished 6-10 in John Fox's first year as head coach in an injury-plagued season.
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The Bears will head into 2016 without offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who signed a five-year contract to coach the Miami Dolphins, and move forward with Dowell Loggains. The Bears may also be without Matt Forte, whose future in Chicago is uncertain.
However, Jeremy Langford showed signs that he's ready to take on the starting role. In addition, the Bears will get Kevin White back, who sat out the entire season with a shin injury.
The offense seems to be in place for next season, but Ryan Pace & Co. may look to improve a defense that ranked 23rd against the pass and 11th against the run.
After seeing the Denver Broncos (16/1 odds) win Super Bowl 50 with a dominating defensive performance, CSNChicago.com Bears Insider John "Moon" Mullin says the templates to be a Super Bowl contender are there for the Bears.