Apparently the NFL oddsmakers didn't talk to Alshon Jeffery when they set their Super Bowl LII odds.
Bovada released its initial Super Bowl LII odds one day after the Patriots' historic comeback in Houston over the Falcons, and the Bears are listed at 100:1 to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy next year in Minnesota. Only the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns (150:1) have worse odds.
The long odds are certainly warranted considering the Bears went 3-13 last season and haven't had a winning season since 2012. In fact, the Bears haven't been above .500 at any point in the season since Week 3 of the 2014 season.
The team with the worst record to win the Super Bowl the following year was the 1999 Rams, who went 4-12 (in 1998) before winning Super Bowl XXXIV the following season.
Don't tell any of this to Jeffery, who told this to reporters after the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings: "I guarantee you we are going to win the Super Bowl next year."
If you believe in Jeffery (who will be a free agent this offseason) you can make a pretty penny on the Bears right now. The better bet is to save your money and let the rebuilding process begin at Halas Hall. Last year the Bears were 40:1 to win Super Bowl LI.
Check out the rest of the odds below:
New England Patriots: 5/1
Dallas Cowboys: 9/1
Green Bay Packers: 9/1
Pittsburgh Steelers: 12/1
Atlanta Falcons: 14/1
Denver Broncos: 16/1
Minnesota Vikings: 16/1
Oakland Raiders: 16/1
Seattle Seahawks: 16/1
Carolina Panthers: 25/1
Indianapolis Colts: 25/1
Kansas City Chiefs: 25/1
New York Giants: 25/1
Arizona Cardinals: 33/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 33/1
Baltimore Ravens: 40/1
Detroit Lions: 40/1
Houston Texans: 40/1
Cincinnati Bengals: 50/1
Miami Dolphins: 50/1
New Orleans Saints: 50/1
Philadelphia Eagles: 50/1
Tennessee Titans: 50/1
Washington Redskins: 50/1
Buffalo Bills: 66/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 66/1
Los Angeles Chargers: 66/1
Los Angeles Rams: 75/1
New York Jets: 75/1
Chicago Bears: 100/1
Cleveland Browns: 150/1
San Francisco 49ers: 150/1
The Bears 2020 offseason feels like it's been underway for a while, but the reality is it's just getting started. The fun gets underway in March when unrestricted free agency kicks off, followed by the 2020 NFL Draft – when GM Ryan Pace will try to flip Chicago's two second-round picks into potential starters for a team that isn't that far away from contending for a Super Bowl.
Here are the key dates to bookmark in your calendar for the Bears' offseason:
- Feb. 24-March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
- Feb. 25 – Ryan Pace/Matt Nagy meet with media at NFL Combine
- Feb. 24 – March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
- March 18 – Free agency and new league year begins
- April 7 – Ed Block Courage Award presentation
- April 20 – Bears may begin offseason workout programs
- April 21 – Brian Piccolo Awards presented to rookie and veteran
- April 21 – Ryan Pace will speak with the media ahead of NFL Draft
- April 23-25 – 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas
- May 8-10 – Bears rookie minicamp at Halas Hall
- May 16 – Bears Care Gala at Soldier Field
- May 27 – May 29 – OTA practices
- June 2-4 – OTA practices
- June 8 – 11 – OTA practices
- June 16-18 – Mandatory full-squad minicamp
The NFL offseason is gearing up this winter, with trade and salary rumors running rampant among analysts and fans. Bears GM Ryan Pace has his work cut out for him, with a decently sized to-do list before the 2020 season, including finding competition under center for QB Mitch Trubisky. From Tom Brady to Philip Rivers, there are plenty of quarterback options, but one player may be too expensive for the Bears.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Saints’ QB Teddy Bridgewater is expected to rake in big money in free agency. With a projected salary to the tune of $30 million per year, Bridgewater could land a lucrative deal.
It makes some sense Bridgewater could come with such a hefty price tag. He earned above-average rankings in adjusted yards per attempt (15th), QB Rating (11th), TD Rate (13th) and completion rate (6th) among 38 QBs to start at least five games in 2019. If Drew Brees decides to keep playing, the Saints will have to choose between Bridgewater and Taysom Hill as their backup.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer previously reported if Brees were to retire, the Saints viewed Hill as their new franchise quarterback, leaving Bridgewater free to explore other options.
It has yet to be seen how Brees and the Saints will proceed, but it’s certainly a reality check to see how expensive the QB market will be this offseason.
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