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
If not for upset Colts fans following the retirement of Andrew Luck, the Twitter mentions of Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit would be a war zone of angry Bears fans who read his NFL predictions for the 2019 season.
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In the latest print edition of the magazine, Benoit projects Chicago to finish 7-9 this year — last in the NFC North.
His NFL predictions don’t have a web version as of yet, but he sees the Minnesota Vikings winning the division and taking the No. 3 seed in the playoffs at 11-5. The Green Bay Packers finish second at 10-6 with a wildcard spot, and even the Detroit Lions end up ahead of the Bears at 9-7.
Benoit’s analysis is based on expecting a step back from Chicago’s defense that led the NFL in 2018. He also foresees “mixed results” from Mitchell Trubisky during his second season in Matt Nagy’s offense.
Benoit ranks the Bears quarterback, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends all outside of the top 20 position groups in the NFL, with the offensive line ranking 10th. He still likes the front seven as the best unit in the league, but he sees the secondary as average at No. 17.
He’s not the first analyst to forecast regression for the Bears this season, but not many have gone as far to put them at the bottom of the division after last year’s 12-4 breakout.
The pitchforks and torches may fly off the shelves faster than Sports Illustrated magazines in Chicago this week.
The entire NFL is still reeling from the Andrew Luck’s bombshell decision to retire from football.
The story that overshadowed the Bears third preseason game in Indianapolis has the whole league reacting to the bold move from one of the most talented quarterbacks in the game.
Former Colts head coach and current Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano issued a statement Sunday on the player he drafted No. 1 overall in 2012.
“Our friendship extends well beyond player-coach and I wish him, his beautiful wife Nicole and their growing family nothing but the best,” Pagano said. “I will forever be a huge Andrew Luck fan.”
Pagano and Luck combined to go 43-27 over five seasons together. The head coach saw his quarterback through abdomen and shoulder injuries that eventually cost him the entire 2017 season and led to Pagano’s departure.
Luck, of course, was by his coach’s side when he battled Leukemia in 2012.
The quarterback’s retirement ultimately comes down to his health, and Pagano knows better than anyone how Luck battled through issues the last seven years.