2014 NFL Preview: Chicago Bears

Ryan Knuppel
Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears come into the 2014 season with very high hopes for the season. Chicago looks back at a season ago, and knows a couple key plays that not only separated them from 10-6 to their finished record at 8-8.

The Bears could have used a Robbie Gould field goal against the Minnesota Vikings, or just one more stop against the Green Bay Packers to reach the playoffs. Instead, Marc Trestman in his first season in Chicago settled for 8-8.

Vegas seems to be pretty optimistic on the upcoming Bears season as well. Let’s take a look at the 2014 Chicago Bears.

A Sneak Peak

Jay Cutler will once again be the main ingredient for the Chicago offense. A season ago with Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte aiding the way, Cutler tossed for over 2,600 years.

Defensively, Chicago was not very good a season ago, but have added veteran Jared Allen to the crew, and sent Julius Peppers on. Lamar Houston was also added to the defense, to make the ends a brand new combination in Chicago. Second year right offensive guard Kyle Long looks to improve upon his rookie season which saw definite up’s and downs.

Pre-Bye Schedule

Chicago starts the season with a winnable game at home against the Buffalo Bills. But following that, things immediately get tougher.

Chicago will play games at San Francisco, and then their first of six prime time games on Monday night at the New York Jets. In Week four, Chicago hosts Green Bay.

After week four, the Bears will have a pretty good idea where they are heading with those four games.

The next portion of the schedule starts with road games at Carolina and Atlanta, which both could be challenges for the Bears. Week 7 and 8 see AFC East foes, home against Miami and at New England.

That brings Chicago to their bye week.

Post-Bye Schedule

The second half of the season starts November 9th at Green Bay, followed by home games against Minnesota and Tampa Bay. Then, on November 27th, Thanksgiving Day, the Bears take on the Detroit Lions, in Detroit. The final four games for the Bears are against Dallas, New Orleans, Detroit and Minnesota. 

Many around Bears camp feel this team can win 10 games with the schedule they are up against.

Vegas Lines & Odds

According to most Vegas odds makers, the Chicago Bears are projected to win anywhere from 8-10 games. A total set at 8.5 seems ripe for the pickings at the over.

Regardless, the Chicago Bears have the potential to be a sleeper team for the 2014 Super Bowl.

Vegas currently has them at +2800 to win the Super Bowl, which is you are here to gamble is a pretty good bet. You can also find the Bears at +1800 to win the entire NFC. With Seattle, San Francisco and Green Bay in the mix, this will be tough, but certainly not a terrible bet.

Finally, the Bears to play against the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos has 64.5/1 odds. It may be worth a look. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was given 25/1 odds to win the Most Valuable Player award. It certainly makes sense, as a quarterback with weapons and a great arm.

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