Many of the top rated sportsbooks have already released future odds and win totals for the 2013 season. The Chicago Bears over / under for wins heading into this season is posted at 8.5, depending on your sports betting outlet. The Bears are also listed at (+4000) to win Super Bowl XLVII and (+1400) to win the NFC Championship.
The Bears may have made a change at head coach, but that was not the most glaring weakness for this team. That dubious label belonged to the offensive line. Quarterback Jay Cutler spent most of the year running for his life from opposing defenses.
The Bears had a questionable draft but they did get two lineman picking guard Kyle Long with the first overall pick and Jordan Mills, an offensive tackle, later in the draft. The Bears went to free agency to grab Jermon Bushrod who will start at left tackle on day one.
On defense the Bears parted with the face of the franchise as Brian Urlacher was released and eventually retired. DJ Williams was inked to a deal and he will join a few others as they try and fill the void on defense.
Here is a look at the schedule for this season:
Sun, Sep 8 Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Sun, Sep 15 Minnesota 1:00 PM
Sun, Sep 22 at Pittsburgh 8:30 PM
Sun, Sep 29 at Detroit 1:00 PM
Sun, Oct 6 New Orleans 1:00 PM
Thu, Oct 10 NY Giants 8:25 PM
Sun, Oct 20 at Washington 1:00 PM
Mon, Nov 4 at Green Bay 8:30 PM
Sun, Nov 10 Detroit 1:00 PM
Sun, Nov 17 Baltimore 1:00 PM
Sun, Nov 24 at St. Louis 1:00 PM
Sun, Dec 1 at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Mon, Dec 9 Dallas 8:30 PM
Sun, Dec 15 at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Sun, Dec 22 at Philadelphia 1:00 PM
Sun, Dec 29 Green Bay 1:00 PM
Chicago Bears Outlook: The Bears had a very impressive offseason by answering many of their needs. They should provide more protection and more weapons for Cutler. The Bears defense may have actually improved from the unit that ranked eighth in both passing and rushing yards allowed a year ago. If the team buys into the new coach, the sky is the limit this season and they should easily eclipse 8.5 wins.
NFL Pick: Chicago Bears Over 8.5 Wins
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