Chicago Bears NFL Prediction: 2021 Season Betting Odds and Preview

Andrew Rogers | Updated Sep 01, 2021

The most notable move Chicago made in the offseason came at the draft, when it selected its quarterback of the future in Ohio State standout Justin Fields.

The Chicago Bears took fans and bettors on a wild ride last season en route to a ho-hun 8-8 finish. And while the roster looks measurably different than it did in 2020, are the changes the Bears made this past offseason enough to move them into division title contention? We’re here to answer that question as we break down the Bears’ 2021 futures odds.

Veteran Additions

QB Andy Dalton, RB Damien Williams, TE Jesse James, OT Elijah Wilkinson, DT Angelo Blackson, OLB Jerry Attaochu, LB Christian Jones, CB Desmond Trufant

Notable Draft Picks

QB Justin Fields, OT Teven Jenkins

Offseason Losses

QB Mitchell Trubisky, WR Anthony Miller, OT Charles Leno, OT Bobby Massie, DT Roy Robertson-Harris, DT Brent Urban, DT John Jenkins, OLB Barkevious Mingo, CB Kyle Fuller, CB Artie Burns, CB Buster Skrine, S Tashaun Gipson, KR Cordarrelle Patterson

Chicago Bears Acquisitions and Moves

The most notable move Chicago made in the offseason came at the draft, when it selected its quarterback of the future in Ohio State standout Justin Fields. And while he’ll be holding the clipboard in Week 1 behind presumptive starter Andy Dalton, many believe it’s just a matter of time before the two-way threat is making waves as a rookie.

The rest of the Chicago offence has plenty of potential, but there’s also a fragility to it that could spell disaster if things don’t go right. Running back David Montgomery had a breakout 2020 season, but questions remain about his ability as a two-way threat. And the receiving corps is thin behind No. 1 Allen Robinson (though Darnell Mooney looks like a solid No. 2 option).

The real struggle for the Bears will likely come from a patchwork secondary that lost superstar Kyle Fuller and failed to replace him with anyone capable of matching his production. Desmond Trufant can only be better in 2021 after looking overmatched last season, and the Bears hope a change of scenery for first-round dud Artie Burns will invigorate his career.

The offensive and defensive lines both added talent in the offseason, though the Bears’ O-line remains one of the team’s weak spots overall.

Chicago Bears 2021 NFL Schedule

If the Bears are going to make good on their division title (or even their playoff) odds, they’ll need to make plenty of hay in their divisional games – because their non-divisional schedule is going to be a tough one.

Chicago has drawn the brutal NFC West this year, with road games against the Rams and Seahawks and home dates with the 49ers and Cardinals. They also have tough road dates in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, along with a visit to the Super Bowl-champion Tampa Bay Bucs. And in a weird schedule quirk, Chicago will never play consecutive home or road games all season.

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 12 @ Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m.

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 19 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 26 @ Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 10 @ Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 24 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 31 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m.

Week 9: Monday, Nov. 8 @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m.

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 25 @ Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 5 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12 @ Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 15: Monday, Dec. 20 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:15 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 28 @ Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2 vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Chicago Bears NFL Betting Odds

NFL 21/22

To Reach the Super Bowl - Chicago Bears
  • No -9524
  • Yes +8400

The Bears are +500 to win the NFC North and a massive +2636 longshot to reach the Super Bowl – but if you’re looking for a chance to turn a $100 bet into $1 in profit, you can take them to fall short of reaching the NFL title game at -10000.

2021 NFC North

  • Green Bay Packers -143
  • Minnesota Vikings +210
  • Chicago Bears +440
  • Detroit Lions +2000

The Bears’ win total for the 2021 season is pegged at 7.5, with the Under installed at -121 and the Over sitting at -106. Lastly, Chicago is set at -250 to miss the postseason and +199 to reach the NFC playoffs.

Chicago Bears 2021 Season Prediction

There are simply too many question marks with this roster to trust the Bears to do anything other than sneak into a playoff spot – and even that feels like a tall order given the strength of the Packers’ and Vikings’ rosters and the difficult schedule the Bears face.

We like the Under on the win total as Chicago goes through some growing pains in its first year with Fields at centre.