- Entering Week 1, the Bears were still longshots to win Super Bowl 53
- Chicago blew a 20-0 lead on Sunday Night Football to the Packers, losing 24-23
- But their odds to win Super Bowl 53 got significantly better …?
Khalil Mack was brought in to help shore up the Chicago Bears defense and put pressure on quarterbacks. More specifically one quarterback inside the NFC North, Aaron Rodgers.
The addition of Mack brought the Bears Super Bowl 53 odds up a little. Only eight days after being traded, Mack was given a chance to prove his worth against the man that the Bears organization brought him in to defend against.
Khalil Mack to DeShone Kizer (probably).
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 10, 2018
Mack was extremely disruptive all game, recording three tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and an interception that he took to the house for six.
And after the first half, we were ready to declare the Bears legitimate contenders for Super Bowl 53. But then Aaron Rodgers came back …
Despite the tough road loss, the Bears apparently showed online sports betting sites enough in Week 1 to receive dramatically shorter odds to win Super Bowl 53
Average Super Bowl 53 Odds for NFC North Teams
Entering Week 1, the Bears still sat as longshots with +7000 average odds to win Super Bowl 53, the longest in the NFC North. They now possess average odds of +3700, surpassing the Lions.
Though they still sit well behind the top contenders to hoist the Lombardi Trophy this season, the jump is certainly noteworthy.
Super Bowl 53 Odds
|New England Patriots||+600|
|Los Angeles Rams||+800|
|Green Bay Packers||+1000|
*To see odds for all 32 teams, follow the link in the table
Do the Bears Present Value in Super Bowl Futures?
The Chicago Bears showed that they are a team on the rise in Week 1. But they still have a lot of growing to do before they can be considered true Super Bowl contenders.
They had a tremendous first half, but squandered a golden opportunity to win on the road against a divisional rival. And we’re not sure which offense is closer to what the Bears will be this season: the first half offense that looked nearly unstoppable, or the one who couldn’t protect a 20-point lead with less than a half of football to be played?
Furthermore, they have to deal with the Packers one more time this season, and the Vikings twice. At +7000 they were intriguing at best. At +3700 they shouldn’t be touched.
Where is the Value in Super Bowl 53 Betting After Week 1?
After a crazy Week 1, the team that emerges with the best value in Super Bowl 53 betting is the Minnesota Vikings at +800.
The Vikings defense was the league’s best last year and didn’t appear to have lost a step against the 49ers on Sunday.
The addition of quarterback Kirk Cousins gives them a more reliable presence under center. And he has no shortage of weapons at his disposal.