The Chicago Bears had a rollercoaster of a regular season. They started 5-1, lost six straight, then won three of their last four to squeak into the playoffs as the first No. 7 seed ever in the NFC. They’ll take on No. 2 seed New Orleans this Sunday at 4:40 p.m.
Now that they’re in the dance, there are many ways to bet on the Bears at legal online sportsbooks like FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook and PointsBet.
Every big NFL game these days has props for every key player and plenty of parlay options, so here are 10 ways you can get some action on the Bears in the playoffs.
10. Total touchdowns
Chicago’s offense caught fire down the stretch with David Montgomery piling up scrimmage yards and Allen Robinson routinely getting open for Mitch Trubisky. They averaged 39 PPG over their final five games this season. The Bears lost, 26-23, in OT at the Saints in Week 9 and have improved tremendously since then. Their team proposition to score Over 2.5 TDs against a tough Saints D is generating appealing +155 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.
9. First scoring play
The majority of NFL coaches will defer if they win the coin toss and Sean Payton could force the Bears to take the first possession. Chicago has only converted 50% of red zone possessions into TDs over the past three weeks so there is a chance they stall out in scoring position. If they do, Cairo Santos has made a franchise record 27 consecutive field goals and bettors can get +430 odds on his right leg producing the first points of the game.
8. Allen Robinson receptions
Even the Saints excellent secondary may have trouble stopping Robinson. He finished the season with the third-most targets (151) and fourth-most receptions (104) among WRs. The matchup isn’t ideal against Marshon Lattimore, but it’s easier than facing Jaire Alexander – who led the charge when the Packers contained A-Rob in Week 17. Taking the Over on his receptions proposition should work out with the Bears likely to play from behind.
7. Single game parlays
The Bears are healthy point underdogs in New Orleans and there is a chance that they could cover that number. FanDuel Sportsbook is offering good odds to parlay a Bears cover with the Over (+290) or the Under (+260) if you believe this game won’t get to the implied total of points.
6. Multiple game teaser
Take the Bears on an adjusted spread and create a “Teaser” by parlaying their result with other games on Wild Card weekend. For example, a Teaser with the Bears and Washington to cover should generate plus odds at top sportsbooks like DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM while generating line movement in their favor (Bears from +10 to +16). The bet would pay out as long as both teams covered a huge spread.
5. Point spread
The most popular bet for NFL games is on the point spread, and the Bears are listed at . Chicago is 7-6 against the spread when listed as an underdog this season.
If you believe the Bears can pull off the unlikely upset in New Orleans, the moneyline will generate great odds at any sportsbook. Chicago is on the moneyline.
3. Alternate point spread
Like the Bears to keep it close without winning? You can get plus odds by taking an alternate point spread such as the Bears +7 for +128 odds at DK.
2. Game Over/Under and team totals
The Saints have allowed 24.8 PPG at home this season and the Bears are scoring 24.8 PPG in road games. The implied total for this Wild Card game sits at 47.5 points due to an expectation that the Bears might struggle to score on the Saints elite defense. The Saints average 31.6 PPG at home and 30.1 PPG overall. You could bet on the Saints to go O/U at 28.5 points or the Bears to go O/U at 18.5 points.
1. First/Last team to score
The Bears don’t have to score often against the Saints for this bet to pay off. They’re getting +132 odds to score first and +145 odds to score last, which could occur in garbage time if the Saints create a huge lead and yield a late touchdown.