The Chicago Bears are back to being who we thought they were a week after squeaking by the Texans. Justin Fields looked mildly better in the Bears’ 20-12 loss at New York, averaging 7.9 yards per attempt and throwing for a season-high 174 yards. Fields and the Bears will need to be much better if they hope to be competitive at Minnesota in Week 5.
This page serves as a one-stop shop for Chicago Bears odds and betting for the 2022 NFL season. You’ll find weekly previews, the best odds at US sportsbooks, and the latest Bears betting news.
Week 5 Preview: Bears at Vikings Spread, Total & Moneyline
The 2-2 Bears are underdogs at Minnesota in Week 5. The 3-1 Vikings are returning home from London, where they avoided overtime against a banged-up Saints team. Minnesota covered the 2.5-point spread that was available for much of the week but failed to cover the -4 closing number.
Back in his comfort zone of a 1 pm ET start, Kirk Cousins should be able to get more offense going than he did in London. But the Bears are still the Bears, leading to a low total of points.
The Bears opened at +230 on the moneyline at DraftKings with the Vikings at -275..
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Chicago Bears 2022 schedule and betting odds
|Week||Date||Opponent||Kickoff Time||Opening Odds||Closing Line||Final Score|
|Week 1||Sunday, Sept. 11||vs. San Francisco 49ers||1 p.m. ET||+6.5||+6.5||Bears 19, 49ers 10|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 18||at Green Bay Packers||8:20 p.m. ET||+8||+10.5||Packers 27, Bears 10|
|Week 3||Sunday, Sept. 25||vs. Houston Texans||1 p.m. ET||-3||-3||Bears 23, Texans 20|
|Week 4||Sunday, Oct. 2||at New York Giants||1 p.m. ET||+2.5|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 9||at Minnesota Vikings||1 p.m. ET||+4.5|
|Week 6||Thursday, Oct. 13||vs. Washington Commanders||8:15 p.m. ET||PK|
|Week 7||Monday, Oct. 24||at New England Patriots||8:15 p.m. ET||+5|
|Week 8||Sunday, Oct. 30||at Dallas Cowboys||1 p.m. ET||+7|
|Week 9||Sunday, Nov. 6||vs. Miami Dolphins||1 p.m. ET||+3|
|Week 10||Sunday, Nov. 13||vs. Detroit Lions||1 p.m. ET||-1.5|
|Week 11||Sunday, Nov. 20||at Atlanta Falcons||1 p.m. ET||PK|
|Week 12||Sunday, Nov. 27||at New York Jets||1 p.m. ET||+2|
|Week 13||Sunday, Dec. 4||vs. Green Bay Packers||1 p.m. ET||+4|
|Week 14||Sunday, Dec. 11||BYE||BYE|
|Week 15||Sunday, Dec. 18||vs. Philadelphia Eagles||1 p.m. ET||+2.5|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 25||vs. Buffalo Bills||1 p.m. ET||+7|
|Week 17||Sunday, Jan. 1||at Detroit Lions||1 p.m. ET||+1.5|
|Week 18||Saturday, Jan. 7 OR Sunday, Jan. 8||vs. Minnesota Vikings||TBD||+1.5|
Bears 2022 offseason moves
Key signings: CB Tavon Young, LB Nicholas Morrow, OL Lucas Patrick, EDGE Al-Quadin Muhammad, WR Byron Pringle, OT Riley Reiff
Re-signings: OL Sam Mustipher
Key losses: LB Khalil Mack, OG James Daniels, WR Allen Robinson, QB Andy Dalton, QB Nick Foles, OL Germain Ifedi
Key draft picks: CB Kyler Gordon, SAF Jaquan Brisker, WR Velus Jones Jr., OT Braxton Jones, OL Zachary Thomas, RB Trestan Ebner
How to bet on the Chicago Bears
The moneyline is the simplest of bets, decided by the straight-up winner and loser of each game. Consider the following example:
- Bears -185
- Panthers +310
The Bears are considered heavy favorites in this matchup (indicated by -185), requiring a $185 bet to win $100 (plus the initial bet back). The Panthers are the underdog in this matchup, paying out $410 total for a $100 bet ($310 in winnings). How much either team wins or loses by does not matter in moneyline betting, the payout remains the same.
Betting on the point spread is determinant on how many points a team wins or loses by. Take the following example:
- Bears -2.5 (-110)
- Vikings +2.5 (-110)
In this example, Chicago is favored by 2.5 points, indicated by “-2.5.” If the Bears win the game 23-20, the Bears (-2.5) win the bet and would have a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in profit). If the Vikings keep the game within three and lose 23-21, the Vikings (+2.5) would win, and the payout would be the same as listed above.
Point total (over/under)
The point total refers to the over/under line set by books. This number projects the total number of points scored in a game and, like prop betting, is bet whether one thinks the score will go over or under the set point total. For example, the Bears’ projected point total in their Week 2 matchup with the New York Giants was just 39.5 points. The Bears won that matchup 17-13, resulting in 30 total points. Those who bet under the point total could have cashed out.
The Bears fielded another still defense in 2020 and their offense was marred by quarterback controversy. Because of this, Chicago’s games usually had low point totals, ranging anywhere from 40 to 45 points and not usually more. Barring the Bears landing a big playmaker at quarterback, their point totals will continue to be low moving into 2021.
In-play and live betting
Sometimes, the most thrilling and rewarding bets are bets made while games are being played. These are referred to as live bets or in-play bets. Odds are ever-changing during games, which would prove to be fruitful for sharp and prepared bettors. For example, if the Bears (-225) were heavily favored against the Jaguars (+190) before kickoff, a payout on a $10 bet on the Bears to win would win just $4.44.
However, say the Bears fell to a big 21-3 deficit in the first half despite controlling the overall game (due to a costly turnover or special teams gaffe). Odds may swing in favor of the Jaguars, who may be a -110 favorite at halftime. Taking the Bears to come back and win the game could present plus-odds (say, +130). Should a bettor take Chicago (+130) at halftime and the Bears pull off the comeback, winners would win $13 instead of $4.44 (plus the initial $10 bet).
This could also be an effective way to “hedge” your bet; say a bettor took the Jaguars(+190) in that game, but Chicago jumps out to a 13-0 first quarter lead and is controlling the overall feel of the game, bettors could hedge by throwing some money down on Chicago (-270) to return some of the inevitably-lost bet.
Parlays and teasers
You can always string bets together in the form of parlays or teasers. Usually during busy Sundays, bettors can parlay several teams to win or cover against the spread and if all bets are successful, the payouts are multiplied. Teasers function similarly, except they allow bettors to move each point spread to a more favorable line in exchange for diminished odds.
Futures are long-term bets that can range from an offseason to a full season (or beyond). Team win totals, award winners, and player performance are common futures.
Bears 2021 recap
Record: 6-11, Third in NFC North
Record ATS: 6-11
Over/under record: 7-10
Another frustrating year felt like one year too many under Matt Nagy. Ownership felt so, too, as they canned Nagy shortly after the season ended. The coaching staff wrestled with their QB situation: start Justin Fields? Start the veteran Andy Dalton? Neither seemed to be the correct answer, but Fields wasn’t given a full offseason of prepping to be the team’s starter, giving him a massive disadvantage. Under the franchise tag, Allen Robinson was rendered completely ineffective while the Bears’ defense didn’t do enough to win games. A frustrating season is well in the books.
Where can I bet on sports in Illinois?
Illinois sports betting was one of the first in the nation, and there many options to get a bet down on the Chicago Bears or any other NFL team. Here’s a list of legal sportsbook options in Illinois: