Oddsmakers have weighed in on the Bears quarterback controversy, placing 2-to-3 odds that Mike Glennon will start Week 1, according to SportsBettingDime.com. The rookie Mitch Trubisky is slightly behind him at 3-to-2 odds to begin the season.
With the Bears playing down any talk of a controversy, oddsmakers — and many fans — see otherwise. Oddsmakers see Trubisky starting around half the games for the Bears, setting the over/under at 8.5 games with the rookie starting.
Overall, there’s not much optimism for the Bears. SportsBettingDime.com places 12-to-1 odds that the team makes the playoffs, which is 14th out of 16 NFC teams. And they have an over/under on their 2018 draft position at 5.5, which is slightly lower than the third spot they were in before trading up to No. 2 to draft Trubisky.
Coach John Fox, whose job could be on the line with another poor, has 11-to-1 odds that he might be fired by Jan. 1, 2018. But at 45-to-1, oddsmakers don’t predict imminent firing, they have 10 coaches ahead of him as the first coach to be fired. The Jets coach Todd Bowles tops that list (5-to-1), followed by the Lions’ Jim Caldwell (6-to-1).
For the optimistic Bears fans, Trubisky is the co-leader with the Texans’ Deshaun Watson at (5-to-2 odds) as the rookie quarterback to throw the most touchdown passes.
And Super Bowl, Super Bears? A long shot at best — the team has 150-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl LII in February.