Super Bowl bet respect remains low for the Bears due in large part to their inconsistent offense that may prove to be their downfall with the Super Bowl betting line.
Chicago opened at Sports Gambling as a +1200 choice to win the Super Bowl and as a +350 selection to win the NFC.
The Bears finished the season with a record of 11-5 straight up and 6-6-1 against the spread with 9 of their games going under the total. Chicago beat out Green Bay in the NFC North as the original odds to win 2011 Super Bowl favorite Minnesota collapsed and was never a factor.
Defense is what makes the Bears go as they ranked 9th overall in the NFL for total defense and an even more impressive 4th for points allowed.
Brian Urlacher returned with a vengeance after missing nearly all of 2009 with an injury. Urlacher finished as the top tackler on the Bears with 96 and also had 4 sacks and an interception with 2 fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Julius Peppers proved to be well worth the money that the Bears paid to sign him away from the Carolina Panthers as he tied for the lead in sacks for the Bears with 8 as Israel Idonije equaled that total as well.
Charles Tillman and Chris Harris proved to be dangerous to throw at as they each had 5 interceptions while DJ Moore was right behind with 4 picks on the season.
There is no getting around the fact that the Bears offense does not look to be an asset with the Super Bowl betting odds as they finished 30th overall in the NFL. On the positive quarterback Jay Cutler had his best QB rating since 2007 as he finished with an 86.3 mark with a much improved 23/16 touchdown to interception ratio and a career best 7.6 yards per attempt.
Matt Forte helped take some heat off Cutler as he rushed for a team best 1069 yards and a 4.5 yards per carry average with 6 TD’s.
Johnny Knox could be a threat as he had an 18.8 yards per catch average with 5 TD’s.
Kicker Robbie Gould is a potential Super Bowl bet asset as he was 25-30 on field goals.