Bears are Being Disrespected by 2020 NFL Season Win Total After Finishing 8-8 Last Season

Jason Schandl
The Chicago Bears are being disrespected by their projected 2020 win total based on NFL odds.
The Chicago Bears are being disrespected by their projected 2020 win total based on NFL odds. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Chicago Bears fans have to be disappointed with how the 2019 NFL season ended. They boasted one of the best defenses in the league, but offensive struggles held them to an 8-8 record, finishing third in the NFC North.

Despite making some offseason moves, including bringing in quarterback Nick Foles, the Bears are being projected for 8 wins again in 2020, with a win total over/under set at 8.0 on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Even slight improvements on the offensive side of the ball could be enough to elevate this team into playoff contention. The Bears have finished in the top-10 (first and eighth) in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric in each of the last two seasons, and in 2019 they were held back by a 25th-ranked offense.

To showcase how much of an impact improving the offense could have, four teams had a top-10 defense with an offense ranking 16th or better, and that group all won between 9 and 13 games in the regular season.

With a potential upgrade at QB, David Montgomery entering his second NFL season and two second-round picks at their disposal, a modest upgrade to simply "passable" shouldn't be too much to ask of this offense.

With that in mind, there's no way the Bears' win total should be sitting this low for the 2020 season, and Bears fans have every right to feel disrespected.

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