The Duel

Bears' Odds to Make Playoffs Look Slim Following the 2020 NFL Draft

Zach Brunner
Odds point to the Bears missing the playoffs again.
Odds point to the Bears missing the playoffs again. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images
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The Chicago Bears had a disappointing 2019 season, coming up short when they were initially projected to be contenders in the NFC. After trading for quarterback Nick Foles, their expectations to win now are again high, but the odds suggest another face plant.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Bears have +158 to make the playoffs. Their odds to miss the postseason are -194, which would mean they miss in back-to-back seasons after a disappointing "Double-Doink" exit.

For much of the franchise's history, the Bears have had a terrific defense. While we often think of the terrific 1985 defense, the 2020 "Monsters of the Midway" are no slouches, headlined by pass-rush specialist Khalil Mack.

Unfortunately, Chicago's franchise history has also been known for weak quarterback play, even on Super Bowl teams. Last season, the Bears were again seen as a team that was a quarterback away from contending.

To combat this, the Bears traded for Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in order to create a quarterback competition in Training Camp. While it theoretically should bring the best out of both Foles and Mitch Trubisky, as most competition does, many wonder if the best from either quarterback will be enough.

Trubisky has not shown any semblance of consistency since being drafted second overall by Chicago in 2017. While Foles is a former Super Bowl MVP, he has only looked good in an Eagles uniform. Most recently, he led the Jacksonville Jaguars to an 0-4 record, while getting outplayed by a sixth-round rookie.

While the Bears may be a quarterback away from making the playoffs, like many think, it's easy to see a scenario where they could be in the same scenario again this season, despite trading for a veteran in the offseason.


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