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Clear Favorite Emerging in Odds to Be Bears' Starting QB for Week 1

Zach Brunner
Nick Foles is the odds-on favorite to start for the Bears in Week 1.
Nick Foles is the odds-on favorite to start for the Bears in Week 1. / James Gilbert/Getty Images
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The Chicago Bears just completed their draft class and feel good at making another run at contending in the NFC. Last season, the Bears were viewed as a team that were a quarterback away from being truly feared. Now, they have a quarterback competition that former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is expected to win (-150), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Bears' recent starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been the target of critics since the day he was drafted, with many believing he was taken too high. His 2.3 percent interception rate and 3.8 percent touchdown rate over his career has proved doubters right. However, could a true completion in training camp bring the best out of him? Currently, he is given +117 odds to be the starter in Week 1.

Foles received a huge contract from the Jacksonville Jaguars, only to get injured in Week 1 last season. Of course, the injury opened the door for sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew to bring some excitement to the team, and he looked good enough for the Jaguars to commit to him over Foles going forward. Ultimately, this led to the trade to Chicago, where he will compete for the job.

He was unimpressive in Jacksonville last season, passing for 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in four games. More importantly, his team went winless in his four starts.

Foles will look to bring some of that postseason magic to the Bear' regular season. It seems Chicago only needs a quarterback capable of being a game manager, with how terrific their defense is expected to be. No matter the starter, competition typically brings the best out of players, so Bears fans have a right to be optimistic about 2020.


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