|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL As we head into Wildcard Weekend, and the first week of the NFL post season let’s take a look at one of the strongest, most consistent teams in the NFC, the leader in fact, in the NFC North, the Chicago Bears. Da Bears! They are coming into the playoffs with a solid 11-5 record from the regular season, although they did finish out Week 17 with a loss at Green Bay, final score 3-10 Packers. Odds makers are confident about this year’s Bears squad, and if the preseason is any indicator the team will be undervalued in the odds going into post. They were ranked below both the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings in the preseason, but those who bet on the NFL hopefully didn’t stick too closely to those odds as the Bears won the NFC North and the number 2 seed in the NFC playoffs with a first round bye week.
The Bears listed in the odds as the plus 1200 underdogs to win the Super Bowl 45.
The team right now much resembles the 2006 Super Bowl Bears, with a 21st ranked record in scoring and a second ranked defense for rushed yards with 90.1. Their defense tied for fifth in interceptions with 21 and fumble recoveries at 14. Chicago went 7-2 over its last nine games and the key was their commitment to the running game. QB Jay Cutler threw for 3,274 yards with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has been outstanding over the last 9 games, and has even taken down the man himself, Michael Vick going 66.7 percent of passes completed with 247 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Cutler has missed the last four playoffs, and claims they were too painful to watch, but this time he is prepping hard for their big home game against the reigning Super Bowl champs the New Orleans Saints on January 16th. When betting on the Super Bowl it may be interesting to know that Jay Cutler actually has less interceptions than Drew Brees who has 22 total. Maybe he is a bit undervalued but there is no doubt that he will be a hard man to predict as he has no experience dealing with the playoff pressure.