Buffalo’s regular-season visits to Chicago haven’t gone much better for the Bills. Their fist trip to Soldier Field was on Nov. 13, 1970, and the Bears drilled the Bills 31-13, establishing a trend that would continue. The Bears are 5-1 all-time at home against the Bills in regular-season play. Buffalo needed to work overtime for its lone win at Chicago, a 23-20 OT decision on Sept. 7, 2014 that ended Chicago’s five-game home-field winning streak over Buffalo.
This game is one of two Bills-Bears games on the 2018 NFL slate. Chicago travels to Buffalo for a Week Nine regular-season clash on Nov. 4. The Bears are 1-4 against the Bills in Buffalo, but at neutral sites and in foreign countries, Chicago is unbeaten against Buffalo. The Bears won preseason games over the Bills at Notre Dame Stadium in 1986 and at the University of South Carolina in 1990. As well, the Bears downed the Bills 22-19 in a 2010 regular-season game played in Canada at Toronto’s Rogers Centre.
Tackling Tremaine – For a rookie, Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is garnering plenty of attention from the online sportsbooks. Buffalo’s 2018 first-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech is picked by Bet365 to lead the NFL in tackles and assists this season, given the favorite’s odds of +1000. Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith is also listed among the top contenders at +1800. Surprisingly, you can even gets odds of +15000 on Edmunds winning the NFL’s defensive player of the year award.
Bear-ly Breathing – You won’t find much hope for the Bears doing anything special this season at any of the online sportsbooks. Bovada puts the Bears at odds of +450 to make the playoffs and -650 to miss the playoffs. By rating the Bears at +8000, only the Arizona Cardinals (+12500) are given less of a chance by Bovada among NFC teams to win Super Bowl LIII. Chicago is +5500 to win the NFC championship and the fourth betting choice at +900 to capture the NFC North Division title.
Curiously, there’s not much chance given to Buffalo, either, even though the Bills were a playoff team in 2017. The Bills are tabbed by Bovada at +500 to make the playoffs and -800 to be postseason outsiders. Bovada has the Bills listed as their third choice to win the AFC East title at +1400 and with odds of +5000, only the New York Jets (+7000) are offered less chance to be AFC champions. Buffalo is +15000 to win the Super Bowl, Again, only the Jets (+20000) face longer odds.
Bet365 gives both the Bears and Bills +450 odds to make the playoffs and -800 odds to miss out on postseason play. Buffalo is +800 to repeat as an AFC wildcard playoff team, while at +1800, the Bears are offered the least chance of grabbing an NFC wildcard berth. BetOnline has both the Bears and the Bills at odds of +10000 to win Super Bowl LIII. Over at MyBookie, the Bills are +5500 to be Super Bowl champs and the Bears are at +8330. MyBookie also offers odds of +150000 that it will be Bears-Bills in Super Bowl LIII.
Running on Empty – Jordan Howard of the Bears and LeSean McCoy of the Bills are two of the most consistent running backs in the NFL. Howard has topped 1000 yards in both of his NFL season. McCoy has also gone over 1000 yards in each of the past two seasons, four of the last five years and six of the past eight. Yet you will work yourself well down the betting lists before you come to either of these names in terms of wagers featuring those who run the ball.
Bovada places Howard as the co-10th betting choice to lead the NFL in rushing in 2018 at odds of +2500. He was sixth in the league last season with 1122 yards on the ground. McCoy ended up fourth overall with 1138 yards, but you will travel all the way down to the 16th betting choice in this market to locate McCoy at odds of +6000. Bet365 lists Howard as the co-11th betting choice at +2500 to top the NFL in touchdowns. McCoy is the co-16th choice in this wager at odds of +4000.
Quarterback Roulette – It will be interesting to see how the Bills opt to play out the quarterbacking position this season. Buffalo dealt Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns and selected Wyoming’s Josh Allen in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but head coach Sean McDermott is leaning toward veteran A.J. McCarron as his starter, at least to begin the season. Bovada places McCarron as the longest shot on the board at +20000 to lead the NFL in passing yardage this season.
That scenario is also creating some long odds for Allen’s chances of landing the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year award. He’s slotted at +1200 by MyBookie. At Bet365, you will get the same +1200 odds on Allen being rookie of the year, and they are offering +20000 odds on Allen leading the NFL in passing yardage. Betway lists Allen with odds of +1600 to be the offensive rookie of the year, while he’s given odds of +25000 to finish as the NFL’s passing yardage leader.
The Bears went through a similar dilemma last season with then rookie Mitchell Trubisky, the player they’d taken second overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Former Bears coach John Fox opted to begin the season with veteran Mike Glennon as his quarterback, but after Chicago began the season 1-3, Glennon was benched and Trubisky took over as the starter, though he certainly didn’t wow anyone with his performance the remainder of the season, as evidenced by his standing with the sportsbooks.
Bovada places odds of +8000 on Trubisky finishing the 2018 season as the NFL’s passing yardage king. He’s rated at +7000 to win the NFL MVP award, but you can get +1400 odds on Trubisky leading the NFL in interceptions this season. Both BetOnline and Bet365 slot Trubisky at odds of +10000 to be the NFL leader in passing yardage in 2018.