While the preseason series between the Denver Broncos is lopsided, with Denver owning a 7-3 all-time edge, the regular-season showdowns between the Broncos and Bears aren’t nearly as decisive. Denver also owns the edge here, but it is a razor-thin advantage, with eight wins in 15 games against the Bears. Denver has fashioned a two-game winning streak, but the Broncos again own the edge by the skin of their teeth, winning 17-15 in 2015 and 13-10 in 2011.
That’s the way it’s gone for quite some time between these two teams. Six of the last eight Denver-Chicago meetings have been decided by five points or less. But in the preseason, one-sided affairs are commonplace. Only three of the 10 preseason games between the Bears and Broncos have been decided by fewer than 10 points. Chicago has scored 17 points or less in eight of the 10 exhibition games with Denver. Twice the Bears have been held to a field goal and in two other games, they were the victims of a shutout.
How Low Can they Go? – Regular season games between the Bears and Broncos tend to be low-scoring affairs. In fact, if you remove Chicago’s 37-34 overtime win over the Broncos in 2007 at Soldier Field, in the other six meetings between the Bears and Broncos since 1990, neither team has scored 20 points. The average total in those six games was 26.3 points per game. Three of the last seven Bears-Broncos regular-season games have gone to overtime and five of the last eight games were decided by a field goal or less.
It’s been a different story in the preseason in terms of the total. Three of the last four Bears-Broncos game had totals of 34 or higher, and two of them topped 40 points. But lately, the Bears haven’t been doing their part to contribute to the scoring. Chicago has scored just 20 points combined in the last three exhibition games against Denver. That works out to 6.6 points per game, less than a touchdown. If you take the calculation back over the past eight Denver-Chicago preseason games, the average total for the Bears is 9.3.
Future Watch – Both the Bears and the Broncos are looking to rebound from dismal 5-11 seasons, in Denver’s case the first losing season for the team since 2010. But Bovada doesn’t seem sold on either squad’s chances of turning their fortunes around in 2018. You can get +300 odds on the Broncos making the playoffs, but Denver is -400 to miss postseason play again. The Bears are valued at odds of +475 to be part of the postseason action, and are given odds of -700 to miss the playoffs.
Who Will Perform Up To Expectations? – Among the many NFL player performance prop bets being offered by BetOnline are a pair of Broncos receivers. Demaryius Thomas is given a total of six on his touchdown receptions for 2018. The over on this wager is -110 and the under bet is worth -120. Thomas is also set at 1050 for total receiving yards this season. Play the over at -125 and the under at -105. Thomas caught five scoring passes in 2017 and collected 949 in total receiving yards.
Yardage and TD reception wagers are also on offer for fellow Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders. His total yardage is listed at 925 and whether you choose over or under on your wager, it’s valued at odds of -115. Sanders is also assigned a total of four TD receptions. The over here is set at -120, and under valued at -110. Plagued by ankle problems last season, Sanders was limited to career lows with two TD catches and 555 yards in receiving.
Ad-Vance Notice – The Broncos aren’t used to losing and certainly not losing 11 times in one season, so that fact of life has put head coach Vance Joseph on notice. In franchise history, no Broncos coach has ever survived through consecutive double-digit loss seasons, so with that in mind, you could want to take a look at Betway’s prop bet on which NFL head coach will be fired first this season. Joseph isn’t the favorite in this wager, but at odds of +1000, he might not be a bad play in a town when failure is not tolerated.
Head To Head – Between the two teams, the Broncos and Bears have combined to play in 10 Super Bowls and win four of them, but what they’ve never combined to do is play each other in a Super Bowl game. If you think this is the year that finally happens, MyBookie is offering a prop wager on every potential Super Bowl LIII matchup. A Bears-Broncos Super Bowl showdown will bring you odds of +65000. MyBookie lists the Bears as +8000 to win Super Bowl LIII, while the Broncos are placed at odds of +2800 to do likewise.
Mitch VP – If you think the Bears have a shot at the Super Bowl, then you must also consider the possibility that Bears second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will be a contender for MVP of the NFL. Bovada is offering odds of +9000 on the second-year signal caller of the Bears winning the MVP. Broncos QB Case Keenum, who a year ago led the Minnesota Vikings to within a win of the Super Bowl, is set at odds of +5000 to win the MVP.
Getting Defensive – Betway likes the chances of Bears linebacker Roquan Smith or Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb contending for the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year award. They have that duo pegged as co-favorites to win the award at +600. Smith won the Butkus Award last season while at Georgia, which recognizes the top linebacker in the NCAA and is named for legendary Bears linebacker Dick Butkus.
The last Bronco to win the award was current Denver linebacker Von Miller in 2011. The last Bear to win the award was also a linebacker, Brian Urlacher in 2000. Urlacher was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the class of 2018.