At least the Chicago Bears can draw upon the regular season to find some semblance of success they have enjoyed at the expense of the Kansas City Chiefs. Chicago won the last meeting between the two teams, edging the Chiefs 18-17 in Kansas City as nine-point underdogs. The Bears have won two of the last three regular-season games played against the Chiefs at Chicago’s Soldier Field, and are 4-2 all-time in the regular season at home against Kansas City.
Even though that 2015 victory was their first at Kansas City in the regular-season play since 1993, the Bears have broken even with the Chiefs in games played in Kansas City, going 3-3 there. One thing you know is that when the Bears beat the Chiefs in the regular season, the end result is probably going to come right down to the wire. Chicago’s seven wins over the Chiefs in regular-season action have been recorded by a combined total of 23 points. That works out to an average margin of 3.28 points per game.
Keeping It On The Down Low – Another thing about Bears-Chiefs games – don’t expect there to be a lot of points on the board. The total has gone under in each of the last six Bears-Chiefs regular-season games. That average total for the past eight Kansas City-Chicago regular-season games was 30. In 12 regular-season meetings, only twice has the total between the Bears and Chiefs exceeded 37. The Bears were 2-6 on the over/under at home in 2017.
If you eliminate that ridiculous 66-24 Kansas City rout in the first Bears-Chiefs preseason game in 1967, then the low ball theory holds water in exhibition play between the two teams as well. Just once in the other nine preseason meetings has the total exceeded 39. The average total over the course of those nine games was 30.1 points per game. Twice in the preseason the Bears and Chiefs have finished up with a total that was under 20 points.
Switching To Pat – After another playoff loss last season, the Chiefs opted not to stand pat at quarterback. Instead they decided to allow starter Alex Smith to leave via free agency so that he no longer stood in the path of Pat Mahomes to the starting quarterback role. Selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chiefs gave Mahomes his first start in the final regular-season game last season against the Denver Broncos and he threw for 284 yards in a 27-24 win.
There are already some interesting betting offers on Mahomes. Bovada puts Mahomes down at odds of +4000 to lead the NFL in passing yardage this season. But the sportsbook also has Mahomes with odds of +1800 to lead the NFL in interceptions in 2018. At +3300, he also is offered at better odds to be the 2018 NFL MVP than Case Keenum (+6000), Blake Bortles (+10000) or Nick Foles (+12500), who made up 75 percent of the starting QBs in last season’s conference championship games.
Trouble With Trubisky – The Bears went with their own 2017 first-round draft pick at quarterback last season. Mitch Trubisky supplanted Mike Glennon as Chicago’s starter under center in the fifth game of the season, but didn’t leave anyone awe insipred while going 4-8 as the starter. Trubisky’s passer rating was a dismal 77.5, and he threw as many interceptions as touchdowns – seven in each category. And he was sacked 31 times.
Maybe that explains the long odds on Trubisky doing much at the helm of the Bears in 2018. Bovada has him at +10000 to lead the NFL in passing yardage. He’s listed at odds of +7000 to be the NFL’s MVP, but Trubisky is in with a chance at leading the league in interceptions, at odds of +1400. Bet365 pegs Trubisky to at odds of +5000 to lead the NFL in touchdown passes during the 2018 season. Betway puts Trubisky at an astonishing +20000 to lead the league in passing yardage.
Super Odds – The Chiefs have won the Super Bowl. Granted, it was a long time ago, in Super Bowl IV, when they were still an AFL team – in fact the last AFL team to win the Super Bowl. The Bears have won the Super Bowl. Granted, it was a long time ago, in Super Bowl XX. Both of these teams are 1-1 in the big game, so what are the chances they get to a rubber match in Super Bowl LIII? Bovada has the Chiefs set as their 15th betting choice to win the Super Bowl at odds of +300.
You can get odds of +8000 on the Bears, though, making them the second-longest shot to win of any NFC team. The Bears are also offered at the second-longest odds to win the NFC Championship at +4000. The Chiefs are sixth in the AFC Championship pecking order at odds of +1200. Bovada puts the Chiefs at odds of +125 to make the playoffs and -155 to miss out on the postseason. The Bears are +475 to be a playoff team and -700 to be out of the playoffs.
MyBookie will give you odds of +65000 on Super Bowl LIII being a game between the Chiefs and the Bears.
Running Away With It – Both the Bears and the Chiefs are positioned with young stars at the running back position who just might be worth a wager in a couple of different future book categories. Coming off a spectacular rookie season in which he gained 1327 yards and ran for eight touchdowns, Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt is listed by Bovada at odds of +950 to lead the NFL in rushing yardage in 2018. Bet365 pegs Hunt at odds of +160 to lead the NFL in touchdowns this season.
Bears running back Jordan Howard went over the 1000-yard plateau for the second straight season and ran for nine touchdowns. Bet365 places the odds on Howard leading the NFL in TDs in 2018 at +2500. Over at Bovada, you’ll also be offered odds of +2500 that Howard will be the NFL’s leading rusher this season.