The 2011 Chicago Bears had the look of a Super Bowl contender with a 7-3 record after their first ten games and were riding a five game win streak. Then in a 31-20 home win against the San Diego Chargers the fate of the Bears took a turn for the worse as starting quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a season ending injury to the thumb of his throwing hand while attempting to make a tackle on an intercepted pass dousing the hopes for the club. With backups under center the Bears then went on a five game losing streak and with a win in week 17 against the Vikings concluded their regular season with an 8-8 record and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. The Bears are making a radical change offensively as they remove offensive coordinator Mike Martz and replace him with Mike Tice the teams former offensive line coach. Tice has head coaching experience with the Minnesota Vikings.
The Chicago Bears 2012 regular season win odds has been lined at 9 ½ wins. Bettors have made under 9 ½ wins favorite at -155 odds with the over 9 ½ wins returning underdog price at +125 odds. The Bears season win odds were courtesy of Top Bet sportsbook.
Prior to the arrival of Mike Martz to Chicago the Bears signal caller Jay Cutler was struggling and his demeanor looked no way of a leader. Mike Martz’ system isn’t for everyone but Martz impact on Jay Cutler cannot be underestimated. Running back Matt Forte thrived in the Martz system as he found space in the passing game to make huge plays. With his threat in the passing game Forte found space to rush the football as he finished the year with a very good 4.9 yards per carry and had 997 rushing yards total. Importantly the Bears offense liked Martz’ system and looked terrible playing more conventional offense prior. On defense it comes down to health. If they Bears stay healthy they are good as anyone. They have been hit hard to injuries on defense in the past. Before Mike Martz was hired as the offensive coordinator the Chicago Bears were a struggling football team and Lovie Smith was hanging on to his head coaching job for dear life. The switch to Mike Tice as offensive coordinator will take time to develop and could prove disastrous for Chicago. For this reason the play is under 9 ½ wins for the Bears but first pick up sportsbook promo codes.