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Breaking down early Bears point spreads

The Bears full schedule is out for the 2020 season. DraftKings Sportsbook has released point spreads for Week 1 and beyond. We break down the early odds.

Quarterback Nick Foles #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on December 15, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Oakland Raiders 20-16. Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

The NFL released the 2020 schedule and the Chicago Bears open with a key divisional road game against the Detroit Lions. The Bears are +400 to win the NFC North, sitting behind the Vikings and Packers, who are effectively co-favorites. Chicago’s preseason win total is installed at 7.5 with -11 odds on both the over and the under.

DraftKings Sportsbook posted all the Week 1 point spreads the evening of the schedule release, and they have since added nearly 100 additional games throughout the season. DK does big business in New Jersey and Colorado, so it is no surprise they have all 16 lines for the Giants, Jets, Eagles, and Broncos. However, they have multiple lines for other teams as well. For the Bears, we get three additional lines, including their prime time matchup against Tom Brady and the Bucs.

Point spreads

Week 1: @ Lions (+1)
Week 2: vs. Giants (-4.5)
Week 4: vs. Colts (-1)
Week 5: TNF vs. Buccaneers (+2.5)

Most likely cover

The Bears will likely have Nick Foles starting over Mitchell Trubisky in Week 1, but that might not even be an upgrade and if it is, it is a nominal one. The team will need to win with their defense and they’ll have a good chance of doing so at home against the Giants in Week 2. Daniel Jones has a turnover problem that won’t get better with Khalil Mack breathing down his neck.

Most likely fail to cover

I like Matthew Stafford to make a big impact on the Lions after sitting out much of last season and that should show up at home against the Bears to start the season. As you can tell, I am down on the Bears this season and will bet against them more than with them, so a team like Detroit, who I think can be above average this season, is where I will lean in Week 1.

Line most likely to change

The Colts will have a new quarterback in Philip Rivers this season, but his veteran presence behind a strong offensive line is going to make the offenses learning curve much shorter. Add Frank Reich’s play calling to the mix, and I think the Colts will be a solid unit from Day 1. They’ll go into Chicago early in the season and if there aren’t crowds allowed, that will of course help the visiting team, especially against a swarming defense like the Bears.

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