2024-25 NFL odds: Bettors count on Caleb Williams, Bears to overlook playoffs

by Christina S. Brown
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Caleb Williams is predicted to be a star as a rookie — however that does not imply that success is predicted to trickle all the way down to his workforce. 

At BetMGM, Williams is the +160 favourite to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the 12 months. He is at -115 to throw over 22.5 touchdowns (former Bears QB Justin Fields threw a mixed 33 touchdowns over the previous two seasons), and he is at -120 to build up over 3,465.5 passing yards (Fields threw for a median of two,402 over the previous two seasons).

Nevertheless, though Williams’ Bears are -125 to make the playoffs, they’re anticipated to complete third within the NFC North (+375 to win the division), and with that, bettors are all in on them lacking the postseason.

Chicago is -165 to win over 8.5 video games, and +140 to win underneath 8.5 video games. 

Final season, the Packers had been the one workforce to make the playoffs with fewer than 10 wins (9).

Latest historical past says that bettors could possibly be onto one thing. 

The Bears haven’t made it to the playoffs since 2020, and haven’t gained a playoff sport since 2010. They’re 1-3 within the 4 playoff video games they’ve performed courting again to 2010, and final made it to the Tremendous Bowl in 2006.

Chicago has made appreciable strikes on the offensive aspect of the ball this offseason. Along with taking Williams at No. 1 within the 2024 NFL Draft, it traded for star wideout Keenan Allen, drafted star school wideout Rome Odunze at No. 9, and nabbed free agent operating again D’Andre Swift, who racked up 1,049 dashing yards with the Eagles final season.

Allen, 32, spent his first 11 seasons with the Chargers, racking up over 1,000 receiving yards in six of these seasons, together with 1,243 yards and 7 touchdowns in 13 video games final season.

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