Justin Fields is entering a near-perfect situation in Chicago, as the team seemingly has a lot of the right pieces in place in order to be a serious contender. Before even taking a snap for the Bears, he’s already stolen the hearts of Chicago fans and players alike.
Darnell Mooney, the Bears No. 2 receiver behind Allen Robinson, has already praised Fields' deep ball to the media.
Mooney isn’t the only one smiling, as Fields locked in a fully guaranteed 4-year $18,871,952 contract today.
Despite the strong showing in OTAs, and giving Bears fans hope that they’ll finally have a franchise quarterback, Matt Nagy has remained steady that Andy Dalton will be their starting QB for Week 1 of 2021 NFL season.
If the Bears want to surpass the expectations laid on them by oddsmakers, they should look to start Fields sooner rather than later and hope for the best.
Vegas expects a regression from the Bears this season, as WynnBET has their over/under win total set at 7.5 wins. They’ve also been given +175 odds to make the playoffs, which is an implied probability of 36.36%. Bears fans will be disappointed to see their playoff chances, as Chicago managed to grab a wild card spot last season before losing to the New Orleans Saints.
The Bears may need to grab a wild card spot again in 2021 if they want to make the postseason, as WynnBET has their odds to win the NFC North set at +750, behind the Packers (-300) and the Vikings (+350).