Vegas Odds on the Bears...........
Vegas odds are in: Where do Bears rank?
By Brad Biggs Tribune reporter 9:04 a.m. CDT, May 25, 2012
In these parts, expectations for the Chicago Bears this coming season are revving up and the focus on the team will only grow.
The Bulls and Blackhawks have long been out of the playoffs. Maybe one baseball team in town can compete to finish above .500. By the time training camp rolls around, football will dominate the sporting landscape.
With the bold offseason acquisition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, a change at general manager and coach Lovie Smith in a win-or-else situation, the Bears will be the story.
But what do they think about the team in Las Vegas right now? On Wednesday, Cantor Gaming (which operates sportsbooks at multiple hotels including Cosmopolitan, Palms, Hard Rock, Venetian and Palazzo) released its 2012 season win totals. All teams are available for betting with a $3,000 limit per wager, according to Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post.
What do the sportsbooks have for the Bears? They opened at 8 ½ (Over: -135, Under: +105). That means if you wager over 8 ½ wins for this season, you have to bet $135 to win $100. If you were to bet under 8 ½, you would win $105 on a $100 wager.
That ranks the Bears third in the NFC North, where they finished last season. The Packers are atop the board right now at 12 (Over: -125, Under: -105) followed by the Patriots (Over: -120, Under: -110). The Lions are 9.5 (Over: +105, Under: -135) and the Vikings are 6 (Over: even, Under: -130).
Of course, they numbers are subject to change at any time. But that is where they opened.