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Chicago Bears: Super Bowl Odds Preseason And Now

January 5th, 2011- By Bryan Cross

The Chicago Bears are perhaps the surprise team on the NFC side of the playoff equation this season, capturing a NFC North division that they were the preseason selection to finish third in.  Step aside though Green Bay and Minnesota, the Bears are here.

Chicago not only won the NFC North division, they earned the No.2 seed in the playoffs behind Atlanta and will get the luxury of not having to play in the opening weekend receiving a Bye into the divisional round.

In large part, they got it done with defense as they rank second in the NFL against the run. The Bears put up a shutout, and had eight games where they surrendered 14 points or less.

The defense made it much easier on Jay Cutler and the offense, who were shaky but more consistent than a season ago. Cutler’s interception problem got better as the season wore on, as the quarterback threw for 23 touchdowns.

Running back Matt Forte and receiver Johnny Knox provide Cutler and the offensive with solid skill positions.  Forte rushed for 1,069 yards and six touchdowns while Know hauled in 51 passes for 960 yards and five touchdowns.

Prior to the start of the season, NFL betting lines had set Chicago as at 30.1 to win Super Bowl XLV.

Following the completion of the season, the Bears are currently going off at 12/1 to win Super Bowl XLV and are at 7/2 to win the NFC  and represent the conference in the game on Bodog Sportsbook. Chicago is behind only Atlanta in the line of betting favorite to win the NFC and reach Super Bowl XLV.

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