This is not the regular season where teams are equally motivated. The preseason is all about motivation and information when it comes to NFL preseason odds and one team that should be highly motivated is the Chicago Bears.
NFL preseason bet odds are almost always just a few points either way so you won’t have to worry about laying many points if you take Chicago. The Bears will want to perform well for head coach Lovie Smith who is probably coaching for his job while Chicago will want to do well in their new offense led by new offensive coordinator Mike Martz. This is a huge season for the Bears and it all starts with getting confidence and winning preseason games.
Chicago is going to be fun to watch on offense as Martz usually has his offenses putting up points. The Bears have Jay Cutler at quarterback but it could be the running game that is interesting to watch. Matt Forte had a very poor season a year ago and he wants to bounce back in a big way. Only two teams in the league had fewer TDs last season on the ground than Chicago. The Bears threw the ball a lot last year with Cutler but they did not do so effectively. Cutler actually threw it 555 times which was the most attempts by a Chicago quarterback in their history. He didn’t do that well though with 27 TDs but 26 interceptions and a poor passer rating of 76.8.
Chicago will be looking to Chester Taylor to provide some depth in the running game. They signed him away from division rival Minnesota. They also get a very good blocking tight end in Brandon Manumaleuna from San Diego. The goal for the Bears will be to be more balanced and it is possible they could be efficient on offense with Martz drawing up the plays. It should be noted that Martz’ offenses don’t always throw the ball as much as people might expect. Running backs are very important in his scheme. Marshall Faulk was excellent for the Rams under Martz. Taylor would seem to fit into the mold of a Marshall Faulk.
Teams that have something to prove are normally good wagers in NFL preseason odds and that could be the case with Chicago in 2010.