LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The last time a Chicago Bears gamer went into the season ranked amongst the Top 10 MVP prospects, Justin Fields was 15 years of ages.
It was 2014, and the chances of Jay Cutler winning MVP were 25-1, seventh-best amongst the prospects, according to the site SportsOddsHistory. Cutler went on to pass for 3,812 backyards, simply 26 backyards shy of Erik Kramer’s single-season club record.
But Cutler didn’t end up amongst the leading 6 MVP finalists and he saw previous Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers win his 2nd award.
Now it’s Fields’ turn. Fields was ninth in MVP chances at DraftKings at 20-1 since Monday afternoon, and the wagering market is bullish on the Bears’ third-year QB. Fields leads all prospects in amassing bets put and cash bet on PointsBet. In truth, he’s brought in more bets than the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts and Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes integrated.
“I mean he’s an exciting player, right? And he got to prove a little bit of that last year,” stated Bears offending planner Luke Getsy, who was the Packers’ offending quality assurance coach in 2014. “The most important thing for us is that Justin continues to grow. And not just Justin, but everybody in this offense.”
It’s not simply Fields who has actually wagerers thrilled about Chicago. The Bears got more bets to win the NFC North than any group to win any other department on PointsBet. And this in spite of the truth Chicago won simply 3 video games last season and its win overall forecast was 7.5, since Monday.
The MVP preferred heading into this season is Mahomes (6-1), who won his 2nd last season.
“Having that talk doesn’t help us win games,” Fields stated. “If it did, then yeah, I would be excited about it, but at the end of the day, none of that talk matters.
“I simply need to go out there and be the very best gamer I can be for my group.”
Fields threw two touchdown passes in the preseason, including a 62-yard catch-and-run to DJ Moore in the first preseason game. The Bears traded the No. 1 overall pick to the Carolina Panthers for a package that included Moore, and that connection is one of the reasons for the optimism in Chicago.
“I seem like I’m all set,” Fields said. “I believe us, as an entire group, we’re all set.”
Fields hurried for 1,143 backyards last season, ending up 70 backyards shy of breaking Lamar Jackson’s single-season quarterback hurrying record, however Fields had a hard time as a passer. Chicago balanced a league-low 130.5 passing backyards per video game while Fields ranked at or near the bottom in numerous classifications, consisting of changed net backyards per pass effort (4.63), which put him last amongst 33 certified quarterbacks.
Help for Fields this offseason can be found in the kind of Moore, a revamped by-committee backfield, enhanced pass security (although injuries have actually ended up being a current talking point) and a 2nd season with the exact same playcaller in the exact same offense.
“When you look at his capabilities and what he can do, it’s hard not to be excited about it,” stated Bears linebacker T.J. Edwards, who played his very first 4 seasons in Philadelphia. “The plays he can make and seeing him progress as he matures at quarterback and seeing him make the right plays .He can make a lot of different throws just off of how strong his arm is.
“I believe that’s where the enjoyment originates from, a minimum of for us. We’re thrilled about it.”
ESPN betting press reporter David Purdum added to this report.