Chicago Bears Betting in Iowa

How to bet, types of bets and Chicago Bears history
Chicago Bears

While there isn’t a National Football League home team to root for in Iowa, there’s no lack of interest in betting on the NFL. If we look to the East, you’ll find the “Monsters of the Midway.” The Chicago Bears have a significant following in Iowa.

Now you can legally and safely bet on the Bears. You can create an online sportsbook account easily, and we’ll tell you how. We’ll also share the latest Chicago Bears odds from the top Iowa sportsbooks, and point you to the best sign-up offers available.

This week’s Bears odds: Moneyline, spread and over/under

Chicago Bears betting lines and odds will continue to move up until kickoff. The Bears will play the LA Rams at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 12. Here are the Chicago Bears Week 1 odds:

Bears Super Bowl, NFC odds

All Bears fans have thoughts on how the season as a whole will play out, and you can back those thoughts up with a wager on the futures market. You can place your bets on the Bears to win the Super Bowl, NFC or NFC North. Our customizable odds feed pulls the numbers together as well. The futures odds will be listed here:

Justin Fields prop odds

Prop betting is a popular part of NFL wagering. You’ll have plenty of choices to consider for every Bears game, and there will also be season-long props on players, such as newly drafted QB Justin Fields. Check the real-time prop odds for Fields right here:

2021 Chicago Bears schedule

The complete 2021-22 NFL schedule is in. Here’s who the Bears are playing:

WeekOpponentDateTime
Week 1at LA RamsSunday Night Football, Sept. 127:20 p.m.
Week 2BengalsSunday, Sept. 19Noon
Week 3at BrownsSunday, Sept. 26Noon
Week 4LionsSunday, Oct. 3Noon
Week 5at RaidersSunday, Oct. 103:05 p.m.
Week 6PackersSunday, Oct. 17Noon
Week 7at BuccaneersSunday, Oct. 243:25 p.m.
Week 8 49ersSunday, Oct. 31Noon
Week 9at SteelersMonday, Nov. 87:15 p.m.
Week 10Bye week
Week 11RavensSunday, Nov. 21Noon
Week 12at LionsThanksgiving Day11:30 a.m.
Week 13CardinalsSunday, Dec. 5Noon
Week 15at PackersSunday, Dec. 127:20 p.m.
Week 16at SeahawksSunday, Dec. 263:05 p.m.
Week 17GiantsSunday, Jan. 2Noon
Week 18at VikingsSunday, Jan. 9Noon

Bears Vegas odds vs. online odds

Las Vegas was the only option for legal sports betting in the US for decades. As a result, the odds of the desert served as the word to live by when it came to wagering. Times have changed.

You can now legally bet on sports in a number of states, including Iowa. Major sportsbooks have set up shop in the state, providing comparable odds to what you’ll find in Sin City.

We can’t promise that the numbers will be spot on for every Bears game on the docket. Due to market action, that’s impossible. All sportsbooks will make adjustments to their numbers in response to public betting.

That said, the overall range should be close. For comparison purposes, you can always look at the lines from Vegas and compare them with the numbers from Iowa books. In general, you should find that the odds here at home are on point, as well.

Bears live betting  

gambling taxThere are plenty of options to consider for betting on Bears games. Two of the most popular options offer lots of choices for bettors. Live betting affords you the chance to bet in real-time as the game plays out, while props give you a chance to get in some side action on things that may or may not happen.

Live betting has been taking off in recent years, and sportsbooks have responded. For each Bears game, you’ll see a slew of betting opportunities pop up. Offerings will vary based on what’s happening, but here are some examples of what you’ll see:

  • Updated odds for moneylines, spreads and totals.
  • What will be the outcome of the Bears’ next drive — TD/FG/TO/punt?

Also known as in game betting, this is a market that moves really fast. Apps from leading sportsbooks make for a great way to stay on top of all the action. You can stay dialed into the game while occasionally glancing at the app to check for wagers you like.

You can find prop bets by clicking on the individual game listings. Some props are based on team performance and on the game as a whole. Some of the most popular prop bet offerings have to do with player performances:

  • Which Bears player will score a TD first?
  • Total rushing yards for David Montgomery — over/under 79.5?

Props and live betting are two awesome ways to get even closer to the action. A prop brings a little bit of fantasy sports appeal to betting, while the chance to bet live means you can stay engaged with the games like never before.

Best Iowa sports betting apps 2021

While there are several solid options to consider for mobile sports betting in Iowa, two have managed to stand apart from the pack: PointsBet and William Hill in Iowa. The presence of the iconic William Hill brand continues to grow here in the US, while PointsBet has been making waves since debuting on our shores in 2019.

The roots of William Hill stretch to 1934. One of the top sportsbooks across the pond, the company has eyes on being recognized as the same here in the US. A wealth of experience translates into competitive odds and lines, while the online and mobile platforms are top-notch.

PointsBet is based in Australia and first entered the US market in New Jersey in January 2019. Since then, the company has expanded to other legal states, including Iowa. PointsBet Sportsbook Iowa hits the right notes with its odds and platform, and it’s always dishing out intriguing promotional offerings for new and existing customers to consider.

If you’re looking for a place to bet on the Bears, both will do the trick. William Hill Sportsbook IA has a slight edge on the platform side, while PointsBet is more generous on the promo front. The odds and lines are pretty much even, but there will naturally be some differences. For all your Bears and NFL betting needs, be sure to check both books out by clicking on our exclusive links.

Bears schedule/playoffs 2020-21

The 2020 campaign for the Chicago Bears started with a lot of promise. The team roared out of the gates with a record of 5-1. Impressively, three of the wins came on the road, while the lone stumble was a hard-fought battle with the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

Unfortunately, the good times didn’t keep on rolling. The Bears hit the skids with a dismal five-game losing streak that dropped them from looking like potential contenders to being at the risk of being also-rans. The ship was righted with a resounding 36-7 victory over the visiting Houston Texans that kicked off a stretch of success that brought the Bears to 8-7 heading into the final game of the season against the Green Bay Packers.

The Chicago Bears made it to the playoffs in 2020, but fell to the New Orleans Saints 21-9.

Bears betting lines explained  

Every time the Bears get set to take the field, sportsbooks will unveil odds for the game. The main listing will feature three of the most popular bet types: point spread, moneyline and total. It’ll look something like this:

 Point SpreadMoneylineTotal
Minnesota Vikings+3.5 (-110)+150O 47.5 (-110)
Chicago Bears -3.5 (-110)-180 U 47.5 (-110)

If we read from left to right next to the two team names, we find that the Bears are favored by 3.5 points over the Vikings. Chicago is also the moneyline favorite in a game with a total line set at 47.5 points.

On spreads and moneylines, the choice with negative odds is the favorite, while the numbers on the underdog side are positive. For spreads and totals, you’ll see the benchmark numbers set by the sportsbook as well as the actual odds for placing the bet. Here’s how each bet works.

  • Moneyline: Simply choose the winner from the favorite or underdog. If your pick wins the game, your bet wins, too.
  • Point Spread: The side you pick has to cover the spread, i.e., the Bears have to win by more than 3.5 points or the Vikings must keep it closer than that or win outright.
  • Total: You can bet on the total number of points being over or under the baseline number.

All three of these bet types will see lots of action for Bears games. It’s important to remember that the odds and lines may change, and also that the numbers can be different at some books. You should always compare the opening lines for the game with where they currently stand when you’re ready to bet. Also, make sure to line shop for the best possible prices.

How did the Bears do last year? 

In 2018, the Bears made a surprising run to the playoffs before being knocked out by the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card round. The club took a step back in 2019 with a mark of 8-8, but optimism was still high entering the 2020 campaign.

A relatively uneven 2020 season has seen both hot and cold streaks. To make some noise in the competitive NFC moving forward, the club likely will have to find more consistency on both sides of the ball.

Recent Bears stats leaders

The Bears have had a few flashes in recent years, but not enough to join the ranks of the NFL’s elite. The team showed some promise moving the ball in the first year of head coach Matt Nagy’s tenure in 2018, but the progression has been backward since then. Over on defense, it’s a similar story. Here’s a look at the stats leaders in Chicago for the last few years.

YearPassing YdsRushing YdsReceiving YdsTacklesSacks
2019Trubisky - 3,138Montgomery - 889Robinson - 1,147Smith - 101Mack - 8.5
2018Trubisky - 3,223Howard - 935Robinson - 754Smith - 122Mack - 12.5
2017Trubisky - 2,193Howard - 1,122Wright - 614Jones - 90Hicks - 8.5
2016Barkley - 1,611Howard - 1,313Meredith - 888Freeman - 110Young - 7.5
2015Cutler - 3,659Forte - 898Jeffery - 807Jones - 86Houston - 8

Bears’ starting QBs for the past 10 years

The Bears are still looking for a definitive long-term answer at QB. Mitchell Trubisky, the club’s first-round draft choice in 2017, and free-agent acquisition Nick Foles both saw time behind center in 2020. If we look back over the previous decade, it’s a similar story with multiple signal callers at the helm.

  • 2019: Mitchell Trubisky, 15 games. Chase Daniel, 1. Record: 8-8
  • 2018: Mitchell Trubisky, 14. Chase Daniel, 2. Record: 12-4
  • 2017: Mitchell Trubisky, 12. Mike Glennon, 4. Record: 5-11
  • 2016: Matt Barkley, 6. Jay Cutler, 5. Brian Hoyer, 4. Record: 3-13
  • 2015: Jay Cutler, 15. Jimmy Clausen, 1. Record: 6-10
  • 2014: Jay Cutler, 15. Jimmy Clausen, 1. Record: 5-11
  • 2013: Jay Cutler, 11. Josh McCown, 5. Record: 8-8
  • 2012: Jay Cutler, 15. Jason Campbell, 1. Record: 10-6
  • 2011: Jay Cutler, 10. Caleb Hanie, 4. Josh McCown, 2. Record: 8-8
  • 2010: Jay Cutler, 15. Todd Collins, 1. Record: 11-5

Latest Bears’ draft picks

For the past two seasons, the Bears have been without a first-round draft choice. In 2019, Chicago first went on the clock in round three and selected David Montgomery, a running back out of Iowa State. The following year, the first pick came in round two, and the team took tight end Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame. Here’s a look at the last five first-rounders for the Bears.

YearPlayerPositionCollege
2018Roquan SmithLBGeorgia
2017Mitchell TrubiskyQBNorth Carolina
2016Leonard FloydLBGeorgia
2015Kevin WhiteWRWest Virginia
2014Kyle FullerDBVirgina Tech

Bears’ bench staff

Matt Nagy took over as head coach of the Bears in 2018. His first year at the helm was a success as the club made the postseason and he nabbed Coach of the Year honors. The following season didn’t go as swimmingly, and the Bears had some struggles in 2020. Here’s a look at the current staff behind Nagy.

  • Offensive Coordinator: Bill Lazor
  • Defensive Coordinator: Chuck Pagano
  • Special Teams Coordinator: Chris Tabor
  • Tight Ends: Clancy Barone
  • Offensive Line: Juan Castillo
  • Quarterbacks: John DeFilippo
  • Inside Linebackers: Mark DeLeone
  • Safeties: Sean Desai
  • Wide Receivers: Mike Furrey
  • Assistant Special Teams: Brian Ginn
  • Assistant Wide Receivers/Offensive Quality Control: Chris Jackson
  • Strength and Conditioning: Jason Loscalzo
  • Running Backs: Charles London
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning: Casey Kramer
  • Senior Defensive Assistant/Outside Linebackers: Ted Monachino
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant: Pierre Ngo
  • Pass Game Coordinator: Dave Ragone
  • Assistant Offensive Line: Donovan Raiola
  • Defensive Line: Jay Rodgers
  • Pass Rush Analyst/Assistant Linebackers: Bill Shuey
  • Offensive Quality Control: Mike Snyder
  • Defensive Quality Control: Shane Toub
  • Secondary: Deshea Townsend
  • Defensive Quality Control: Ronell Williams
  • Bill Walsh Coaching Fellow: Henry Burris

Past coaches

Similar to the team’s quest for a long-term solution at QB, Chicago has been searching for the right person on the sidelines for some time. Since Lovie Smith’s tenure ended in 2012, three men have tried to fit the bill. The club has played in just a single postseason game over that span. Here are the last five head coaches for the Bears, along with their records.

CoachTenureRegular SeasonPostseason
Matt Nagy2018-present26-191-1
John Fox2015-1714-34N/A
Marc Trestman2013-1413-19N/A
Lovie Smith2004-1281-633-3
Dick Jauron1999-200335-450-1

Where do the Bears play?

Since the 1971 season, the Bears have played home games at Soldier Field in the Windy City. Prior to that, games were at Wrigley Field, which also serves as the home of the Chicago Cubs. Here are the key details on the home digs:

  • Name: Soldier Field
  • Address: 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago
  • Owner: Chicago Park District
  • Operator: ASM Global
  • Capacity: 61,500
  • Ground Breaking: Nov. 11, 1922
  • Opening Date: Oct. 9, 1924
  • Construction Cost: $13 million
  • Other Events: Soccer, college football, hockey, Special Olympics, rugby, concerts, etc.

Best sports bars to watch Chicago Bears games

If you’re in the Chicago area but don’t have tickets to catch the game in person at Soldier Field, fear not. There are plenty of great watering holes in the city that have an awesome atmosphere for Bears games. Here’s a trio of them.

Gracie O’Malley’s in Chicago

This spot is in what’s known as the landmark district. It’s an eclectic Irish pub with lots of TVs and plenty of food and drink specials.

  • Address: 1635 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
  • Phone: 773-292-2765
  • Hours: 5 p.m. to midnight, Mondays through Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesdays through Sundays

The Globe Pub in Chicago

If you’re a fan of beer, this is the place to go. The Globe is over on the north side of the Windy City. Highlights include the extensive beer menu and plenty of screens to catch the game.

  • Address: 1934 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago
  • Phone: 773-871-3757
  • Hours:  11 a.m. to midnight Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays and closed Mondays

The Ambassador Public House in Chicago

This is a fun Euro-style pub located over in the West Loop. There are lots of food and drink specials, a plethora of TVs and a big list of beers

  • Address: 310 S. Halsted St., Chicago
  • Phone: 312-888-9961
  • Hours: 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and the first game to midnight/1 a.m. on the weekends

Closer to home in Iowa, there are also plenty of cool spots to kick back and soak in all the Bears action. Here’s a trio of stops to put on your to-do list.

’85 Bar in Des Moines

If a bar is named after the greatest Bears season ever, then chances are it’s a real good time. That’s the case at ’85 Bar, a great spot for food, beverages and pigskin.

  • Address: 305 Grand Ave., West Des Moines
  • Phone: 515-207-3303
  • Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Otis’ Tailgators in Coralville

This is a fun spot in Coralville with a long happy hour during the week and an extensive food and beverage menu. There’s also another Tailgators location in Cedar Rapids.

  • Address: 450 First Ave., Coralville
  • Phone: 319-356-6914
  • Hours: Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day

Charlie’s Filling Station in West Des Moines

For a bar with that local neighborhood feel, check out Charlie’s. Beyond the usual TVs, food and beverages, there are also pool tables and darts for even more fun.

  • Address: 305 Grand Ave., West Des Moines
  • Phone: 515-274-9041
  • Hours: Open  3 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day

How to watch, listen and stream Bears games in Iowa

It’s easy to find NFL games on the tube. The league has broadcast agreements in place for each of the major weekly schedule windows. If the Bears are playing on Sunday afternoon, the game will be on CBS or Fox, both of which have affiliate stations across Iowa.

When Chicago gets one of the primetime slots, you won’t have to look far, either. Thursday Night Football is carried by a combination of Fox, the NFL Network and Amazon Prime. Sunday Night Football is the property of NBC, while Monday Night Football makes its home on ESPN.

You can find most of the above options with a simple cable, satellite or streaming package. The availability of the NFL Network may vary, while Amazon Prime is a separate subscription. For Sunday afternoon slates, NFL Red Zone provides overview coverage of all games.

It’s usually an add-on with most packages, so look for the option to include it in any subscriptions. Satellite provider DirecTV also has the Sunday Ticket package, while select local and primetime games are available for streaming on Yahoo sports or the NFL app.

On the radio side, KCPS 1150 AM out of Burlington picks up the feed for Bears broadcasts. Jeff Jonak handles play-by-play, while Tom Thayer takes care of analysis. The audio feed is also available online or via an app with various radio aggregators.

Brief Bears history

The history of the Chicago Bears stretches back to 1920. The club was one of the founding members of the NFL. George Halas gained control of the team in 1921. The team is unique in that ownership has remained in the family ever since.

The Bears won eight NFL championships in the pre-Super Bowl era. Halas wore many hats while running the team for decades. Following the NFL-AFL merger, the club stagnated for a bit, but a renaissance occurred in the 1980s.

The team of this era was known for its ferocious defense and a cast of memorable characters, including head coach Mike Ditka, QB Jim McMahon, and DT William “Refrigerator” Perry. The club put it all together in a memorable 1985 season, winning Super Bowl XX.

Since that point, the club has found a few flashes of success, including reaching the Super Bowl in 2006, but it hasn’t been able to get over the hump again. The team remains one of the league’s signature franchises, with a huge following across the nation.

Greatest Bears players of all time

A total of 36 players and contributors who spent time with the Chicago Bears have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while the team has retired 14 numbers. Multiple legendary players have worn the blue and orange through the years. Here’s a look at some of the team record holders, many of whom are among the best in franchise history.

  • Career Rushing Yards: Walter Payton, 16,726
  • Career Passing Yards: Jay Cutler, 23,443
  • Career Receiving Yards: Johnny Morris, 5,059
  • Career Sacks: Richard Dent, 124.5
  • Career Tackles: Mike Singletary, 1,488
  • Career Interceptions: Gary Fencik, 50
  • Career Field Goals Made: Robbie Gould, 276
  • Career Return Touchdowns: Devin Hester, 19
  • Most TDs in Season: Gale Sayers, 22 in 1965
  • Single-Season Rushing Yards: Walter Payton, 1,852 in 1977
  • Single-Season Passing Yards: Erik Kramer, 3,838 in 1995
  • Single-Season Receptions: Brandon Marshall, 118 in 2012
  • Single-Season Sacks: Richard Dent, 17.5 in 1984
  • Most TDs in Single Game: Gale Sayers, six in 1965
  • Most Rushing Yards in Single Game: Walter Payton, 275 in 1977
  • Most Passing Yards in Single Game: Johnny Lujack, 468 in 1949
  • Most Passing TDs in Single Game: Sid Luckman, seven in 1943
  • Most Receiving Yards in Single Game: Alshon Jeffery, 249 in 2013
  • Most Sacks in Single Game: Richard Dent, 4.5 in 1984 and 1987
  • Most Bears Playoff Game Appearances: Mark Bortz, 13 from 1983-94

What is the Super Bowl Shuffle? Where can I watch it? 

The 1985 edition of the Chicago Bears goes down as one of the greatest NFL teams of all-time. The club racked up a 15-1 record in the regular season and dominated in the postseason, picking up a blowout win over the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XX.

During the year, it was clear that there was something quite special about this group. Players would get together for one of the most memorable promotional videos of all time, the Super Bowl Shuffle. You can check out this iconic moment in pop culture history below.

Where are William Perry, Jim McMahon and Mike Singletary now?

The ’85 Bears are the most iconic team in franchise history. They’re in the discussion of the greatest single-season teams in NFL history. There were stars and memorable characters on both sides of the ball. Let’s take a look at what some of the most popular Bears players of this era are up to now:

  • William Perry: The man dubbed “The Refrigerator” became a pop culture phenom after the team began using the star defensive player on offense as well. His NFL career came to an end in 1994, but he would go on to play a season with the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football. Perry has made a few media appearances through the years, but he has been out of the spotlight for some time now while dealing with health issues.
  • Jim McMahon: McMahon also became a pop culture icon during the 1980s. His career with the Bears came to a close in 1988, and he would go on to bounce around the league for several seasons before finally calling it quits in 1996. His post-football life has seen him wear many hats, including a stint as a motivational speaker. He has dealt with some health and financial struggles through the years, and made headlines by speaking out on the impacts of football-related concussions.
  • Mike Singletary: Singletary was one of the signature faces of the Bears’ defense of this era. He played his entire career in Chicago, retiring in 1992. Singletary entered the coaching ranks following the turn of the century and steadily worked his way up the ladder. He served as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2009-10. Singletary is an ordained minister and a motivational speaker, as well as the author of several books. He has remained involved with football while coaching at lower levels of the game.

Chicago Bears FAQ

Who owns the Bears? 

The principal owner of the Bears is Virginia Halas McCaskey. As the eldest child of original owner George Halas, she took control of the team upon his death in 1983. Now 97 years of age, she’s the oldest serving owner of an NFL franchise. Her son, George McCaskey, serves as the franchise chairman.

How much are the Bears worth?

According to the latest NFL franchise valuations from Forbes, the Bears check in with a price tag of $3.525 billion. That places them in seventh place on the list of 32 clubs. The Dallas Cowboys top the list with a value of $5.7 billion, while the Cincinnati Bengals bring up the rear at $2.05 billion.

Who are the Bears’ captains?  

The Bears are one of a handful of NFL teams that have adopted the practice of appointing captains on a weekly basis. For example, entering Week 1 of the 2020 season, QB Mitchell Trubisky, WR Allen Robinson, LBs Danny Trevathan and Khalil Mack, DT Akiem Hicks and P Pat O’Donnell received the honor. Through the years, franchise notables such as Jay Cutler and Gary Fencik are among those who have been recognized as team leaders.

How much are Bears tickets?

Prices for tickets to Bears games range from a low of $140 to over $1,200. According to VividSeats, the median price is $392. Naturally, prices will vary based on sight lines and proximity to the field. Also, keep in mind that the cost may spike for in-demand games or when the team is in the playoff hunt.

How many times have the Bears won the Super Bowl/made the playoffs?

The Bears have won just one Super Bowl and lost another. The club took down the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX and fell to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI. The franchise won eight NFL championships prior to 1970 and has appeared in the postseason 26 times.

What Bears numbers are retired?

 The Bears have retired 14 player numbers, the most for an NFL team. Here’s the list:

  • 3 – Bronko Nagurski
  • 5 – George McAfee
  • 7 – George Halas
  • 28 – Willie Gallimore
  • 34 – Walter Payton
  • 40 – Gale Sayers
  • 41 – Brian Piccolo
  • 42 – Sid Luckman
  • 51 – Dick Butkus
  • 56 – Bill Hewitt
  • 61 – Bill George
  • 66 – Clyde Turner
  • 77 – Red Grange
  • 89 – Mike Ditka

What is the Bears’ Twitter account?

The official Twitter handle for the team is @ChicagoBears. The Bears also maintain a presence on the other major social media platforms and have a dedicated app that is available for Apple and Android devices.