Chicago Bears Betting in Iowa

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.

Latest Chicago Bears odds

Chicago Bears betting lines and odds will move up until kickoff. Check below for the current odds for the next Chicago Bears game from the preseason all the way to Week 17; click on any odds to go right to the sportsbook, claim your bonus and get your bets down.

This Week’s Bears Spread

Bears Super Bowl, NFC odds

Justin Fields MVP, prop odds

2021 Chicago Bears schedule

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

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.

How did the Bears do in 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 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.

Bears Moneyline

The goal is simple: pick the winner from the favorite or underdog, which are designated by positive and negative odds respectively.

  • Minnesota Vikings +150
  • Chicago Bears -180

Simple to place and easy to understand, moneyline bets are a great starting point for new NFL bettors, but there’s also value to be found for those with experience.

Bears Point Spread

From a betting perspective, the spread makes each and every NFL game appealing. Oddsmakers set the line for bettors to factor into their decision-making.

  • Minnesota Vikings +3.5 (-110)
  • Chicago Bears -3.5 (-110)

You can select the favorite minus the points or the dog plus the number. The side you pick has to cover the spread for your bet to be graded a winner.

Bears Totals odds

Also known as an Over/Under bet, this wager revolves around the total combined points scored in the game compared to the number set by the book.

  • Over 47.5 (-110)
  • Under 47.5 (-110)

For our example, an Over bettor is banking on 48 or more points to be scored, while the Under side is hoping to 47 points or less on the board when all is said and done.

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.

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 tougher 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
2020Trubisky - 2,055Montgomery - 1,070Robinson - 1,250Smith - 139Mack - 9
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

A new era is coming to the Windy City. The team spent a first-round draft choice on QB Justin Fields out of Ohio State. He’s a promising prospect who could have a very bright future. The club has also signed veteran signal caller Andy Dalton, who may start until the keys are handed over to Fields. Here’s a look back at the last 10 years of starting QBs in Chicago.

  • 2020: Mitchell Trubisky, 9 games. Nick Foles, 7 games. Record: 8-8
  • 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

Latest Bears’ draft picks

For the first time in a few years, the Bears had a selection in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. In 2018, the club nabbed RB David Montgomery in round three with its first selection. The following year, it was TE Cole Kmet as the first Bears pick in the second round. Chicago had the 11th pick in 2021 and gave the fanbase a jolt with the choice. Here’s a look back at the latest Bears top picks.

2021Justin FieldsQBOhio State
2020Cole KmetTENotre Dame
2019David MontgomeryRBIowa State
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: Sean Desai
  • Special Teams Coordinator: Chris Tabor
  • Assistant Defensive Backs: Mike Adams
  • Tight Ends: Clancy Barone
  • Offensive Quality Control: Henry Burris
  • Offensive Line: Juan Castillo
  • Pass Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks: John DeFillipo
  • Wide Receivers: Mike Furrey
  • Assistant Special Teams: Brian Ginn
  • Offensive Analyst/Special Projects: Tom Herman
  • Assistant Strength & Conditioning: Anthony Hibbert
  • Assistant Wide Receivers: Chris Jackson
  • Assistant Strength & Conditioning: Casey Kramer
  • Head Strength & Conditioning: Jason Loscalzo
  • Inside Linebackers: Bill McGovern
  • Senior Defensive Assistant: Mike Pettine
  • Running Backs: Michael Pitre
  • Assistant Offensive Line: Donovan Raiola
  • Defensive Line: Chris Rumpf
  • Outside Linebackers: Bill Schuey
  • Offensive Quality Control/Assistant Quarterbacks: Mike Snyder
  • Defensive Quality Control: Shane Toub
  • Secondary: Deshea Townsend
  • Defensive Quality Control: Ronell Williams

Past coaches

Matt Nagy has served as Bears head coach since 2018. He has guided the team to the postseason in two of three seasons, but the club has posted matching records of 8-8 over the past two campaigns. Including Nagy, just five men have roamed the sidelines while in charge of Chicago since the turn of the century. Here’s a peek at the overall records for each Bears head coach over that span.

CoachTenureRegular SeasonPostseason
Matt Nagy2018-present28-200-2
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 27 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.