In what was a surprise during the NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears were able to take former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the first round. This immediately created a quarterback controversy in Chi-town, as many Bears fans will want the talented rookie to start right away. Will the Bears allow for that to happen or will they start Andy Dalton? You can wager on just that, as DraftKings has a betting market available for which quarterback will be the starter in Week 1 for the 2021 season.
Let’s take a look at the latest odds for who will be the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears in Week 1 of the NFL season, per DraftKings Sportsbook. The choices are Andy Dalton, Justin Fields, and Nick Foles is the long shot.
Bears Week 1 Starting QB Odds
After the NFL Draft, there was no doubt who the Bears’ quarterback of the future is in Justin Fields. The question becomes, who is the starting quarterback for Week 1 this year. At DraftKings Sportsbook Illinois, there is a betting market that allows you to wager on who you think will be the signal-caller for Week 1 in Chicago. Here’s a look at the odds.
The Chicago Bears starting quarterback in Week 1 will be __________ pic.twitter.com/L9hSaeuvd4
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) May 3, 2021
Andy Dalton is a clear favorite at -200, but Justin Fields is right behind him at +200 to start in Week 1. Nick Foles is slated to be the third-string quarterback but his odds are +800 as well. Who are you betting on?
Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace have been adamant that Andy Dalton is the Bears’ starting quarterback…but is that coach speak? Time will tell, especially when training camp starts as there will certainly be a battle between Dalton and Fields for the starting gig.
Bears Starting Quarterback Odds – Fields to Sit?
The Chicago Bears traded up to the 11th spot in the 2021 NFL Draft to take Justin Fields, but will he start in year one? The Packers are not the only one with a QB dilemma in the NFC North, as the Fields/Dalton saga will be one to follow.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 30, 2021
Most first round rookie quarterbacks will start in year one, but the Bears are in a unique situation after signing a more-than-capable stopgap in Andy Dalton. The problem is, how long will that last. For this specific DK Illinois betting market, you only have to wager on who will be starting in Week 1, which currently seems like it will be Dalton. Should they struggle, it is quite evident that the Bears’ faithful will want Fields to play.
Will Andy Dalton start for the Bears?
As of early May after the NFL Draft, it is quite clear that the Bears are saying that Andy Dalton is the starting quarterback at this time. Chicago Bears’ beat writer Jason Lieser has even gone far enough to say that the plan is clearly to have Justin Fields learn for a year behind Andy Dalton. This makes the current price on DK Sportsbook of Dalton -200 to be a value, despite the juice.
Things could change once Justin Fields arrives and gets to compete, but for now, Matt Nagy & Ryan Pace could not be clearer that the plan is for him to learn behind Andy Dalton in 2021.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) May 1, 2021
Does that mean it is a given? As we have seen in the NFL, anything is possible and anything can change. More than likely, this is posturing by the Bears’ front office to keep the peace entering training camp with a veteran presence.
With that said, let’s look into some Bears not-so-distant history. Back in 2017 with Mitch Trubisky as a newly-drafted rookie, he did not start until Week 5 as Mike Glennon won the starting job. That was after Chicago drafted him second overall. Or course, this was a different head coach (John Fox), but the precedence remains true.
Who are you betting on to be the Bears’ starting QB in Week 1?
- Andy Dalton (-200)
- Justin Fields (+200)
- Nick Foles (+800)
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