With a losing season already guaranteed, it’s now been four years since the Chicago Bears posted a winning record, tied for the longest stretch this decade for the franchise.
The Bears do have a pair of 8-8 campaigns in that time frame, but things seem to be going in the wrong direction, as evidenced by Chicago’s 3-10 record to date.
What started out as a year full of promise in Illinois betting circles has quickly turned into a winter of discontent, as quarterback Justin Fields and company have gone from winning two of three out of the gate to a dreary six-game losing streak.
IllinoisBet.com wanted to see how the Bears’ current streak of futility stacks up to the rest of the NFL.
Consecutive Non-Winning Seasons Current
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How the Chicago Bears Stack Up in the NFL
The Bears currently are tied for the fifth longest run of consecutive non-winning seasons, alongside Detroit, Jacksonville, Carolina and Atlanta.
The Lions (who are 6-7), Jaguars, Panthers and Falcons (who are each 5-8) have a non-zero shot at winning enough games to finish 9-8, at least, as do two of the three teams ahead of Chicago on the list (the New York Jets and Giants).
As for this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook Illinois BetMGM list the Bears at +310 on the moneyline and as a 9-point underdog.
The Jets currently have the longest run of consecutive non-winning seasons at six, though they are 7-6 this year.
The 3-10 Denver Broncos are the lone team ahead of the Bears that’s secured a losing season this year. Depending on what happens with the Jets, Giants and Washington the rest of the way, the Broncos might have the longest non-winning season streak in the NFL by the end of the year.
As for the Bears, the rest of the season includes home games against Buffalo and Minnesota, offset with a Week 17 contest in Detroit against the Lions.
Of those four teams, only Detroit has a losing record, while the Eagles are 12-1 and the Bills and Vikings are 10-3.
For now, at least fans of the Bears know their winter of discontent has an end date, as Chicago’s final game of the season is Jan. 8.
For those searching for silver linings, the Bears still have a shot at the No. 1 overall pick in 2023.