Chicago Bears: odds

Underdog Bears bite Eagles, oddsmakers

November, 8, 2011
Jay CutlerNick Laham/Getty ImagesJay Cutler said he doesn't pay attention to spreads, but he made doubters pay Monday.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he doesn't pay attention to point spreads, but coach Lovie Smith said Monday night that being an eight-point underdog on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles did not sit well with his team.

"We're a good football team," Smith said after his team's 30-24 victory. "Just not getting a whole lot of respect.

"When you go on the road ... and you're ... the Chicago Bears shouldn't be eight-point underdogs when we come and play a team. And the guys took notice of that."

The no-respect motive has been played repeatedly by the Bears under Smith, and often successfully. But Cutler wasn't playing along.

"I don't get involved in the spread or what the media says," Cutler said. "We knew they're a good football team. They're well-coached and have really good players."

No disrespect: Bears 10-point favorites

January, 10, 2011
The Chicago Bears prefer to be the underdog, disrespected by the media and oddsmakers. The Bears use that perceived disrespect to put a chip on their shoulders that has served them well this season.

But that motivation won't be readily available this week as the Bears opened as a 10-point favorite to beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Soldier Field.

The Seahawks also were double-digit underdogs against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, but the Seahawks won 41-36, leading Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher to criticize the "experts" during an interview on WFLD-TV on Sunday.