The Chicago Bears just scored a major win over the San Francisco 49ers, but you wouldn’t know it if you ask Vegas.

According to ESPN‘s Joe Fortenbaugh, the Green Bay Packers are a nine-point favorite for the Week 2 matchup in Green Bay.

Talk about a slap in the face.

The Bears were 6.5-point underdogs against the San Fransisco 49ers, whom many consider a playoff team, and beat them by nine points. Chicago’s stout defense and opportunistic offense is what keyed the 10-point comeback and the 19 unanswered points that ended up making the ultimate difference in the win.

The Packers, on the other hand, looked totally inept on both offense and defense against the Minnesota Vikings. Aaron Rodgers looked overwhelmed throughout the game and was sacked four times in the 23-7 loss.

It’s understandable to be a six-, even seven-point underdog, but more than a touchdown? After what we just saw this week?


Sure, the Bears have lost the last six meetings and 11 of the last 12 overall, but this looks like a different Bears team under Matt Eberflus.

Then again, it could just be beginner’s luck. It’s clear Vegas believes so.

The Bears may as well get used to this all season long, however. Most are going to doubt them week-in/week-out until they string together big wins on a consistent basis. Flying under the radar tends to serve teams well and I’m sure the Bears don’t mind doing so, at all.

Regardless, things are moving in the right direction. And you better believe a win next week would quickly change the current -and future- perception of the team.

Especially considering the literal odds they face.

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