Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky’s MVP odds are laughable

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The odds on the Chicago Bears quarterback to win the league MVP award are downright laughable.

It’s Wednesday Chicago Bears fans, and what better time than “hump day” to introduce a little humor into your week. And boy do we have a doozie for you today. If you are in need of a good laugh — and I meant like a gut-busting, tear evoking, can barely breathe laugh — then I’ve got great news for you.

This one comes to us courtesy of our friends at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, which yesterday announced the odds to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award.

If you’re looking for the Bear with the best odds to win it, that would be Khalil Mack at 100/1 (not bad if you wanted to throw a shekel or two on him).

The Bear on the list with the longest odds to win the award? That would be Tari Cohen who comes in at a whopping 300/1.

But the laugh-out-loud, wet your pants, slap your knee fantastically absurd odds come at the hands of the most picked-apart Bear on the team. You guessed it — Mitchell Trubisky.

Mitch is currently at 200/1 to win the award. Now look, Mitch showed excellent growth last season and all accounts in the preseason are that he’s set to make another substantial leap in his progression. But yours truly is under no delusions that he is or should be considered a favorite to win the MVP. In fact, it’s fair to characterize him as a longshot to win it, since, in reality, that’s what he is — even if he makes a big leap forward — and even on a Super Bowl contending team.

However, the part that is laughable is the list of names that are ahead of Mitch — particularly the quarterbacks. I’m not even referring to the group of quarterbacks who are arguably on the decline in their careers and whose odds are probably based more on name recognition than anything else — looking at you Kirk Cousins. You could even throw in guys like Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston (though the addition of Bruce Arians at least makes him an interesting play).

I’m referring to the quarterbacks who, based on their performance, or in some cases lack thereof, have no business being ahead of Trubisky on this list. In that category, I would put Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold, and Kyler Murray.

But someone much smarter than me when it comes to football is going to have to explain how those three have better odds than Mitch.

Was it Lamar Jackson’s 58 percent completion percentage, his 6 touchdowns or 3 interceptions that are so appealing? Maybe Darnold’s 17 touchdowns to 15 interceptions and a blistering 57.7 percent completion percentage? As for Murray, I have no earthly idea how he ended up higher than Mitch other than the fact that the hype machine is in full effect. With the Arizona Cardinals offensive line, he may spend more time on his back than his feet.

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Now granted, these odds are set to encourage action one way or another, but that means that the general public has no faith in Trubisky and would rather put their money on three quarterbacks who collectively have done little or nothing to warrant that level of confidence. It’s just one more example of the disrespect being heaped on Trubisky. Me thinks there is going to be a shortage of crow come the end of the season.