Bears vs. Titans Week 1 Opening Odds Forecast Hot Start for Caleb Williams

The opening odds for the Chicago Bears' Week 1 matchup versus the Tennessee Titans think Caleb Williams will start his tenure on a high note.
May 10, 2024; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Williams throws the ball during
May 10, 2024; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Williams throws the ball during / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears fans are buzzing after the NFL's official schedule release Wednesday night, which set the stage for the entire 2024 campaign.

Many are looking forward to Week 1, as it'll mark top pick Caleb Williams' first NFL start. And after the schedule release, Williams now knows it's the Tennessee Titans he'll be battling in his pro debut.

Even though Williams will enter that contest without an NFL appearance under his belt, oddsmakers are bullish on the USC product ahead of his first game.

FanDuel Sportsbook lists the Bears as solid 4.5-point home favorites (-118 to cover) versus the Titans (-104) in Week 1. Chicago's a strong -240 on the moneyline as well, while Tennessee is a clear underdog at +198.

There's obviously time for this line to change, but it speaks to the Bears' overall impressive offseason that they're this big of favorites from the jump.

Williams headlines the list of big-name additions on offense, though this team's wide receiver corps has received major reinforcements as well, with Keenan Allen and rookie Rome Odunze joining 2023 standout D.J. Moore.

That's not even to mention the signings of reigning Pro Bowl running back D'Andre Swift to improve this backfield, productive veteran Gerald Everett to bolster the tight end group, and former All-Pro safety Kevin Byard coming in to replace Eddie Jackson.

Tennessee's done well in bringing in top talent this offseason -- adding the likes of Calvin Ridley, Tony Pollard and L'Jarius Sneed -- but its uncertainty at QB is a major liability.

Will Levis is now taking over as the starter, yet his 3-6 record to close last season doesn't inspire a ton of confidence. His 8 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions across nine contests look solid on their own, but those numbers are propped up by a 4-TD showing in his first appearance -- which means he managed just 4 TDs and 4 INTs over his final eight games.

With the Titans' defense experiencing big changes and a new head coach on the sidelines, it'd be no surprise if this squad takes a few weeks before finding its footing.

Given all of that going against Tennessee, this revamped Bears roster should have little issues beating the Titans by at least a touchdown.

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