An NJ Sports Betting Story Featuring QB Nick Foles And The Chicago Bears

Nick Foles is one of those names that Philadelphia Eagles fans will never forget.

The quarterback led the Birds to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

The Chicago Bears recently traded for Foles, and the expectations are high.

And DraftKings Sportsbook customers can wager on whether or not Foles will be named the Week One starter.

He is competing with Mitch Trubisky. 

Here are the current odds:

  • Foles -159
  • Trubisky +125
  • Tyler Bray +6000
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Nick Foles + Mitch Trubisky, by the numbers

The offseason quarterback debate serves as a distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic news.

The NFL Draft is the only major NJ sports betting event taking place this month.

So, why not start talking about Foles?

He will be focusing on turning things around following a disappointing season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Foles missed significant time after going down with a broken clavicle in Week One.

When the veteran returned in November, he had limited time before being replaced by rookie Gardner Minshew. In four games, Foles threw for 736 yards and three touchdowns.

Eagles fans, however, are well aware of his talents. In Super Bowl 52, his totals included 373 passing yards, three touchdowns, and one Philly Special.

Of course, Trubisky is fighting to remain the starter. In 15 starts for the Bears, he tallied 3,038 yards and 17 touchdowns (along with 10 interceptions).

So, the line is set. Now it comes down to who wins the job in training camp.

Chicago Bears + team futures at NJ sportsbooks

If and when Foles is named the starter, winning games will be the true measuring stick.

The Bears are coming off an 8-8 season in which they missed the playoffs.

DraftKings has released win totals for all 32 teams. The Chicago line is 7.5 victories.

As far as winning the NFC North goes, here are the odds:

  • Packers +125
  • Vikings +210
  • Bears +350
  • Lions +800

Bettors also can wager on whether the team will make the postseason.

“Yes” is +163. “No” is -200.

Since we are talking about random futures, Chicago is +1500 to win the NFC (Philadelphia is +750).

The Super Bowl line is +3300.

Is Nick Foles comeback player of the year?

Getting back to Foles, the ’19 season can be written off as a bad year.

Some will blame it on the injury. Others will say the Jags were a bad fit.

Regardless, the quarterback is getting a fresh start. And it means he is a candidate to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Yes, it will require winning the starting job and putting up strong numbers.

But this wager may be an attractive one for Foles fans. The line is +4000, and he has some stiff competition.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is at +2000.

Here are some of the favorites:

  • Ben Roethlisberger +400
  • J.J. Watt +400
  • Mathew Stafford +500
  • A.J. Green +600
  • Antonio Brown +700
  • Derwin James +1100
  • Cam Newtown +1400

So, those looking to bet on the next chapter of Foles’ career have options.

No matter what happens, Philly will never forget him.

About the Author

Bill Gelman

Bill Gelman is a veteran sports writer based just outside of Philadelphia and not too far from the Jersey Shore. Bill spends time in Atlantic City writing about casino openings and expansions, special events and world championship boxing at Boardwalk Hall. He is now adding NJ sports betting and online gambling to the mix.