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The Indianapolis Colts will officially begin their life after Peyton Manning on Sunday, when they visit the Chicago Bears to kick off the 2012 regular season.
Quarterback Andrew Luck will try to make this transition as easy and as painless as possible to the fans and organization, knowing that it will be nearly impossible to live up to the expectations. But all Luck can do is play his game, and be himself. We all know that he has every tool in the box to be successful at the NFL level, it’s a matter now of going out and proving it.
On the other side of the field for Chicago, they look to bounce back after a disappointing finish to the 2011 season. That was in large part due to the injury to quarterback Jay Cutler. But Cutler comes into this season healthy, and ready to challenge the Packers and Lions for the NFC North division title this season.
Oddsmakers expect Cutler and company to take care of business at home on Sunday afternoon, and begin the 2012 campaign with a victory.
Bears vs Colts Week 1 Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Chicago as nine-point home favorites over Indianapolis.
The Bears will need to win by a double-digit margin to cover in this match up, with a win by eight points or less giving the win against the spread to the Colts.
Indianapolis has not fared well over the last four seasons against the spread in Week 1, going 0-4. This trend obviously favors Chicago, who will get the benefit of opening the seasons at home in Soldier Field.
The Bears will need to win the games that they are supposed to this season if they do hope to contend for the North Division. Green Bay by all accounts looks like they are ready to make another run at the Super Bowl barring injury.
The Bears and Colts kick off at 1pm ET on Sunday afternoon, with regional coverage picked up by FOX.
Below, you can find the betting odds for this game as seen on Bovada, as well as the complete line up and corresponding betting lines for the rest of the slate in Week 1 of the NFL Season.