Chicago Bears open at 40/1 odds to win Super Bowl 51

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Harold Jones-Quartey #29 of the Chicago Bears runs out with teammates to the field for warm-ups prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on January 3, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Early Super Bowl 51 favorites have been named following the conclusion of Super Bowl 50, but for Chicago’s team, the chances look pretty bleak.

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, perhaps the most notorious sports bettors’ venue in the country, listed three teams as tied for No. 1. Spoiler alert: the Bears weren’t one of them. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will enter the offseason as 8-1 co-favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl. The Bears? They came in at 40/1 odds. The Cleveland Browns are the biggest long-shots at 200/1.

All three of Westgate SuperBook’s co-favorites made the playoffs last season, but were dispatched before the big game, while the Bears missed the playoffs after a last-place finish in the NFC North.

Bovada, a popular online sportsbook, also listed the Bears as 40/1 odds to win next year’s top NFL prize. Another outlet, MyTopSportsbooks, was even more harsh, listing Chicago at 50/1 odds.

Though the odds don’t look good now, the Bears should improve thanks to the return of wide receiver Kevin White, a highly touted college player whom the Bears drafted seventh overall last year before he missed the season due to a shin injury. They will, however, also take the field next year without former offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who oversaw arguably Jay Cutler’s best season in Chicago. Gase was hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins after the 2015 regular season.

Plus, just ask the reigning champion Denver Broncos, who many expected to be blown out in this year’s big game, about the oddsmakers. The Broncos stunned the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday behind an overwhelming defensive performance.

Super Bowl 51 will take place on Feb. 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.