First, the betting line took a jump in the Bears' direction with the news of Stafford's absence. The Bears opened as a three- or 3.5-point favorite depending on the sportsbook. It moved a point to the Lions over the course of the week. The Stafford injury has seen the line jump to Bears -6.5 or -7 at various books.
The last time the Bears were this heavily favored? Week 5 against the Raiders. The Bears were a 6.5-point favorite in London before losing 24-21.
That brings us to the second point: Bears fans are in no mood for good news, optimism or confidence. A four-game losing streak will do that, but checking out the replies to our tweet detailing the news about Stafford paints a dark picture for the mental state of Bears fans.
BREAKING: Matt Stafford OUT (Back) against the Bears today: https://t.co/NWKUviKz2j
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) November 10, 2019
Yeah, Bears fans are not in a good place right now.