Carson Wentz Surgery Moves Odds on Colts Futures & Week 1 vs. Seahawks
Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images. Pictured: Carson Wentz
Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback Carson Wentz has decided to undergo surgery on his foot, which will sideline him for 5-to-12 weeks. The team announced the decision on Monday.
When the news was announced, the Colts were +2800 at DraftKings to win the Super Bowl. Win totals and AFC South futures were off the board.
FanDuel had the Colts win total at 9.5 still, with the under -150. The Seahawks moved to -3 for the Week 1 matchup at Indianapolis.
July 31 Update
There’s not much we know about the foot injury Carson Wentz suffered in practice, but with the quarterback out “indefinitely” sportsbooks have adjusted betting lines accordingly.
Wentz was injured on Thursday in practice with what’s being reported as a bone and ligament issue. As he sees specialists to determine the future, the Indianapolis Colts will need to decide on rehab or surgery. NFL Network has suggested Wentz will at least miss the entire preseason.
Whichever the route, the news has forced an adjustment for the Week 1 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks to begin the regular season.
Prior to the injury, the Colts were listed as 2.5-point favorites at home against the Seahawks at DraftKings. That line has since flipped with Seattle coming in as a 2.5-point road favorite. The total is 49.5.
At FanDuel, Seattle is a 1.5-point favorite. The total is 50.
The Colts win total was 9.5 before the injury, but the under was plus-money. The line hasn’t changed, but the odds have. The plus-money is now on the over. DraftKings has the over at +110 with the under -140. FanDuel is -130 to the under.
Without Wentz, the Colts will turn to Jacob Eason, Sam Ehlinger or Brett Hundley, who was signed on Saturday.
Hundley did not appear in a game in 2020 with the Arizona Cardinals and threw just 11 passes in 2019 across three games. His first three years were with the Green Bay Packers and had a one-year stop with the Seahawks in 2018.
Eason is entering his second season in the NFL. He was a highly-rated college prospect who played for Georgia before transferring to Washington. The Colts drafted him in the fourth round in 2020.
Ehlinger is a rookie out of Texas drafted in the sixth round.