Eagles Open as 6.5-Point Favorites Against Colts in Wentz’s Return
Aug 30, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws before a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
- Carson Wentz has been medically cleared to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in their game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
- Last week's Westgate lookahead line listed the Eagles as 7-point home favorites.
- Following the Wentz news, Philadelphia opened at -6.5 against the Colts and other offshore sportsbooks.
Sound the alarm! Carson Wentz is back! Wentz has been given the green light, and the Eagles are wasting no time in getting him back on the field. Nick Foles has obviously done an admirable job in the interim, you know, winning a Super Bowl and all, but Wentz is their franchise guy.
Foles isn’t off to the hottest start this year, throwing for just 451 yards, one touchdown and one interception while sporting a 78.9 passer rating in the Eagles’ 1-1 start to the season.
Last week, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook listed the Eagles at -7 on its lookahead line with the expectation being that Foles would still be under center.
As recently as Sunday, one sportsbook posted early lines of Philly -5.5 and -6 before they were taken off the board.
And just before 2 p.m. ET Monday, the Eagles opened at -6.5, with Pinnacle following suit shortly afterward.
This may come as a surprise, but before the season began, CG Technology’s Lead Data Analyst, William Bernanke, stated that there was only a negligible difference between Wentz and Foles in terms of value to the spread.
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Clearly, other oddsmakers are in the same boat as Bernanke, but the betting market may feel otherwise.
Wentz was on his way to an MVP season before tearing his ACL late last year. Foles still led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory, but if you asked 100 people which quarterback they would prefer to have on their team, all 100 would say Wentz.
With this in mind, bettors will likely hop on the Eagles in droves. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see the line hit the key number of -7 at some point this week across the offshore market.
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