Colts’ odds soar after injury to QB Carson Wentz

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When Carson Wentz was expected to commencement astatine backmost for the Colts, Indianapolis was a 3-point location favourite implicit the Seattle Seahawks astatine Circa Sports successful Week 1 of the NFL season.

With Wentz present expected to miss 5 to 12 weeks with a breached foot, that enactment has flipped to Seattle -3½.

The Colts’ futures likelihood astatine the Westgate besides soared from 25-1 to 40-1 to triumph the Super Bowl and from 12-1 to 20-1 to triumph the AFC.

“Their backup backmost concern doesn’t look beauteous connected paper,” Westgate sportsbook manager John Murray said.

Indianapolis, which besides mislaid All-Pro near defender Quenton Nelson for 5 to 12 weeks Monday, besides with a breached foot, plans to usage Jacob Eason arsenic the starting quarterback, followed connected the extent illustration by rookie Sam Ehlinger and journeyman Brett Hundley.

“They truly don’t person a seasoned quarterback, and that was the large question people with the Colts,” Red Rock Resort sportsbook manager Chuck Esposito said. “Even with a steadfast Carson Wentz, determination was a question if helium could get them to the adjacent level. Without him, they’re decidedly successful large occupation unless they get a seasoned quarterback.”

Circa lowered the Colts’ triumph full from 10 (u-120) to 9 (u-120) and adjusted the part odds, moving Tennessee to a -140 favourite and Indianapolis to the 2-1 2nd choice, followed by Jacksonville (+770) and Houston (22-1).

Station and different books took down Indianapolis’ play triumph full and AFC South part odds.

“The Colts person 1 of the toughest aboriginal archetypal period schedules successful the league,” Esposito said. “Without Wentz, they could get disconnected to a dilatory start.”

After opening against Seattle, Indianapolis hosts the Los Angeles Rams, past has 3 consecutive roadworthy games astatine Tennessee, Miami and Baltimore.

Circa besides raised Wentz’s NFL MVP likelihood from 25-1 to 150-1 and added Eason — a fourth-round 2020 draught prime who hasn’t appeared successful an NFL crippled — to the MVP database astatine 150-1.

“I deliberation Nick Foles is simply a feline they’ll people conscionable due to the fact that he’s acquainted with (Colts coach) Frank Reich and their clip with the Eagles together,” Esposito said. “He’s not going to play for the Bears down Andy Dalton and Justin Fields.”

Contact newsman Todd Dewey astatine tdewey@reviewjournal.com. Follow @tdewey33 connected Twitter.

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