- The Indianapolis Colts have acquired QB Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Wentz will be reunited with former Eagles Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich in Indianapolis.
- Indianapolis’ Super Bowl LVI odds have shifted from +2500 to +2000 at BetMGM after the trade.
It didn’t have the same massive effect as the Tom Brady move to Tampa Bay last offseason but the Indianapolis Colts’ move to acquire QB Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday has shifted their betting odds.
At BetMGM, the Colts’ odds moved from +2500 to +2500. PointsBet and SportsBetting.ag also have Indianapolis listed at +2500 while DraftKings slightly adjusted their odds from +2500 to +2200. The movement isn’t that significant, unlike the Brady Effect which saw Tampa Bay’s odds move from +6000 to +1600.
But then again, Wentz is no Brady. For the Colts however, they hope he resurrects his once promising career with them.
Eagles 2nd Overall Pick in 2016
Carson Wentz Career Eagles Stats
▪️Record: 35-32-1 (0-1 playoffs)
▪️Comp %: 62.6
▪️Pass yards: 16,811
▪️Pass rating: 89.2
🏆Super Bowl LII champ
🏆2017 Pro Bowl
🏆FASTEST Eagles QB EVER to 💯 TDs pic.twitter.com/YivQ9oDtBd
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) February 18, 2021
Wentz was the Eagles’ 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He played his first five NFL seasons with Philadelphia and his best year came in 2017 when he led the team to an 11-2 start. Wentz would miss the rest of the season after suffering an ACL injury in a week 14 game against the Rams.
Despite losing Wentz, the Eagles went all the way to Super Bowl LII where they defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. Wentz’s back-up Nick Foles took over as quarterback and won Super Bowl MVP honors. Wentz started only 11 games in 2018 and Philly made the playoffs in 2019 but lost in the Wild Card round after Wentz went out with a concussion in the first quarter.
Last season, Wentz’s campaign ended in Week 13 when the Eagles benched him in a loss to the Green Bay Packers. Rookie QB Jalen Hurts took over the starting chores and the Eagles finished 4th in the NFC East at 4-11-1. Despite Philadelphia firing head coach Doug Pederson, Wentz still asked to be traded.
Reunited With Frank Reich
Wentz and Reich reunited in Indy 🙏
Wentz was an MVP candidate with Frank Reich as his OC in 2017 pic.twitter.com/mn2lMlqjP3
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 18, 2021
Wentz will now be reunited with Frank Reich who was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator during his first two seasons in the NFL. Reich has been the head coach in Indianapolis for the past three years and he hopes that their tandem will produce a similar year to 2017.
That season, Wentz threw for 3,329 passing yards with 33 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. He posted a 60.2% completion rate and a 101.9 RTG before his season was cut short by injury. Wentz ranked 2nd in the league in passing touchdowns and led the Eagles to nine straight wins prior to getting hurt.
Despite also developing stress fracture in his back in 2018, he still managed to toss 48 touchdowns with only 14 interceptions over the next two seasons. Wentz is only of only six quarterbacks in NFL history to record 20+ TDs and 10 or fewer interceptions during three straight seasons.