Despite the Philadelphia road win over the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday the odds for the Eagles to win Super Bowl 52 dropped to 12-to-1. And this raises the question as to what the dropoff is between MVP candidate Carson Wentz and backup Nick Foles. The Eagles own the best record in the NFC and at press time of this NFL Futures piece are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers at 11-2 on the season. Odds to Win Super Bowl LII (Dec 11).
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson told NFL.com on Monday “that second-year quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday, tearing his left ACL in Philadelphia’s 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams.”
Wentz injured the knee on a third-quarter scrambling dive into the end zone. The running play was a touchdown that was called back because of holding penalty on tackle Lane Johnson. The second-year starting quarterback was hit by a pair of Rams defenders on the run.
However, Pederson told the local media “he believed the injury occurred right before the hit on Wentz.”
“It appears watching the film again today it was actually before the contact so it could be a non-contact deal,” Pederson said after arriving back in Philadelhia on Monday. “But that’s just what it appears like on tape.”
NFL.com’s Marc Sessler wrote “Wentz courageously played through the pain for another four snaps, ultimately finding Alshon Jeffery for a 2-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal. After the drive, Wentz retreated to the locker room, giving way to backup Nick Foles, who led the team to a pair of field goal drives and the costly victory.”
Just when we believed it was time to spend the week debating whether Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers should return to the field and start against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday with the aim of leading the Packers to a postseason berth the league will be without Wentz.
Foles was pedestrian in his replacement of Wentz on Sunday, going 6-of-10 for 42 yards in the second half against the Rams. In his lone start as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs last year the now-starting signal-caller for the Eagles registered fewer than 6 yards per attempt. Foles threw as many balls to the opposing secondary as he did to Chief receivers and recorded Total QBR of just 12.5.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell reminds us that franchises have won Super Bowls after losing field generals during the regular season. “The most recent example would be in 1990, when Phil Simms was posting career-best numbers in just about every category before breaking his foot in Week 15. Simms’ injury forced the Giants to turn things over to Jeff Hostetler, who had thrown 68 unmemorable passes over six previous seasons in the league. Hostetler promptly won each of his five ensuing games as a starter, throwing for six touchdowns without an interception, as the Giants rode their defense and a famous missed field goal to win Super Bowl XXV.”
The Las Vegas Super Book, WestGate, has updated their Odds to Win Super Bowl 52:
Odds to Win Super Bowl LII (Dec 11)