The NFL regular season is a month away, but the Indianapolis Colts odds took a major hit thanks to some massive injury news. On Monday afternoon, the Indianapolis Colts announced QB Carson Wentz will undergo foot surgery and is expected to miss 5-12 weeks. Less than 24 hours later, the team announced that three-time All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson will also have foot surgery and is expected to miss 5-12 weeks. The Colts will now enter the 2021 NFL season without their two most important offensive players, and as such, the Colts’ odds are going through a major change at BetRivers.com. But just how much did the injury news impact sports bettors? Follow the latest updates and start your online sports betting PA experience with the best online sportsbook in the US.
A week prior to the injury news, the Colts were +2500 to win the Super Bowl and were backed by the ninth largest percentage of total Super Bowl handle (3.1%). In the wake of Wentz injury news, the Colts moved to +4000 to win the Super Bowl. Click here for the full list of 2022 Super Bowl Odds.
Heading into August, the Colts held the fifth shortest odds (+1200) to win the AFC Championship, trailing only the Chiefs, Bills, Browns and Ravens. The Colts were backed by the second most AFC Championship bets (21.3%) and the fourth most AFC Championship money (7%). But following the Wentz injury news, the Colts moved to +1800 to win the AFC Championship, the ninth shortest odds. Click here for the full list of AFC Championship odds.
The Colts were -106 favorites to win the AFC South in advance of Monday, but are now +180 to win the division, the second shortest odds behind the Tennessee Titans (-134). Prior to Monday’s news, the Colts were backed by 39% of the total handle and 47% of the total bets to win the division. Click here for the full list of AFC South Odds.
Although Wentz’s MVP odds (+6000) were in the middle of the pack prior to Monday’s news, only four players — Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, and Josh Allen — were backed by a larger percentage of total MVP handle than Wentz (8.4%). Click here for the full list of NFL MVP odds.
The Colts open the 2021 NFL regular season at home in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. The Colts were 2.5-point favorites as of late July, with the public backing the Colts with 58% of the spread handle, but just 25% of the spread bets against Seattle. The public was also backing the Colts ML with heavy money (81% of ML handle), although just 22% of total ML handle.