Carson Wentz Did Tear His ACL, Which Only Changes Everything

Matthew Jordan

Monday, December 11, 2017 1:41 AM UTC

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 1:41 AM UTC

Devastating news for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday as superstar quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending torn ACL. That totally changes the NFC playoff picture.

When’s the last time you saw a somber locker room after a team clinched a division title? That likely was the case Sunday evening in Los Angeles for the Philadelphia Eagles. They rallied to beat the Los Angeles Rams 43-35 to clinch the NFC East, Philly’s first division title since 2013 – which was also the team’s last playoff berth.

However, star quarterback Carson Wentz left in the third quarter with what has been confirmed to be a torn ACL. That throws the NFC completely wide open. Wentz was spectacular before leaving in the third quarter. He threw four touchdown passes and had 33 TD throws on the season, already an Eagles franchise record. His final TD actually came a few plays after the apparent injury, on fourth down to Alshon Jeffery to give the Eagles the lead.

Wentz was hurt diving into the end zone for what would have been a touchdown but was wiped out by a holding penalty on tackle Lane Johnson. During the dive, Rams linebacker Mark Barron hit him low – right in the knee area – and defensive end Morgan Fox rolled over top of him while he was on the ground. Wentz got up limping, but stayed in to finish the series.

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Here's a look at Carson Wentz walking off the field shortly after leaving the game with an injury. pic.twitter.com/jh3vHdxkmW

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Needless to say, all the futures odds at SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks have changed dramatically in the wake of this news, which was confirmed by the team on Monday. The Eagles had been +250 favorites to win the NFC title and +600 second-favorites to win Super Bowl LII behind New England (+300). Now at Bovada, Phillly is +300 to win the NFC, behind Minnesota (+275), and +900 for the Super Bowl (now also behind Steelers and Vikings). Wentz had been the betting leader to win the NFL MVP Award in just his second season. The Pats’ Tom Brady is now the -500 favorite at Bovada.

Wentz’s backup is Nick Foles. He was 6-for-10 for 42 yards in place of Wentz on Sunday. Foles has plenty of starting experience and had a spectacular 2013 season with the Eagles when he threw 27 touchdown passes to just two picks. That was clearly an outlier, however, as Foles has never approached that level again. He spent last season as a backup in Kansas City and rejoined the Eagles this past offseason.

As things stand, the Eagles (11-2) would have the top seed in the NFC but are just one game ahead of Minnesota. Philly is at the New York Giants this week, with an opening line of -9. Philadelphia then closes with home games against the Raiders and Cowboys. So Wentz’s injury might not affect just the Eagles but perhaps the AFC West race (Oakland) and the NFC wild-card chase (Dallas) as well.

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