In a terrible bit of news, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL and is out for the rest of the season, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. Wentz is one of the most exciting young players in the league and his loss will be felt throughout the league.
The Eagles were previously the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, but their favor has fallen with Nick Foles expected to be under center. According to oddsmaker Bovada, the Minnesota Vikings are now the slight favorite to win the conference and the top two seeds in the conference are projected to be helmed by Foles and QB Case Keenum.
With the Eagles’ drop in the NFC, the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers saw their odds of winning Super Bowl LII increase, too. The Patriots are still the favorite with 9/4 odds (30.8%), with the Steelers in second with 4/1 (20.0%).
Bovada also removed Wentz from their MVP odds and Patriots QB Tom Brady is now given 1/5 odds (83.3%) of winning the award. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is second with 15/2 odds (11.8%) and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is third with 20/1 (4.8%).
A trio of Pittsburgh Steelers follow with QB Ben Roethlisberger (20/1), WR Antonio Brown (25/1), and RB Le’Veon Bell (33/1), but the inclusion of all three means that none really have a chance of winning.
Hopefully Wentz is able to make a full recovery this offseason and will be ready to play at the start of next year. We wish him the best during his recovery.