Obviously the news about Indianapolis Colts expected starting quarterback Carson Wentz getting hurt and needing foot surgery caused a bit of a stir earlier this week and immediately kicked off speculation about a trade for a veteran quarterback.
And because of his relationship with Colts head coach Frank Reich, current Bears thrid-string QB Nick Foles’ name came up.
Sportsbooks too have jumped in on this and starting setting odds for which quarterback will start week one for Indianapolis. Initially, rookie Jacob Eason was the favorite, but this morning Draftkings, one of the biggest mobile betting sportsbooks, announced that they shifted their odds:
Nick Foles (+250) is the favorite to start the season as the Colts QB…— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) August 4, 2021
He is currently on the Chicago Bears. pic.twitter.com/Rm0Hbhivi0
Two things are interesting to me about this. The first is actually that Eason isn’t listed on the odds, which is eye-brow raising when you consider that he was mentioned as the next man up by Reich himself and as recently this morning Tom Pelissero of NFL.com and NFLN says that Eason is indeed going to get the first shot and the main reason the Colts haven’t made a trade.
The second is what DK Sportsbook points out in their tweet: Nick Foles is on the Bears. Putting money on him (granted, it’s still at plus money, which says that it’s not the most likely outcome).
This whole prop smells to me, it’s a DraftsKing money grab essentially. If Eason goes out and stinks up the first couple preseason games, then the Colts will be picking up the phone and making a deal. If he’s decent, they might stick to their guns and then DK can just cash all these tickets come 1:15 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 12.
Not listing Eason as an option is a disingenuous by DraftKings, they should have him at something like -150 or -200. That would say that you have to bet 150 or 200 units in order to win 100.
Unless you think DraftKings knows something the general public doesn’t. What do you think? Will Foles be on the Bears or Colts sideline come week one?