The Eagles have a chance to clinch the NFC East with a victory over the Titans. Carson Wentz has been terrible throughout this season, but he just may have just received a lifeline after his performance against Tennessee. Expert analysis from Around The NFL’s Chris Simms and ESPN’s Adam Schefter
The “latest news on carson wentz” is that Carson Wentz may have just received a season-saving lifeline despite his horrendous performance against the Titans. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has been struggling mightily since returning from injury, but head coach Doug Pederson said he’s not giving up on him yet.
Carson Wentz took a major step backward in Week 8 for the Indianapolis Colts, just when it looked like he was finally turning his career around. After helping his team establish an early 14-0 lead against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, he made a series of costly errors that contributed to a 34-31 overtime loss for Indy.
However, after what might have been a season-ending performance, Wentz may have just gotten a lifeline that will help him and the Colts considerably improve their playoff prospects.
The Colts paid a high price for Carson Wentz’s turnovers against the Titans.
In Week 8, the Colts needed to beat the Titans badly. With a win against Tennessee, they’d be 4-4 and one game shy of first place in the AFC South.
Wentz and company were also on a run heading into the contest, having won two consecutive games and the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback throwing just one interception all season.
However, after jumping out to a 14-0 lead against the Titans in the first quarter, the Colts allowed their opponent to equalize the game in the second quarter before retaking the lead and leading 17-14 at halftime.
After a back-and-forth second half, Wentz threw an awful interception near the goal line with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter, which Tennessee returned for six points and a 31-24 lead. The Colts, on the other hand, raced down the field and knotted the game at 31-31 with 22 seconds remaining to force overtime, but another Wentz blunder cost them in overtime. The former Pro Bowler threw an interception near midfield, which the Titans recovered to the 32-yard line before kicking a 44-yard field goal to win the game 34-31.
Overall, Wentz passed for 231 yards and three touchdowns, but in the fourth quarter and overtime, he only completed seven of 22 passes, which was just as expensive as his two game-changing interceptions. The North Dakota State product had been impressive all season, but in the most critical game of the season, he had his poorest half of football.
Due to Tennessee retaining the head-to-head tie-breaker, the Colts are now 3-5 and basically four games behind the 6-2 Titans for first place in the AFC South.
Wentz, on the other hand, may have just gotten a lifeline, albeit at the price of one of the game’s greatest players.
Derrick Henry’s season might be over after he sustained a season-ending injury.
In Week 8, the Colts did a decent job of restricting Derrick Henry, limiting him to 68 yards on 28 rushes for a 2.43 yard per carry average. Henry had rushed for 869 yards and an average of 4.55 yards per carry before the contest.
However, in the game against Indy, the 2020 AP Offensive Player of the Year sustained a foot injury that, according to ESPN, might ruin his season. On Nov. 1, the running back will get an MRI to determine the extent of his ailment.
If the season is really over, the Titans and the NFL as a whole will be devastated. Tennessee isn’t the same club without Henry, who is one of the league’s finest players.
While no one wants it to happen this way, the injury might provide Wentz with the lifeline he needs.
The possibility of Derrick Henry’s injury opens the way for Carson Wentz and the Colts.
On Oct. 31, 2021, Carson Wentz of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans. | Getty Images/Justin Casterline
Carson Wentz and the Colts have little chance of winning the AFC South if Derrick Henry is healthy. However, if the Titans are without him for the rest of the season, Indy’s prospects improve dramatically.
In addition to games against the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Miami Dolphins, Tennessee still has games against the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and San Francisco 49ers on its schedule. Teams won’t have to worry about the run with Henry out of the lineup, even though the Titans still have exceptional playmakers in A.J. Brown and Julio Jones. They’ll just push Ryan Tannehill, who has a 10-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season, to pass.
Tannehill’s increased pass attempts might lead to more turnovers. With the Titans’ defense allowing a middle-of-the-pack 24.4 points per game this season, the offense may struggle to keep up with the team’s opponents on the scoreboard, perhaps leading to numerous more defeats.
Fortunately for them, they now own a four-game lead over the Colts. Indy will also have to beat the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, and Las Vegas Raiders, among others. When his team is already so far behind in the rankings, that’s a tough schedule.
The division competition will surely heat up if the Colts can win a few of games they aren’t supposed to win, and the Colts might seize first place from the Titans.
Yes, the Colts still have a long way to go, but Derrick Henry’s potentially catastrophic injury may have just provided Wentz and the team with their last chance of the season.
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