This was supposed to be the year the Indianapolis Colts challenged the Patriots for AFC supremacy.
The Colts’ Super Bowl odds plummeted Saturday night after the shocking retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck.
BetOnline.ag shifted the Colts Super Bowl odds from +1600 to +5000, while there win total declined from 9.5 to 6.5. That wasn’t all however, as BetOnline.ag also moved the Colts from AFC South favorites (+100), to the worst odds to win the division (+450). Indianapolis also saw their odds to win the AFC move from +800 to +2500.
Tough Luck ?
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) August 25, 2019
Luck shocked the NFL with the news of his retirement, which he announced in a press conference following the team’s preseason loss to the Bears. The 29-year old cited the assortment of injuries he’s battled throughout his career as the main cause.
“I felt stuck and the only way out of it is to no longer play football,” Luck said. “It’s taken my joy away from the game.”
Luck is currently battling a high left ankle injury that is a result of a calf strain. He missed the entire 2017 season due to a shoulder injury. He rebounded in 2018, throwing for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns while leading the Colts back to the playoffs and earning his fourth Pro Bowl nod.
Without Luck, Indianapolis will turn to former Patriot quarterback Jacoby Brissett to start the season at quarterback.