Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz didn’t just have the worst season of his career. It was a historically awful campaign for a signal caller.
He had one of the biggest dropoffs in NFL history for passer rating and was on pace to be sacked the most times in a season. He was benched at halftime in Week 13 and didn’t play another snap the rest of the season.
It was a brutal 2020 season for Wentz. However, it was a profitable one for Wentz bettors.
Wentz a winner for bettors
Johnny Avello, head of sportsbook and gaming operations at DraftKings, said:
“Carson scored the first touchdown in a few games at pretty big odds so that’s where the players profited.”
Wentz scored the first touchdown at odds of usually +1400 in the following games:
- Week 2 vs. Los Angeles Rams (first Eagles’ TD)
- Week 4 vs. San Francisco 49ers
- Week 7 vs. New York Giants
Most and least profitable players for bettors
The top 10 most profitable players for DraftKings customers were:
- Davante Adams
- Carson Wentz
- Alvin Kamara
- Nick Chubb
- Cam Newton
- Patrick Mahomes
- Zach Moss
- Mike Evans
- D.K. Metcalf
- David Johnson
The least profitable:
- Derrick Henry
- Ezekiel Elliott
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire
- DeAndre Hopkins
- Daniel Jones
- Ronald Jones II
- Tyreek Hill
- Evan Engram
- Chris Carson
- Cooper Kupp
What’s next for Wentz and Eagles?
Rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts replaced Wentz in Week 12 with the Eagles at 3-8-1. Hurts showed flashes of potential, but an aging roster decimated by injuries ultimately doomed the Birds to a 4-12-1 record and last place in a historically bad NFC East.
Before their Week 17 game against Washington, a report from Adam Schefter stated that Carson Wentz would seek a trade in the offseason and that his relationship with head coach Doug Pederson was “fractured beyond repair.”
Pederson was fired on Jan. 11. FanDuel listed Pederson as the favorite (+300) to be named the New York Jets head coach. In the “Philadelphia Eagles next head coach” market, Robert Saleh was the favorite (+300). The New York Jets hired him on Jan. 14 to replace Adam Gase at the helm.
Currently, Duce Staley (+300) is the favorite for the Eagles head coach position. Find updated odds on the next head coach market here (available in NJ, not PA).
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