In the most shocking development of the NFL offseason, Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck will retire from the NFL. The team's odds at Sports Interaction have dropped significantly.
The news shocked the football world late Saturday night when Colts star Quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 29. “I’m going to retire, this is not an easy decision,” Luck said after the Colts’ preseason loss to the Chicago Bears on Saturday. “This is the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”
Entering this season, the Colts were the +115 favourites to win the AFC South, projected to have a win total of 9.5, and a strong +1600 contender for the Super Bowl – but those numbers were quickly taken off the board at Sports Interaction and across every major sports book around the world.
Colts numbers re-opened Sunday with the team moving from favourites to win the division, to underdogs, now paying +2000 to win the AFC outright. The team’s new win total is 6.5, and the Colts are also massive long shots to win the Super Bowl now listed at +5000.
Luck was the NFL’s first overall pick in 2012, had 171 career touchdown passes, four Pro Bowl appearances and was the 2018 Comeback Player of the Year. Luck has been battling an injury to his left leg this preseason, described as a high ankle issue.
Entering this season, he was listed as a top-three candidate to claim the the NFL’s MVP trophy paying +800 to win it, behind only Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes.
The Colts meet the Chargers in Los Angeles in week one. Prior to the retirement announcement the Chargers opened as 3-point favourites. Jacoby Brissett now takes over the reins of a Colts offence that is blessed with alot of talent including T.Y. Hilton, Marlon Mack, Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron and rookie Parris Campbell. The new number at Sports Interaction list the Chargers as 7.5-point favourites.
Of note, as a goodwill gesture Sports Interaction is refunding Andrew Luck futures for MVP and Most passing yards prop.