The Indianapolis Colts are in desperate need of a win Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
A loss would drop the team to 0-3 in what would be a nightmare start to the 2021 season.
That means some drastic measures must be taken and the most notable includes Carson Wentz getting the start even though he is nursing two sprained ankles.
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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 26, 2021
A contingency plan in this scenario is putting Jacob Eason out there if Wentz is hobbled.
But if he is getting the start in the first place, it appears the team is just going to see how it goes as long as he can stand upright.
A Potential Turning Point
This week could be a rough one for the Colts.
First up, going to 0-3 so early in the season would really hurt the team’s playoff chances in an AFC filled with contenders.
The Titans would instantly vault to the top spot in the AFC South as well without much competition.
Worse than that, Wentz may only get hurt worse if he is playing on two sprained ankles.
— Gentry Estes (@Gentry_Estes) September 26, 2021
He is supposed to be the starter every week and is already in a situation where he is limited in what he can do.
Can he even scramble without terrible pain?
So much is on the line for this team way too early in the season.
A Proper Plan
Frank Reich has to make it clear to Wentz to get the ball out quick and not take any hits.
That is obviously easier said than done, but it is still something to keep in mind.
But the Titans defense knows the situation and should be bringing extra pressure all afternoon.
Wentz must also be told to not take off running.
If nothing is there, just throw it away and live to play another down.
This is a serious situation and he can’t ignore the fact he is only playing because his ankles will be taped so tight he can’t feel them.
And if his play is clearly too limited, Eason can come in even if only for a few plays.
The other factor in play here is how the Colts defense holds up trying to stop Derrick Henry and the Titans offense.
If they can’t get stops, Wentz’s status may not even matter in the end.