Carson Wentz redemption story crashes and burns in brutal loss to Titans

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Carson Wentz took a shotgun drawback backed up against his ain extremity zone, waited for the surface walk to choky extremity Mo Alie-Cox to open, but past watched arsenic 2 Tennessee Titans defenders hovered astir Alie-Cox — anticipating the walk — arsenic different 4 barreled toward the Indianapolis Colts quarterback.

There were lone 90 seconds near successful regulation, with the Colts and Titans some tied astatine 24, and Wentz tried to find a mode to “dirt it,” helium said postgame. He switched the shot from his close manus to the near arsenic Bud Dupree grabbed onto his jersey, and flipped a wobbly off-hand walk into the aerial that fluttered close into the hands of Tennessee cornerback Elijah Molden. Molden walked into the extremity zone, giving the Titans a seven-point lead. 

“Didn’t deliberation they would ever beryllium reasoning that astatine that constituent successful the game, and I’ve been astir excessively agelong to cognize that you don’t telephone a surface backed up successful that situation,” Colts caput manager Frank Reich said of the pick-six, adding that helium told Wentz and the violative enactment backmost connected the sideline that it was “100% my fault” and a mediocre play call.

Wentz hadn’t thrown an interception since Week 2 until that pass, compiling a 12:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio connected the play and adding 2 much touchdowns to that fig successful the archetypal 4th of Sunday’s crippled — extending a inclination that resembled the implicit other of the 15 interceptions successful 12 games that defined his last twelvemonth with the Philadelphia Eagles. He hadn’t thrown an interception successful 212 walk attempts, according to USA Today, which was the longest streak successful Colts franchise history.

Carson Wentz is pressured successful  his extremity  portion    by the TitansCarson Wentz is pressured successful his extremity portion by the TitansGetty Images

But successful a substance of 3 possessions crossed the last 2 minutes of regularisation and overtime against the Titans, Wentz’s agelong of mistake-free shot came crashing down to reality. 

He led a game-tying thrust successful the last seconds aft his pick-six, mostly aided by a antiaircraft walk interference that enactment the Colts connected Tennessee’s 1-yard line, but threw different costly interception successful overtime that acceptable the Titans up for a winning tract goal.

Wentz has inactive lone thrown 3 interceptions this year, but said aft the 34-31 defeat: “I consciousness similar I bushed america contiguous astatine the extremity of the crippled with those turnovers.”

The Colts acquired Wentz from the Eagles successful March for a third-round prime successful 2021 and a conditional second-round prime successful 2022. Jalen Hurts — past a rookie — had taken implicit the starting occupation for the Eagles, and Wentz threw an interception successful 9 of the 12 games helium appeared successful during the 2020 season. He besides dealt with injuries to his skill-position players and threw for much than 300 yards conscionable once, portion starring Philadelphia to lone 3 wins and a necktie that year.

A determination to Indianapolis provided optimism connected paper, arsenic the commercialized reunited Wentz with Reich, the violative coordinator during his champion years with the Eagles. Injuries threatened to derail his play erstwhile again, arsenic Wentz suffered sprains to some of his ankles successful Week 2 and had preseason ft surgery.

Carson Wentz connected  the sideline against the TitansCarson Wentz connected the sideline against the TitansGetty Images

But erstwhile helium returned to the lineup for the season-opener against the Seattle Seahawks, Wentz demonstrated an quality to pb the Colts’ discourtesy efficiently, adjacent if the wins didn’t aboveground astatine first. He constricted the interceptions too, astatine slightest until the archetypal 1 astatine the extremity of regularisation connected Sunday.

The second, and possibly the much costly, interception came with conscionable nether six minutes remaining successful overtime. Indianapolis and Tennessee had traded punts to statesman the other frame, and Wentz had pushed the Colts to a archetypal down — and person to field-goal scope — with a abbreviated walk to Michael Pittman Jr. and a scramble past the chains. Then helium faked a handoff to moving backmost Jonathan Taylor, scanned the field, and tried to deed Pittman cutting toward the sideline. But Kevin Byard dropped down from his spot supra the play, stepped successful beforehand of Pittman’s way and started moving successful the different direction.

“Probably tried to bash excessively much,” Wentz said. “Tried to unit that 1 determination to (Pittman).”

Four plays later, aft an amerciable blocking punishment pushed the Titans backmost 10 yards, Randy Bullock made a 44-yard tract extremity to triumph the game, drawback Indianapolis’ two-game winning streak and summation their divisional pb successful the AFC South.

The Colts person 4 days disconnected earlier hosting the New York Jets connected Thursday Night Football – Wentz’s archetypal accidental to forestall what’s present an outlier of a crippled from starting to go different trend.