With the final week of the preseason approaching, the Indianapolis Colts got some optimistic news about the recovery of starting quarterback, Carson Wentz. Just a few weeks ago, Wentz was scheduled to miss 5-12 weeks with a foot injury.

On Monday however, Wentz told the media that “I’ve played through a lot worse” and expects to be ready for Week 1 when Indianapolis hosts the Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 12th.

The fact that he anticipates he will be good to go for the start of Week 1 is encouraging. What is worrisome however is that it does not sound like he will be at 100%.

Colts vs Lions Pick

This fresh start for Carson Wentz is huge for his career. Last we saw him, he played some of the worst football of his career and was shown to be injury-prone. Being less than 100% physically only risks the likelihood of him reinjuring himself, as his mobility could be limited.

Furthermore, players tend to be more tentative and cautious when they are playing through an injury. Thus, their mental aspect of the game could be compromised. Especially for Carson, there had been rumors in Philadelphia that he was mentally unstable at times.

Colts vs Lions Pick and Preview

If Wentz does indeed play, he will be arguably under the most pressure to perform this season in order to save his career. If not, I do not anticipate a team giving him a third chance at a starting job in the NFL.

In case Wentz does sit Week 1 or gets injured at any point during the season, the Colts will need to have a solid plan B option in place. The good news is that fellow QB’s Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger have gotten all the reps in training camp and preseason which should bode well for their preparation.

Neither Eason nor Ehlinger’s play throughout the first two games have stood out thus far. Yet, they do have one last opportunity to impress in this exhibition game vs Detroit.

Lions Looking to Surprise People This Season

From the Lions’ perspective, their play this preseason has been encouraging despite their two losses. Given the fact that most experts around the league are predicting them to be the worst team in football this year, it is encouraging to see them play hard.

First-year head coach Dan Campell has shown to be tough-minded already. It seems to me that their players are starting to take on the personality of him which bodes well for their locker room and team chemistry.

Especially since Detroit lacks upper echelon talent, they must fully buy-in and play their hardest if they plan on being respectable this year. In my opinion, their ceiling is what the New York Giants did last season.

They played hard under a first-year tough-minded coach in Joe Judge and developed a positive culture moving forward to this year.

Who Will Take Home the Victory

Considering the Colts have more to figure out with their backup quarterback situation, I anticipate both Eason and Ehlinger to play hard which will ultimately help Indianapolis win the game in the end.

Not to mention, their team is much more talented than Detroit which also bodes well for their chances.