Browns Win Total, Futures Odds Move After Deshaun Watson Agrees To 11-Game Suspension
Nick Cammett/Getty Images. Pictured: Deshaun Watson.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will reportedly be suspended the first 11 games of the 2022 NFL season, plus a $5 million fine, according to ProFootballTalk.
Watson was originally tabbed with a six-game suspension by an independent arbiter, after two dozen women filed civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct against the 26-year-old quarterback.
Watson took his first snaps in more than a year and half in Cleveland’s preseason opener on Aug. 13. He completed one of his five attempts for seven yards in the Browns’ 24-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sean Koerner, Action Network’s Director of Predictive Analytics, tabs Watson as the eighth-most valuable quarterback to the betting spread — the five-point value rating is tied with reigning Super Bowl champion, Matthew Stafford.
Browns Win Total
When the suspension was just six games, Koerner had the Browns at a 44% chance of going over their then-number of 9.5.
Now that the suspension has been increased to 11 games, here’s how Koerner projects the Browns’ win total at 8.5:
Over 8.5: 49%
Under 8.5: 51%
Browns Futures Odds
The Browns begin the 2022 regular season on the road against the Panthers.
Cleveland originally opened a 4.5-point favorite for Week 1, but cratered following the Watson suspension. The Browns then crossed the key number of 3, dropping as low as -1.
Cleveland’s consensus Super Bowl price is +3000.
The club plays its next preseason game this Sunday at home against the Eagles. The Browns are 2.5-point underdogs, while the total of 36.5 marks the lowest on the entire Week 2 slate (you can check all preseason odds here).
Browns First 11 Games
- @ Panthers
- vs. Jets
- vs. Steelers
- @ Falcons
- vs. Chargers
- vs. Patriots
- @ Ravens
- vs. Bengals
- @ Dolphins
- @ Bills
- vs. Buccaneers