Think Josh Gordon Will Work in New England? You Can Bet On It
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility
- With Josh Gordon being traded to New England, you can now bet on how many games he will play this season.
- The over/under is set at 9.5 games, with the under being juiced up to -250.
As you’ve heard by now, the Patriots acquired WR Josh Gordon from the Browns on Monday, sending Cleveland a conditional fifth-round pick in return.
Trade now agreed to: Patriots are sending Cleveland a 5th-round pick and if Gordon isn’t active for 10 games, Patriots get back a late-round pick from Browns, sources tell ESPN.
As @rapsheet reported, Patriots were closing in on trade for Gordon.
Trade now official.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2018
When he’s on the field, Gordon changes the game. I mean, hell, he put up 1,600 yards catching passes from a combination of Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer in 2013. And as our Ian Hartitz points out in much more detail, the Gordon-Brady combo has potential to be lethal.
Obviously, the bigger issue is whether he’ll actually be on the field, as Gordon has played in only 11 games since that 2013 season.
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Now being in Boston, I’ve heard every possible opinion on this move. Everyone’s rooting for Gordon on a personal level, but while fans are ecstatic about the trade, most media members aren’t sold on the Patriots being able to turn Gordon around.
One sportsbook is offering either side an opportunity to make money off its opinions.
Will Josh Gordon be suspended during the 2018 regular season?
- Yes: +350
- No: -600
How many games will Josh Gordon play for the Patriots in 2018?
- Over 9.5: +175
- Under 9.5: -250
The second prop is the more interesting one if you ask me, particularly because of where the total is set. As Schefter’s tweet explains, if Gordon is active for fewer than 10 games this season, the Patriots will receive a late-round pick from the Browns — a pick that was later confirmed to be a seventh rounder.
Clearly, oddsmakers don’t think it’s likely that Gordon will hit that 10-game threshold. The -250 line on the under implies that oddsmakers see a 71.4% chance that Gordon plays nine or fewer games for the Pats this year.
And as for the first prop, have some decency — don’t bet on “yes.”