Saints Super Bowl Bets Force Big Odds Moves Ahead of Deshaun Watson Trade
Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images. Pictured: Deshaun Watson
Some bettors were able to get ahead of sportsbooks before Tom Brady announced his return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They’re trying to beat them again, this time before a Deshaun Watson trade.
Multiple bets came in on the New Orleans Saints to win the Super Bowl on Wednesday at PointsBet, forcing the sportsbook to make a major adjustment to their odds.
PointsBet was hanging the Saints at 50-1 to win the Super Bowl, but after a few “four-figure” bets came in, the book adjusted down to 22-1.
They weren’t alone.
While the bets can’t be confirmed to be based off Watson rumors, some basic math suggests that’s the case.
Watson spent the week meeting with teams interested in trading for him. The interested teams are reportedly the Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Saints. The Texans denied the Colts’ request to meet with Watson because they didn’t want to trade him within the division.
Then, Jay Glazer reported Watson could make his decision as soon as Wednesday night or Thursday.
Trade rumors and interest picked up last week when it was determined Watson would not face criminal charges from sexual misconduct allegations that clouded his future in the NFL.
The Saints are looking for a full-time replacement after the retirement of Drew Brees before last season. Jameis Winston started the year under center but suffered a torn ACL and is now a free agent.
The Panthers have yet to find an answer in the post-Cam Newton era, including last year’s try with Sam Darnold.
The Browns are seemingly moving on from Baker Mayfield, while the Falcons are looking at the roster beyond an aging Matt Ryan.
Betting odds were available last week on Watson’s next team with the Seahawks (+250) favored following their trade of Russell Wilson.
The Panthers were second at +300. The Saints could be had at +800 with the Browns right behind at +1200. The Falcons were 100-1 longshots.