TJ Watt Sack Record Prop Bet Has Controversial Result With Stat Review Possible
Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Pictured: TJ Watt
T.J. Watt tied Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record in Week 18 against the Baltimore Ravens, but bettors might want to argue that he broke it instead.
Watt was officially credited with one sack in the game, but he needed 1.5 to break the record of 22.5 sacks.
While Watt appeared to break the record on the play below, it was ruled a tackle for loss instead of a sack.
TJ Watt ended the season with 22.5 sacks, tying Michael Strahan for the single-season record.
This play was ruled a tackle for loss, not a sack to break it…pic.twitter.com/U1fDTNogBU
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) January 9, 2022
In general, aborted plays do not usually result in any sort of defensive sack. An aborted play would be Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley giving himself up on the play, if that’s what the league determined happened.
The NFL will review plays after the game if the stat is of national interest, or if the team requests it.
Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten told The Action Network that as soon as the play happened, the team asked for the play to be looked at for statistical purposes.
After it has been determined that the stat should be reviewed, Elias Sports Bureau handles the process. That review would not start until after the week’s games close. In Week 18, that means after Sunday Night Football between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.
At time of publish, BetMGM had not settled any bets on Watt to break the record.
Sportsbooks offered props on Watt to break the record. At BetMGM, Watt to break the record opened at +180 and closed -125. DraftKings posted the line at -130.
When asked after the game, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gave his teammate support saying the record should be his.