- Deshaun Watson was suspended by the NFL for 11 games this season.
- Deshaun Watson will play against his former team, the Texans, this weekend.
- Deshaun Watson hasn’t played in a regular-season game since January 2021.
This weekend, the football betting world will turn its attention to Houston, where the Texans will host former face of the franchise Deshaun Watson in his controversial return to the field.
Cleveland Browns: Deshaun Watson Returns to Action
Deshaun Watson was served an 11-game suspension from the NFL after a wide, sprawling investigation into his alleged repeated abuse of female massage therapists.
With the suspension now concluded, Watson is preparing to be the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns – the team that traded for him this past March.
Josh Dobbs Waived: Browns Formally Add Deshaun Watson Back to Roster
In order to make room for Deshaun Watson as a member of their 53-man roster, the Browns were forced to waive a current member of the team. Former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Josh Dobbs was let go.
Deshaun Watson: Week 13 Challenges
Deshaun Watson’s key on-the-field problem that he’ll face in Houston this weekend is rust.
The dual-threat quarterback was a Pro Bowler in Houston and an elite quarterback at Clemson before that, but he hasn’t played a regular-season game in nearly two full years. It’s unlikely he will return to peak form right away.
Is Deshaun Watson Starting This Week?
Yes, all indications are that the Browns will start Deshaun Watson at quarterback this week in Houston for their game against the Texans.
Deshaun Watson Rushing Stats
In four years with the Texans, Deshaun Watson rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had 14 fumbles.
Deshaun Watson Highlights
Browns at Texans (+7)
For bettors, all this information is prologue to the actual game handicap. Houston will host its former quarterback and his new team on Sunday in the early window, with the Texans catching seven points as a home dog.
Public bettors understandably favor laying the points with Watson and the Browns, but there is a very concrete path for Houston to remain competitive in this game.
Beyond the fact that Watson hasn’t played in a real professional football game in nearly two full years, the Browns’ porous rush defense (ranked 31st by PFF) is a very poor matchup for Dameon Pierce and the Texans’ ground game.
NFL Betting Odds
For more on how to handicap the full Week 13 NFL schedule, make sure you check out The Lion’s Edge for intelligent, weekly insights into trends and betting tips across the online sports betting world.
The Lion’s Edge is available on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
You can also listen to it in the web player below.
Build NFL Parlays at BetMGM
At the best online sportsbook, you can build NFL parlays throughout the season. Increase the excitement and potential payouts by combining spreads, moneylines, and more into parlays at the BetMGM sportsbook.