Deshaun Watson

  • The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly in talks with the Houston Texans for a potential Deshaun Watson trade.
  • The Eagles have (+500) odds to win the NFC East for the 2021-2022 season.
  • Watson was in the top 10 for TDs, in the top 15 in QBR, and number one in overall yards last season.

PHILADELPHIAPhiladelphia Eagles betting fans may want to jump onto their team’s longshot odds in the NFC East as rumors of a potential trade could shift the organization’s chances this season.

The 2020 QB passing yards leader Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans could be traded to Philly, making their long odds to claim the division title very appealing on NFL betting sites.

Deshaun Watson is currently dealing with legal issues but is expected to play in the upcoming season without delay. With Watson being one of the best QBs in the league and the NFC East being one of the weaker divisions, this potential trade could greatly change the Eagles’ standings and betting lines.

Eagles Long Odds

NFC East Division Winner

  • Dallas Cowboys +115
  • Washington Football Team +250
  • New York Giants +450
  • Philadelphia Eagles +500

The Eagles finished the 2020 season with a 4-11-1 record including 1-7 at home leaving them at the bottom of the NFC East at the end of the year.

One of the biggest reasons the team suffered such a poor performance was because of the lackluster showing for their former QB Carson Wentz. The Eagles would ultimately bench Wentz for QB Jalen Hurts but little would come from that switch in terms of the overall success of the team.

Watson led the Houston Texans to become first in the AFC South. The star QB threw for 4,823 on a 70.2% completion rate, making him the passing yard leader for the 2020 season.

Watson also threw 33 TDs to just 7 interceptions, had a QBR of 70.5, and held a career-high RTG of 112.4. The Texans QB was among the best in the league last season.

Adding a player of that caliber would be a major upgrade from Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts and could ultimately swing the odds and win factor for the Eagles.

Betting on Philadelphia while they still sit with the longest odds to win the division is the smart move at the present time before any changes are made on regulated sports betting sites because these odds will likely shorten if this trade comes to fruition.

Potential Hurdles

What betting fans should be aware of, however, is that this particular trade is not set in stone. While getting in on these odds early before they could possibly shorten is a good idea, there is still a risk of the trade not going through.

Another hurdle would be if the trade is completed and Watson had to sit out any games due to legal issues that are ongoing.

The accusations against Watson will not simply go away because he is traded. Watson may run the risk of being suspended for a few games, greatly affecting the Eagles’ standings. Watson may even miss out on the entire season.

“If you look at the timeline on this, barring a drastic sea change, Deshaun Watson will not be playing in an NFL game until at the very minimum 2023,” said Ben Maller of FOX Sports Radio. “That’s the earliest. If everything plays out the way it’s playing out, he’s going to be done until at least 2023.”

Another issue that betting fans have to take heed of is the competition within the NFC East. While the division is the weakest in the league, the Dallas Cowboys are a legitimate team that could likely stand in the Eagles’ way regardless of whether or not Watson plays.

The Cowboys will be seeing the return of QB Dak Prescott, OT Tyron Smith, and OT La’el Collins. The offense of Dak at QB throwing to WRs in CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper with a healthy offensive line will surely be a threat to any team competing in the NFC East.

What sports wagering fans could lean in on are the betting lines for who will finish first and second. This is another way to cash in on long odds for the Eagles even if they are not able to take the number one spot.

Dual Forecast (Pick the two teams to finish 1st and 2nd in any order)

  • Cowboys/Washington +140
  • Cowboys/Eagles +350
  • Cowboys/Giants +325
  • Eagles/Washington +800
  • Giants/Washington +600
  • Giants/Eagles +1200

Online sportsbooks are hosting plenty of odds for NFL bettors looking to cash in on this potential Deshaun Watson trade. Getting in on these wagers early is the best way to capitalize on all futures betting action.

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