It’s been 700 days since Deshaun Watson’s last NFL appearance, but the Cleveland Browns (4-7) quarterback is slated to make his debut start for his new team after signing a controversial five-year, $230 million fully-guaranteed contract in the offseason. Not only that, but his debut will come on the road against his former team, the Houston Texans (1-9-1). BetQL projected the outcome of this game and you can check out the final score and win percentage projection by scrolling down!
Our model is giving Cleveland an 82.52% chance to win and the Browns are projected to win this game 28.5 to 20. The Browns need to string together wins and most likely win out in order to make the playoffs, so this would be an important step forward as they inch closer towards .500.
BetQL is projecting Watson to rack up 190 passing yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions along with 10 rushing yards against the Texans. Since the Browns regularly feature Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in the running game, it seems logical that they would ease Watson back into the swing of things and our projection reflects that assumption.
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