- J.J. Watt has a total of 3.5 missed games for the 2021 season with -120 betting odds on either side.
- Watt played all 16 games in 2020 but hasn’t done so in back-to-back seasons since 2014-2015.
PHOENIX – J.J. Watt has had an unfortunate recent track record with injuries and missed games. That trend may continue in the upcoming season as sportsbooks have set a line specific to how many games he will miss.
Will J.J. Watt Miss More Than 3.5 Games?
Prior to the upcoming 2021-2022 NFL season, online gambling sites have projected the number of missed games for J.J. Watt.
In his first five seasons in the NFL, Watt never missed a game but things have taken a turn for the worse since.
J.J. Watt Missed Games Odds
- Over 3.5 -120
- Under 3.5 -120
Watt played all 16 games a season ago but it marked just the second time in the last five years that he has done so. Further, in each season that Watt has missed a game, he missed much more than four games.
Watt’s Injury History
The injury history of Watt is long and convoluted. He missed eight games in 2019 due to a torn pectoral, in 2017 he missed the final 11 games of the season due to a tibial plateau fracture and in 2016 he missed 13 games due to a variety of injuries including the need for back surgery.
In general, Watt is a tough guy and won’t miss time unless absolutely necessary. He played through an injury back in 2012 that allegedly tore all the ligaments in his elbow without missing a single game.
The only notable area in which Watt has injured multiple times is his back as he tried to rush back from injury, which could be a blessing or a curse for this bet. While he doesn’t have one specific area that’s prone to an injury, he has multiple that have a history of being prone to breaks and tears.
Regardless, sports gambling sites believe he’ll miss at least a couple of games in 2021, and history shows if he misses one game, he’ll miss more than the 3.5 needed for the Over to hit. Plus, with the additional threat of COVID-19 and contact tracing, Watt could be forced to miss a game or two for other reasons as well.