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Deshaun Watson: Record against winning teams

See Deshaun Watson's record vs winning teams.

After a promising start to his career, Deshaun Watson finds himself in a different situation. He is now the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns after the Texans shipped him off for a massive haul.

Watson is suspended for the first 11 games after being accused of sexual assault from multiple women. He is eligible to return in December against his former team when the Browns take on the Houston Texans.

The reason for QB wins against winning teams

I started to dive into this stat for every quarterback because the new hot argument is to say that a certain quarterback didn’t beat any good teams. I often see people use this argument to say players like Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford are not good and just put up empty stats. At the end of the day, there is much more to the story.

First off and most importantly, quarterback wins are a team statistic. Secondly, very few quarterbacks in the NFL have a winning record against teams who finished the season above .500 in the league.

There are a lot of moving parts involved in football. While winning and losing is the most important stat, it is one that unfairly gets attributed to quarterbacks.

What is Deshaun Watson’s record against winning teams?

Since entering the NFL in 2017, Deshaun Watson is 7-19 (.269) against teams that finished the season with a winning record.

***Did not play during the 2021 NFL season

In 2020, Deshaun Watson was 0-9 (.000) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Chiefs (loss)
  • Ravens (loss)
  • Steelers (loss)
  • Titans (loss)
  • Packers (loss)
  • Browns (loss)
  • Colts (loss)
  • Colts (loss)
  • Titans (loss)

In 2019, Deshaun Watson was 3-3 (.500) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Saints (loss)
  • Chiefs (win)
  • Ravens (loss)
  • Patriots (win)
  • Titans (win)
  • Titans (loss)

In 2018, Deshaun Watson was 3-4 (.428) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Patriots (loss)
  • Titans (loss)
  • Colts (win)
  • Cowboys (win)
  • Titans (win)
  • Colts (loss)
  • Eagles (loss)

In 2017, Deshaun Watson was 1-3 (.250) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Patriots (loss)
  • Titans (win)
  • Chiefs (loss)
  • Seahawks (loss)

What quarterbacks have a winning record against winning teams?

As seen on our master QB record vs winning teams chart, there are only a handful of NFL quarterbacks that have a record above .500 against winning teams.

You can digest that information on your own. The only thing I want you to take away from this is that it is extremely rare to have a winning record against teams that finished the season with a winning record.

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