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BY EVGENY KRINITSYN`

While the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepare to contest Super Bowl LV (February 7), Deshaun Watson’s trade future is another hot talking point in NFL circles.


The Houston Texans quarterback should be of particular interest to the Chicago Bears, who finished the 2020 NFL season 8-8, restoring some honor thanks to a 3-1 finish in their final four games. It’s widely believed the Texans—who finished the season 4-12 and are currently without a head coach—will lose their star shot-caller after he’s grown disillusioned with his prospects in Houston, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

There are several prominent reasons as to why many may not believe a Watson move to Chicago is possible. Betrivers online sportsbook is offering Illinois-based customers the chance to bet on where the 25-year-old will play come the start of the 2021 NFL season, with Houston still his most favored employers at betting odds +200.

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That’s a fraction of the +1400 odds that he’ll begin next season with Chicago, whose quarterback situation is in some state of disarray. Super Bowl LII winner Nick Foles has failed to bring the touch of class many hoped he would in an essential role, while Mitch Trubisky—whom the Bears picked second overall in the 2017 Draft—doesn’t look like the long-term solution.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune recently wrote that, despite concerns over the cost, the Bears would have no problem creating the salary cap space needed to sign Watson. Not only that, but Biggs allayed fears regarding the future of wide receiver Allen Robinson, who is rumored to be discontent with the franchise. In fact, the addition of a star quarterback like Watson could well boost Robinson, safe in the knowledge another superstar is joining the cause (provided he’s paid what he feels he’s worth).


It’s widely believed the Texans who finished the season 4-12 and are currently without a head coach. Wikimedia commons

With Watson possibly available to the right suitor, Chicago should be doing their utmost to land the upgrade in such a key position, even if it meant giving up considerable capital in future drafts. NFL insider Ian Rapoport broke down Watson’s current predicament, suggesting he could be intent on leaving regardless of who’s coaching the team, such are his grievances with the owners.

The Bears entered the 2020 season as odds +3500 Super Bowl outsiders, per this Big Game betting guide, having failed to win the greatest prize in American football since 1985. Chicago—who finished as Super Bowl runners-up in 2006—are at even longer +5000 odds to lift the title in 2022, according to Betrivers sportsbook (Illinois).

Watson—who threw more passing yards than any other QB this regular season (4,823) and holds numerous Texans records—would chop down those odds considering the potential in Chicago. Robinson is a top-level target at the disposal of Matt Nagy, while Watson would instantly augment the rush department, which already includes a top prospect in running-back David Montgomery.

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The Bears boasted one of the best rush defenses in the NFL this season, allowing only 11 running touchdowns during the regular campaign (the joint-second-lowest total in the league). That’s one foundation in particular for the team to build from, and Watson is a substantial upgrade if they’re to make back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time since 2005-06.

The transformation won’t come overnight, but the Chicago Bears have the tools at their disposal to sign a potential Super Bowl champion in Watson and must make the efforts to complete a move that could in turn help restore the franchise to its former glory.

Deshaun Watson’s NFL Team for 2021 Season Kick-Off Odds

Houston Texans+200
New York Jets+400
Miami Dolphins+600
Carolina Panthers+900
San Francisco 49ers+1000
New England Patriots+1100
Denver Broncos+1200
Chicago Bears+1400
Indianapolis Colts+1600
Washington+1600


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Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a Decision Support System (DSS) that extends the ability of the existing air quality early warning system (AQEWS) to have decision-making capability for air quality management in Delhi-NCR was launched on Tuesday.

The website for the DSS (https://ews.tropmet.res.in/dss/) is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.

These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

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According to sources, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who attended the meeting on behalf of the government, shared information related to the National Education Policy-2020 and the government's policy on important issues related to the education sector. Pradhan also shared details of the efforts being made by the government in the field of education.

Discussions were also held regarding the impact of the situation arising out of Corona and how much it has affected the education sector. In the meeting, the RSS leaders asked several questions and provided suggestions to the Union Minister regarding the education policy of the government.

According to the sources, RSS wants the policy to be implemented expeditiously. All aspects related to the policy were discussed in Tuesday's meeting. On the second and the last day of the meeting on Wednesday, special issues related to education will be discussed in which representatives of various organisations of the Sangh, Union Ministers and several BJP leaders will be take part.

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