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Jadeveon Clowney Makes The Tennessee Titans A Slightly Better Bet

08 September 2020

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Jadeveon Clowney was getting dangerously close to starting the 2020 season without a team. But after changing agents at the last minute, he was able to get a deal done with the Tennessee Titans for this season. 

As far as Clowney is concerned, it was the right thing to do. If he wants to get paid like one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL, he has to play like one. While he has been good so far, he has certainly not been great. But his best years came under the guidance of Mike Vrabel when both were in Houston.

If Vrabel can coax the best Clowney has out, then signing him could pay off in a big way for the Tennessee Titans. 

Heading into the 2020 NFL season, Vrabel’s Titans are going to be saddled with expectations. After the emergence of Derrick Henry, the surprising play of Ryan Tannehill, and a playoff run that ended in the AFC title game, fans will want to see it all happen again.

However, despite how well they did in the postseason, the oddsmakers do not seem to have a lot of faith in them. Their Super Bowl odds at DraftKings are about in the middle of the pack at +2800 (tied for 14th best), as are their AFC title odds (+1300; 7th best).

They aren’t even favored in their own division (+150; Colts favored at +125).

As far as the AFC South is concerned, the odds are pretty fair. Little is expected of the Houston Texans or Jacksonville Jaguars. But the Indianapolis Colts are expected to be tough. Between the Colts and Titans, the AFC South race could be one of the best in the league if both teams live up to expectations.  

But why such a lack of respect when it comes to the AFC and Super Bowl?

For most, it is because they do not have faith in Ryan Tannehill. He showed promise and potential as a rookie through the 2016 season for the Miami Dolphins. But after a lackluster 2018 season, the Dolphins got tired of waiting on him to follow through on that potential.

So, did they give up a year too soon, or was his performance for the Titans last season an aberration?

Few, if any, appear to think he has turned the corner finally. But even if he has, there is a lot of great competition in the AFC, like the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens. Getting to the Super Bowl will likely require getting past one or maybe both teams— which means slowing down Patrick Mahomes and/or Lamar Jackson.

What’s the best way to shut down a team that throws the ball as well as Kansas City does? You keep the ball out of the quarterback’s hands (which is where Derek Henry comes in), and you don’t give the quarterback time to throw.

That’s where Clowney and his ability to put pressure on quarterbacks comes into play. But what about Lamar Jackson? Well, that’s where his speed and skill against the run will help.

Does this mean it is time to go all-in on the Tennessee Titans? Not exactly.

It is probably safe to assume they are going to at least make the playoffs (-134). Clowney will make Tennessee’s defense better and probably does make them a good bet to win the AFC South. But as for the AFC and Super Bowl, his addition makes the Titans one of the better dark horse candidates for both.

Whether the Titans can win the AFC or Super Bowl will depend mainly on how well Ryan Tannehill and Derek Henry play.

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NFL Odds

  • Monday September 21 2020 8:15 PM
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    Money Line
  • New Orleans Saints
    +8.5-835
    Over 44-18.2
    -235
    Las Vegas Raiders
    -8.5525
    Under 4415
    190
  • Sunday September 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • San Francisco 49ers
    -4-110
    Over 00
    -210
    New York Giants
    +4-110
    Under 00
    170
  • Sunday September 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Cincinnati Bengals
    +6.5-110
    Over 00
    235
    Philadelphia Eagles
    -6.5-110
    Under 00
    -295
  • Sunday September 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Houston Texans
    +5.5-110
    Over 00
    200
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    -5.5-110
    Under 00
    -250
  • Sunday September 27 2020 4:05 PM
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  • New York Jets
    +9.5-110
    Over 00
    320
    Indianapolis Colts
    -9.5-110
    Under 00
    -435
  • Sunday September 27 2020 8:20 PM
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  • Green Bay Packers
    +3.5-110
    Over 00
    New Orleans Saints
    -3.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 4 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Los Angeles Chargers
    +6-110
    Over 00
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    -6-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 4 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    +3-110
    Over 00
    Tennessee Titans
    -3-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 4 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Indianapolis Colts
    +1-110
    Over 00
    Chicago Bears
    -1-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 4 2020 4:05 PM
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  • New York Giants
    +6.5-110
    Over 00
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    -6.5-110
    Under 00
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  • Philadelphia Eagles
    +5.5-110
    Over 00
    San Francisco 49ers
    -5.5-110
    Under 00
  • Thursday October 8 2020 8:20 PM
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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    -2.5-110
    Over 00
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    +2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 11 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Philadelphia Eagles
    +1.5-110
    Over 00
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    -1.5-110
    Under 00
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  • Arizona Cardinals
    +1-110
    Over 00
    New York Jets
    -1-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 11 2020 4:25 PM
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  • New York Giants
    +7.5-110
    Over 00
    Dallas Cowboys
    -7.5-110
    Under 00
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  • Indianapolis Colts
    +2-110
    Over 00
    Cleveland Browns
    -2-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 18 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Cleveland Browns
    +3.5-110
    Over 00
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    -3.5-110
    Under 00
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  • Washington Football Team
    +4-110
    Over 00
    New York Giants
    -4-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 18 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Baltimore Ravens
    -2.5-110
    Over 00
    Philadelphia Eagles
    +2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 18 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Cincinnati Bengals
    +8.5-110
    Over 00
    Indianapolis Colts
    -8.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 18 2020 4:05 PM
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  • New York Jets
    +5.5-110
    Over 00
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    -5.5-110
    Under 00
  • Thursday October 22 2020 8:20 PM
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  • New York Giants
    +7.5-110
    Over 00
    Philadelphia Eagles
    -7.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday October 25 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Buffalo Bills
    -1.5-110
    Over 00
    New York Jets
    +1.5-110
    Under 00
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  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    +6-110
    Over 00
    Baltimore Ravens
    -6-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 1 2020 1:00 PM
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  • New York Jets
    +11.5-110
    Over 00
    Kansas City Chiefs
    -11.5-110
    Under 00
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  • Dallas Cowboys
    +2.5-110
    Over 00
    Philadelphia Eagles
    -2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Monday November 2 2020 8:15 PM
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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    -3.5-110
    Over 00
    New York Giants
    +3.5-110
    Under 00
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  • New York Giants
    +1-117
    Over 00
    Washington Football Team
    -1-105
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 8 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Baltimore Ravens
    -2.5-110
    Over 00
    Indianapolis Colts
    +2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 8 2020 4:25 PM
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  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    +3.5-110
    Over 00
    Dallas Cowboys
    -3.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 8 2020 8:20 PM
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  • New Orleans Saints
    +2.5-110
    Over 00
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    -2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Thursday November 12 2020 8:20 PM
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  • Indianapolis Colts
    +2.5-110
    Over 00
    Tennessee Titans
    -2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 15 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Cincinnati Bengals
    +7.5-110
    Over 00
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    -7.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 15 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Philadelphia Eagles
    -3.5-110
    Over 00
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    +3.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 15 2020 4:05 PM
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  • New York Jets
    +2.5-110
    Over 00
    Miami Dolphins
    -2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 15 2020 4:25 PM
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  • San Francisco 49ers
    +2.5-110
    Over 00
    New Orleans Saints
    -2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 22 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Philadelphia Eagles
    +1-110
    Over 00
    Cleveland Browns
    -1-110
    Under 00
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  • Green Bay Packers
    +3-112
    Over 00
    Indianapolis Colts
    -3-109
    Under 00
  • Thursday November 26 2020 4:30 PM
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  • Washington Football Team
    +8-110
    Over 00
    Dallas Cowboys
    -8-110
    Under 00
  • Thursday November 26 2020 8:20 PM
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  • Baltimore Ravens
    -2.5-110
    Over 00
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    +2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 29 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Tennessee Titans
    +3-110
    Over 00
    Indianapolis Colts
    -3-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 29 2020 1:00 PM
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  • New York Giants
    +1-110
    Over 00
    Cincinnati Bengals
    -1-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday November 29 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Miami Dolphins
    +3.5-110
    Over 00
    New York Jets
    -3.5-110
    Under 00
  • Monday November 30 2020 8:15 PM
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  • Seattle Seahawks
    +2.5-110
    Over 00
    Philadelphia Eagles
    -2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 6 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Las Vegas Raiders
    +1.5-110
    Over 00
    New York Jets
    -1.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 6 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Indianapolis Colts
    +1-110
    Over 00
    Houston Texans
    -1-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 6 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Washington Football Team
    +8.5-110
    Over 00
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    -8.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 6 2020 4:05 PM
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  • New York Giants
    +7.5-110
    Over 00
    Seattle Seahawks
    -7.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 6 2020 4:25 PM
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  • Philadelphia Eagles
    +2-110
    Over 00
    Green Bay Packers
    -2-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 13 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Arizona Cardinals
    +1.5-110
    Over 00
    New York Giants
    -1.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 13 2020 4:05 PM
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  • New York Jets
    +7.5-110
    Over 00
    Seattle Seahawks
    -7.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 13 2020 4:05 PM
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  • Indianapolis Colts
    -1-105
    Over 00
    Las Vegas Raiders
    +1-117
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 13 2020 4:25 PM
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  • New Orleans Saints
    -1.5-110
    Over 00
    Philadelphia Eagles
    +1.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 13 2020 8:20 PM
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  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    +2.5-110
    Over 00
    Buffalo Bills
    -2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 20 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Cleveland Browns
    -1.5-110
    Over 00
    New York Giants
    +1.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 20 2020 1:00 PM
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  • New York Jets
    +6.5-110
    Over 00
    Los Angeles Rams
    -6.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 20 2020 4:05 PM
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  • Philadelphia Eagles
    -1.5-110
    Over 00
    Arizona Cardinals
    +1.5-110
    Under 00
  • Monday December 21 2020 8:15 PM
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  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    -3.5-110
    Over 00
    Cincinnati Bengals
    +3.5-110
    Under 00
  • Friday December 25 2020 4:30 PM
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  • Minnesota Vikings
    +6-110
    Over 00
    New Orleans Saints
    -6-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • New York Giants
    +10.5-110
    Over 00
    Baltimore Ravens
    -10.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Cleveland Browns
    -1.5-110
    Over 00
    New York Jets
    +1.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Indianapolis Colts
    +2.5-110
    Over 00
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    -2.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday December 27 2020 4:25 PM
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    Money Line
  • Philadelphia Eagles
    +3.5-110
    Over 00
    Dallas Cowboys
    -3.5-110
    Under 00
  • Thursday September 24 2020 8:20 PM
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  • Miami Dolphins
    +2.5-107
    Over 00
    116
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    -2.5-114
    Under 00
    -141
  • Sunday September 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Chicago Bears
    +3-110
    Over 00
    140
    Atlanta Falcons
    -3-110
    Under 00
    -175
  • Sunday September 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Tennessee Titans
    -1.5-110
    Over 00
    -125
    Minnesota Vikings
    +1.5-110
    Under 00
    104
  • Sunday September 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Los Angeles Rams
    +2.5-110
    Over 00
    128
    Buffalo Bills
    -2.5-110
    Under 00
    -155
  • Sunday September 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Washington Football Team
    +6.5-110
    Over 00
    225
    Cleveland Browns
    -6.5-110
    Under 00
    -286
  • Sunday September 27 2020 1:00 PM
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  • Las Vegas Raiders
    +6.5-110
    Over 00
    New England Patriots
    -6.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday September 27 2020 4:05 PM
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  • Carolina Panthers
    +6.5-110
    Over 00
    Los Angeles Chargers
    -6.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday September 27 2020 4:25 PM
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  • Dallas Cowboys
    +4.5-110
    Over 00
    Seattle Seahawks
    -4.5-110
    Under 00
  • Sunday September 27 2020 4:25 PM
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  • Detroit Lions
    +6-110
    Over 00
    200
    Arizona Cardinals
    -6-110
    Under 00
    -250
  • Monday September 28 2020 8:15 PM
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  • Kansas City Chiefs
    +3-110
    Over 00
    133
    Baltimore Ravens
    -3-110
    Under 00
    -162
  • Sunday September 27 2020 4:25 PM
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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    -6-110
    Over 00
    -265
    Denver Broncos
    +6-110
    Under 00
    210

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