Titans Super Bowl Odds Improve After Landing Julio Jones

Julio Jones #11 catches a pass.  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Julio Jones #11 catches a pass. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

 

Weeks of speculation about Julio Jones’ future were finally put to bed this week as news broke of a trade deal between the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans., dealing the star receiver to the country music capital for a pair of draft picks. Jones himself triggered trade talks by reportedly requesting a trade last month, but his move nevertheless is noteworthy as it elevates Tennessee’s profile immediately, in particular, it has prompted multiple best sportsbooks to shorten the Titans in key betting markets for the 2021-22 NFL season.

Prior to the trade, the Tennessee Titans’ Super Bowl odds were priced at +3500 or thereabouts depending on the choice sportsbook. Post-trade news, the Titans’ Super Bowl odds have shrunk down to a low of +2500, which is available with BetOnline and Bovada, to name a couple of sportsbooks.

Several teams were earmarked as potential landing spots for the stud wideout, including the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots. Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. In the end, the Titans won the Julio sweepstakes and they’re all the better for it if the NFL futures were any indication.

Clearly, the Tennessee Titans are the so-called “winners” of this trade. How else is one supposed to interpret the movement of the odds across the board but that by acquiring the perennial pro-bowler the Titans have –at least “on paper” – improved overall in the eyes of bookmakers.

Jones might be 32 years of age, but he is still one of the best big-play receivers in the game. His addition will likely give the Titans an additional catch-passing weapon to complement A.J. Brown – an area that they especially needed to bolster after letting WR Corey Davis and TE Jonnu Smith out the door in free agency without any solutions at the ready.

Arguably, the combination of A.J. Brown and Julio Jones could become one of the best two-punch offensive threats in the AFC South, if not beyond. The Titans offense is the better for it with greater depth and Tannehill now has options with which he can run the offense. As well, one can’t overlook the veteran’s experience and the impact that will have both on and off the field.

Inasmuch as the Titans’ perception and outlook have improved in the context of betting, the trade itself is revealing. It implies the Titans are very much in a “win now” frame of mind. The last two seasons have seen the Titans make significant strides and reach various milestones. In 2019, the Titans emerged seemingly out of nowhere to reach the AFC Championship game (l. to Chiefs) while last season they clinched the AFC South title (albeit they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Ravens).

Jones is coming off a disappointing 2020 season in which he struggled with injuries. He played merely 9 games in 2020, finishing with 771 yards and 3 TDs. However, in the broad spectrum of his career, he’s been a top achiever and undeniably one of the best wideouts in the league. When he’s fighting fit, it’s not unusual to see him leading the league and setting the bar high for his peers. After all, he’s been invited to seven Pro Bowls in his career, twice made a first team All-Pro selection (2015 and 2016) after leading the league in receiving yards and receptions. In ten seasons, he has amassed 12,896 yards and 60 TDs.

Bovada SBLVI Odds

  • Kansas City Chiefs+500
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers+600
  • Buffalo Bills+1200
  • Los Angeles Rams+1200
  • San Francisco 49ers+1300
  • Baltimore Ravens+1600
  • Cleveland Browns+1600
  • Green Bay Packers+1600
  • Indianapolis Colts+2200
  • Seattle Seahawks+2200
  • Denver Broncos+2500
  • Tennessee Titans+2500
  • Los Angeles Chargers+2800
  • New England Patriots+2800
  • Dallas Cowboys+3000
  • New Orleans Saints+3000
  • Miami Dolphins+3300
  • Arizona Cardinals+4000
  • Minnesota Vikings+4500
  • Pittsburgh Steelers+4500
  • Chicago Bears+5000
  • Washington Football Team+5000
  • Atlanta Falcons+5500
  • Carolina Panthers+7000
  • Las Vegas Raiders+7000
  • New York Giants+8000
  • Philadelphia Eagles+8000
  • Cincinnati Bengals+10000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars+10000
  • New York Jets+10000
  • Detroit Lions+15000
  • Houston Texans+17500

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