Houston Texans Betting: Jadeveon Clowney drawing Major Criticism

jadeveon-clowney-texansThe Houston Texans were supposed to feature a nightmare pass rush for opposing quarterbacks. First off, they have JJ Watt, a mammoth 6’6″, 290-pound defensive end who’s generally regarded as the NFL’s best overall defensive player. And he was supposed to be backed up by outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who at 6’5″, 266 pounds, runs a blistering 4.53 forty for his size.

Unfortunately, Clowney has had no impact on the Houston Texans team this year. He’s missed six games due to a knee injury and had just one tackle in his return against Tennessee last week. This past Sunday he missed a game against the Eagles due to illness and caused some controversy when he may have liked a picture on Instagram during the contest.

Missing yet another game combined with the Instagram fiasco has now brought more heat from around the league. Nobody was more critical than Warren Sapp and LaDainian Tomlinson on Monday’s episode of Total Access Pregame. “We expect to see you on Sunday afternoon young man,” Sapp said. “Football is a great game in America and we all gather around to see the best of the best for 60 minutes each Sunday. And you’re disappointing us, and you’re wearing out your coaches and everybody down in Houston.”

NFL: 2014 NFLPA Rookie PremiereTomlinson believes that Clowney’s $22.3 million contract could be a huge source behind his lack of focus. “That’s a character flaw to me,” he said. “One thing we always try to preach about young athletes is giving them too much early, that’s what happens. They don’t want to work for it anymore.”

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport was also critical of Clowney on NFL GameDay Morning. “What they want is for him to start showing some maturity and learn to play through these some of these ailments,” said Rapoport. “As a source just mentioned to me, this is really the first time Clowney has faced any sort of injury adversity – didn’t really happen in college – and they want him to try to play through it in the NFL, but they’re frustrated with their No. 1 overall pick.”

As for the guy who matters most, Texans coach Bill O’Brien, he didn’t seem overly willing to talk about the situation. In fact, he indicated that the whole Instagram matter wasn’t even worth discussing after stating the following:

Yeah, he and I, like, we tweeted back and forth (Sunday) night. I went on Spacebook. He went on Twitter. … I mean, come – I don’t know, I don’t. You know? This guy wants to play football. He’s trying to get better to get back on the field. I’m not going down this Twitter road. I don’t even know what that is really, to be honest with you,” he went on. “Instagram: My kid was trying to talk to me about it last night. Like, ‘This is what Instagram is Daddy.’ I don’t know. We’re moving on from that. We’re moving on.

The Texans slide into their bye week with a 4-5 record and a falling chance of making the postseason. They are losers of 4 of their past 5 games and travel to face the 5-4 Cleveland Browns this Sunday. Contests against Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Baltimore loom ahead over the next two months. So they’re going to need everybody to step up, including Clowney. He’s now over the knee injury that sidelined him for six games and he has almost half a season to make an impact. But that’s not going to happen if he continues missing action with illnesses and worrying more about Instagram than learning from the games.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 6 (Oct. 10th, 2014)

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Houston TexansLast night, the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans played an exciting game at NRG Stadium. Indianapolis jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter on the strength of the connection between Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton. The latter would finish with 9 catches for 223 yards and a touchdown.

But despite Hilton’s domination, this game would turn out to be much closer than expected. The Texans mounted a rally while Arian Foster ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns. However, it wasn’t enough as the Texans fell just short in this battle by a score of 33-28. See how far Indianapolis rises and Houston falls in our NFL power rankings for Week 6.

1. Denver Broncos (3-1); beat Arizona Cardinals 41-20, retains same ranking – An anticipated matchup between the Broncos and undefeated Cardinals turned into a blowout as Arizona QB Drew Stanton got knocked out early with a concussion. But the real story here was Demaryius Thomas’ 226 receiving yards.

2. Seattle Seahawks (3-1); beat Washington Redskins 27-17, retains same ranking – Seattle won, as predicted, thanks to 122 rushing yards by Russell Wilson, the most by a quarterback in Monday Night Football history.

3. San Diego Chargers (4-1); beat New York Jets 31-0, moves up two spots – People expected the offense to be good again. But nobody expected San Diego’s defense to be so effective.

chiefs-vs-frank-gore4. San Francisco 49ers (3-2); beat Kansas City Chiefs 22-17, moves up two spots – A week after rushing for 119 yards, Frank Gore added another 107 yards against the Chiefs. Gore is getting great blocking from the line, as his 4.8 yards-before-contact numbers suggest.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1); beat St. Louis Rams 34-28, moves up two spots – Philadelphia really got their two-headed rushing attack going with 145 yards on the ground. RT Lane Johnson’s return from suspension had a lot to do with this.

6. Arizona Cardinals (3-1); lost to New England 41-20, drops two spots – We can’t fault the Cardinals too badly for this blowout loss, given that they were playing at Denver and with brutally ineffective Logan Thomas at QB.

7. Indianapolis Colts (3-2); beat Houston Texans 33-28 (Thursday Night), moves up one spot – Andrew Luck still doesn’t have an outstanding supporting cast. But they are definitely good enough to help this team win the AFC South.

8. New England Patriots (2-2); beat Cincinnati Bengals 43-17, moves up four spots – Last week, half the NFL stories were about Tom Brady’s decline. This week, it’s all praise for the 37-year-old quarterback.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1); lost to New England Patriots 43-17, drops six spots – The darlings of many power rankings a week ago, Cincinnati got smashed in New England. The key stat for Cincy: 0-for-7 on third downs.

eddie-lacy-rookie-of-the-year10. Green Bay Packers (3-2); beat Minnesota Vikings 42-10, moves up one spot – Eddie Lacy finally went over 100 yards and he added a couple scores as Green Bay rolled against the Vikings.

11. Dallas Cowboys (4-1); beat Houston Texans 20-17, moves up two spots – DeMarco Murray became just the third running back to rush for over 100 yards in the first five games. His company: Jim Brown and O.J. Simpson.

12. Detroit Lions (3-2); lost to Buffalo Bills 17-14, drops three spots – Detroit is now on to its third kicker of the season, and for good reason because they’re 4-of-12 on field goals.

13. Baltimore Ravens (3-2); lost to Indianapolis Colts 20-13, drops three spots – The offense looked pretty tame until the last quarter while the defense did its best to make this a tough, gritty game.

14. Carolina Panthers (3-2); beat Chicago Bears 31-24, moves up three spots – It’s a good thing that Carolina got this victory because they’re entering the meet of their schedule, beginning with a trip to Cincinnati.

15. New Orleans Saints (2-3); beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-31 (OT), moves up one spot – Predictably, New Orleans won at home again; they’re 2-0 at home and 0-3 on the road.

jay-cutler-bears16. Chicago Bears (2-3); lost to Carolina Panthers 31-24, drops two spots – Chicago started off well but faded down the stretch. Both of Jay Cutler’s interceptions were downfield throws, and he’s completing just 23% of these attempts.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2); beat Jacksonville 17-9, moves up one spot – Pittsburgh seems to be a pretty middling team. A week after losing to Tampa Bay, they won a tight contest against league-worst Jacksonville.

18. Buffalo Bills (3-2); beat Detroit Lions 17-14, drops two spots – After a terrible start by Kyle Orton, he rallied the troops for 17 straight points to win this one.

19. Miami Dolphins (2-2); bye week, retains same ranking – Miami faces a pivotal home game against Green Bay that will go a long way towards determining their AFC East title chances.

20. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2); lost to San Francisco 22-17, drops five spots – After scoring on their first two drives, Kansas City’s offense completely staggered, failing to get a drive of more than six plays going.

21. New York Giants (3-2); beat Atlanta Falcons 30-20, moves up one spot

22. Atlanta Falcons (2-3); lost to New York Giants, drops one spot

23. Cleveland Browns (2-2); beat Tennessee Titans 29-28, moves up four spots

24. Houston Texans (3-2); lost to Indianapolis 33-28 (Thursday Night), retains same ranking

25. St. Louis (1-3); lost to Philadelphia Eagles 34-28, retains same ranking

26. Tennessee Titans (1-4); lost to Cleveland Browns, moves up three spots

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-4); lost to New Orleans Saints 37-31 (OT), moves up three spots

28. New York Jets (1-4); lost to San Diego 31-0, drops two spots

29. Washington Redskins (1-4); lost to Seattle 27-17, moves two spots

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-3); lost to Green Bay 42-10, drops three spots

31. Oakland Raiders (0-4); bye week, retains same ranking

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5); lost to Pittsburgh Steelers 17-9, retains same ranking