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This title is a little misleading, but in a good way, because I’ll actually give you fifteen predictions for tomorrow’s action as opposed to five.. I’ll give five bold takes, which are probably too hyperbolic. I’ll give you five somewhat bold takes, which are slightly risky predictions. And then five mild predictions, which I’m fairly confident I’ll be right about. Enjoy the read.
5 Bold Predictions
The Patriots and Texans Will Score A Combined 70+ Points
It’s the GOAT vs the kid in this one, and I expect some serious fireworks. The Patriot’s secondary usually needs some time to adjust. Remember Kansas City last year? But I expect Tom Brady to come out on fire as well. This will be a very fun game.
Jared Goff will throw for over 400 yards and 4 TDs
The Raiders might have the worst defense in football now that they traded Khalil Mack. What happens when the worst defense in football meets arguably the best offense in football? Bad things. Very bad things. Jared Goff is going to put on a show on Monday night, but most of us won’t even stay up see it.
There will be at least 6 combined turnovers in the Jaguars Giants game
Eli Manning has a history of tossing up plenty of interceptions. Blake Bortles had a career low 13 interceptions last season, but he’s still proven to be prone to turnovers in the past. Both of these offensive lines have a lot to prove, while pass rushes are dominant. This one could get ugly.
Anthony Miller Will Record 8+ Rec, 100+ Yards, and At Least 1 TD
Of course I’ll predict this. This is my dude. He has the MadMan stamp of approval for the season. It’s time for Nagy to unleash the beast that is Anthony Miller.
The Vikings Will Hold The 49er’s Offense To 10 Points Or Fewer
This game will remind us of how difficult it is to move the ball against Minnesota on their turf. San Francisco could be good. Really good. And I might regret this, because Kyle Shanahan is a genius. But this fresh Vikings defense will be looking to avenge an awful performance from last year in the NFC title game. I think they make a statement here.
5 Somewhat Bold Predictions
There will be 10+ combined sacks in the Broncos Seahawks game
Russell Wilson is a magician. A normal quarterback would get sacked 20 times behind that line against this Denver defense. He’ll escape 80% of them and still get taken down 4 or 5 times. Seattle should be able to wreak havoc on Case Keenum as well. This will be fun for old school fans.
The Ravens Will Hold The Bills To Under 10 Points
Here’s a look at the Bill’s offense on paper. At quarterback, we have Nathan Peterman, a man who threw 5 interceptions in one half. He’ll be playing behind a depleted offensive line. He’ll be handing the ball off to a 30 year old running back. His most dangerous receiving threat might be Kelvin Benjamin. Against one of the fiercest defenses in the league? Who are fresh at home? Yikes.
John Ross Will Break 100 yards
The 9th overall pick from a year ago failed to record a single reception in 2017. Even I was surprised, and I thought he was drafted a round too high. Against a weak Colts secondary, he could be in for a break out game. One big catch is all it will take for him to finish with a nice stat line.
Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon Will Combine for 15 Catches
Jarvis Landry hauling in 6 passes is basically guaranteed on a weekly basis. He did it 11 times last year, and in those other 5 games he finished with 5 receptions. On the opposite side of him, Josh Gordon says he’s 100% healthy and ready to go. I’ll be tuning in closely to this one.
Kenyan Drake will eclipse 150 Total Yards
This is another one of my guys. I foresee a big year for Drake, especially as an option in the receiving game. He may only rush for 75 yards, but he could easily match that out of the backfield. Time for Drake to make his fantasy owners feel vindicated.
5 Mild Predictions
David Johnson Will Finish With At Least 150 All-Purpose Yards
This is what a mild prediction looks like. It’s still no guarantee, but would anybody be surprised by this? He’s back, and he’ll remind people quickly that he might be the best backfield weapon in the league. Sam Bradford will be happy to dump it off to him all game. 150 feels like a breeze for him at home against Washington.
Deandre Hopkins Will Finish With At Least 150 Receiving Yards
He’s healthy and Watson is throwing him the ball. There’s not a single player on New England that can match up with him one on one. He’ll have his chances, and I expect a few big plays from him.
Detroit Will Intercept Sam Darnold Twice At The Minimum
The biggest knock on Darnold coming out of school was his turnovers. Behind this weak Jets offensive line, I’d expect plenty more this season. For the Lions, Darius Slay is one of the best corners in the business, and I’m still banking on fellow cornerback Teez Tabor finding his stride. I still think Darnold opens with a solid performance, but a couple of bad decisions will haunt him.
The Chargers Will Force 2+ At Least 2 Turnovers Against Kansas City
You can repeat what I just said about Darnold, but remove the part about the bad offensive line. But then remember that LA has one of the best pass rushes in football. Mahomes will be a stud by October, but he might need a few games to adjust to the speed of regular season football. Against this loaded defense, he’ll likely make a few mistakes.
Chicago and Green Bay will combine for 750+ Yards
This one will feature a ton of offense. I could see over 900 honestly, but since this is the “mild” section, I’ll stick with 750. We get a goody to start Sunday night football. I can’t wait to sit back and watch the Bears offense surprise everybody as they keep up with Green Bay.
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