Disclaimer - A bold prediction is not something that is likely or probably to happen. Bold predictions are guesses that are beyond what anyone can reasonably expect to happen, but not so far as to be physically impossible. Saying that Rex Ryan will eat a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts is not a bold prediction, nor is saying that Calvin Pace will have fifteen tackles-for-loss, eight sacks, and five interceptions. By definition, bold predictions are unlikely, but possible, to occur.
With that said, here are our bold predictions for tomorrow's game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots:
Scott Salmon's Bold Predictions:
1. Stephen Hill will redeem himself from his brutal drop last year in Foxboro, scoring the game-winning touchdown.
2. Sheldon Richardson will sack Tom Brady three times in a breakout game.
3. The running game will wake up from last week's slumber and rush for over 150 yards combined.
Smackdad's Bold Predictions:
1. The Thunder and Lightning tight end combo of Kellen Winslow and Jeff Cumberland strikes terror in the hearts of the Patriots, combining for 10+ catches and 100+ yards. "Thunder" Winslow rumbles through the Patriots defense at will for the majority of the catches, but "Lightning" Cumberland strikes downfield for 2 touchdowns.
2. Geno Smith plays turnover free football, the first of many such games as a Jet, and finishes the game with a higher passer rating than his Tomness, the QB patriarch of the Brady Bunch.
3. Antonio Cromartie bounces back in a big way from his horrid opener, limiting his assignment to a single catch for less than 12 yards and picking up an INT.
Last Week's (Mostly) Correct Predictions:
Last week, I predicted that Nick Folk would convert four field goals. Instead, he converted three, including the game-winner. Smackdad predicted that Doug Martin would be held below 65 yards rushing and would not score a touchdown. Martin ended up producing exactly 65 yards rushing.
(Realistic) Final Score Predictions:
Scott - Jets 17, Patriots 14
Smackdad - Jets 20, Patriots 13