Disclaimer: A Bold Prediction is not something that is likely or probable 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 Geno Smith is going to throw for 162 yards and one touchdown is not a bold prediction, nor is saying that Chris Johnson will run for 423 yards and eight touchdowns. By definition, Bold Predictions are unlikely, but possible, to occur. Since this is a Jets site, they are also pro-Jets predictions. As always, the Final Score prediction is meant to be realistic, not a Bold Prediction.
Let's take a quick look at last week's Bold Predictions results before moving on to Sunday's game. I predicted that the the Jets defense would hold Calvin Johnson under 80 yards receiving and without a TD. Johnson finished with 12 yards and zero TDs. Nailed it. Good thing that one wasn't too bad, because the rest of my predictions were straight garbage (sigh). So far out of 20 Bold Predictions this year I've gotten three right. Genius. My bonus prediction last week was that Jalen Saunders would do something, anything, to make you think he actually deserves a roster spot on this team. Oops. Apparently not, since Saunders was cut after the game. That makes me three for four this year in bonus predictions. Not bad. I fell to 2-2 in predicting the winner of the game, having predicted a narrow Jets win last Sunday.
Let's see what I can get right this week.
Here are my five Bold Predictions for Sunday's game:
1. Ryan Quigley will average better than 53 yards per punt.
2. Jace Amaro will have 100 or more receiving yards and a TD.
3. Chris Ivory will be the first back to exceed 53 yards rushing against the Chargers, will have 120+ yards total offense, and will score 2 TDs.
4. Jets backs will combine for 10+ catches and 100+ receiving yards.
5. The Jets will hold Antonio Gates to less than 40 yards receiving and zero TDs.
And a bonus prediction: Dee Milliner will not end the game having aggravated an old injury or gotten a new one.
Final Score: This game by every logical thought process should end in a San Diego victory. And while the wishful homer in me that has predicted 3 out of 4 Jets wins to date very much wants to believe Geno will turn things around, the secondary will withstand the Chargers' passing barrage, the defense will force some turnovers, and the running game will do what no other team has been able to do against San Diego and dominate the game, I just can't quite get there. In the San Diego sun, Chargers 23, Jets 10, Geno in deep trouble.