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 Michael Vick is going to throw for 162 yards and one touchdown is not a bold prediction, nor is saying that Chris Ivory will run for 423 yards and eight touchdowns. By definition, Bold Predictions are unlikely, but not impossible, 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 Jets would hold Antonio Brown under 84 yards receiving for the first time since December 2013. Nailed that one. I predicted the Jets would score a TD on defense or special teams. The Jets did in fact generate multiple turnovers for the first time in forever, and a couple gave the Jets the ball deep in Steelers' territory, but none resulted in a defensive TD. Close, but no cigar. No other prediction of mine was close. That puts my record at five correct predictions out of 50 on the year, and two straight weeks getting one right. I'm on a roll. My bonus prediction was Geno Smith would come off the bench and lead a TD drive. Ummm... unless he was playing Madden on the sidelines, nope. Four for ten on bonus predictions this year. I brought my record to 4-6 in predicting the winner of the game, having incorrectly predicted a Jets loss to the Steelers.
Let's see what I can get wrong this week.
Here are my five Bold Predictions for Monday's game:
1. Jeremy Kerley will break out of his cloak of invisibility and don a cloak of invincibility with 80+ yards receiving and a TD.
2. Michael Vick will not turn the ball over for the third straight game, the first time he has pulled off the feat since 2010 and only the fourth time in his career.
3. Quinton Coples will get a turnover, the first of his career.
4. Chris Johnson will rush for more than 100 yards for the first time since 2013.
5. The Jets will rush for more than double the Bills' rushing total.
And a bonus prediction: The Jets' defense will generate more turnovers than the Bills' defense.
Final Score: The Jets disappoint that portion of the fanbase that is only rooting for draft position at this point, proving that for some fans, even when they win they lose. Jets 23, Bills 17.