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. Nor is saying that Ben Schneier22 will predict that Geno Smith is going to throw for 162 yards and one touchdown and 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 Monday's game. I predicted that Demario Davis would get 2 sacks and 8 or more tackles. He ended up with 2 sacks and 6 tackles. Not quite perfect, but considering Davis had all of 1 sack in his entire career prior to last week's game, I'm going to go ahead and count that in the I got that one right column. So sue me. Other than the Davis prediction, I really wasn't close to getting anything right. And then there was my bonus prediction: "Tommy Bohannon will make at least one play that you notice and say to yourself, well, at least on that play he didn't suck." Pretty much coming out of nowhere, Mr. Bohannon actually had three such plays, easily his best game as a pro. He ran for a first down, caught a couple of passes for 30 yards - who was this guy, and what did he do with our T-Bo? That makes me 2 for 2 in bonus predictions. Will wonders never cease? I also am 2 for 2 in predicting the winner of the game, having nearly nailed the final score last week in calling for a 31-24 Packers win.
Let's see what I can get right this week.
Here are my five Bold Predictions for Sunday's game:
1. Jeff Cumberland will go off for 5 or more catches for 90 or more yards, setting new career highs in both categories. He will also haul in at least one 30+ yard catch.
2. Chris Johnson will run for 110 or more yards and have 50 or more receiving yards, and score at least 2 TDs.
3. David Harris will have at least 1 sack, 1 INT, and 1 forced fumble, while leading the Jets in tackles.
4. Sheldon Richardson will intercept a pass, catch a pass, and score a TD.
5. The Jets defense will hold the Bears wide receivers to less than 110 yards receiving and zero TDs.
And a bonus prediction: Ryan Quigley will not do anything to make GGN members call for his job on Monday Night. That may be my boldest prediction yet.
Final Score: This game has all the matchup elements of a Bears blowout. With Jeffery and Marshall and Forte and Bennett the Bears have too many weapons and the Jets have too few guys who can cover them. Nonetheless, after last week's less than stellar job by Ryan and the Jets coaching staff, I'm going with a Rex special this game. The Jets pull some defensive wrinkles Cutler's never seen before out of the hat, harass and pressure Cutler all day, and the Bear's QB eventually folds and makes critical errors in crunch time. Jets 23, Bears 17.