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Jets vs Browns: Five Bold Predictions

Bold is beautiful.

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Welcome back to the weekly Bold Predictions, 2015 edition.  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 virtually impossible. Saying that Chris Ivory will run for 423 yards and eight touchdowns is not a Bold Prediction, nor is saying that Jeff Cumberland will not catch a pass. 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 year's Bold Predictions results before moving on to today's game.  We never got a chance to review the final game predictions, so let's start there.  I predicted Geno Smith would produce more combined rushing and passing touchdowns than Ryan Tannehill.  Final result: Geno 3 TDs, Tannehill 1.  Nailed it.  I predicted Geno Smith would have a better passer rating than Ryan Tannehill.  Final result: Geno 158, Tannehill 87.  Nailed it again.  I predicted the Jets tight ends would produce 75+ yards and a touchdown.  Final result:  101 yards and 1 TD.  That's three for three.  None of my other predictions were close.

Still, I ended with a flourish.  It's the pesky rest of the season that did me in.  On the year I got 11 out of 80 correct.  I also brought my record to 9-7 in predicting the winner of the game, having correctly predicted a Jets win over the Dolphins.

That brings us to 2015.  A brand new opportunity to get things wrong.

Here are my five Bold Predictions for Sunday's game:

1.  The Jets will double the Browns in rushing yards.

2.  The Jets will double the Browns in passing yards.

3.  Chris Ivory will set a new career best in yards from scrimmage with 180+ yards.

4.  The Jets will not give up a sack.

5.  The Jets will score a touchdown on defense and/or special teams.

And a bonus prediction: Calvin Pryor will do something to make you take notice and say to yourself "oh yeah, THAT's why we drafted him in the first round."

Final Score:  Jets open the season with a bang.  Jets 26, Browns 13.