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.