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Bold Predictions: Full Season Edition

Freeman McNeil

The 2018 Jets football season is upon us, and that means it’s time to once again go boldly where this man has gone before and make some Bold Predictions for the entire season. Please, everyone, try to contain your excitement, if I’m going to be interrupted with constant shrieks of excitement and feinting fits we’ll never get through this.

Disclaimer: A Bold Prediction is not something that is likely or probable to happen. Bold Predictions are blind guesses that are laughably optimistic beyond what anyone can reasonably expect to happen, but not so far as to be virtually impossible. Saying that Robby Anderson will put up 700 yards receiving on the year is not a Bold Prediction, nor is saying that Avery Wiliamson will lead the league in interceptions. By definition, Bold Predictions are unlikely, but not impossible, to occur. Since this is a Jets site, they are also pro-Jets predictions. We’ll also throw in a final record prediction which is meant to be realistic, not a Bold Prediction, just for kicks.

Here are my Bold Predictions for the 2018 New York Jets:

  1. Joe Namath’s ancient franchise record for passing yards in a season, 4007, will finally be surpassed more than 50 years after it was set (in a 14 game schedule no less). Sam Darnold will do the honors.
  2. Bilal Powell will finally rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
  3. Neal Sterling will have more receiving yards and more touchdowns than any Jets tight end since Dustin Keller.
  4. Quincy Enunwa will have more receiving yards than any Jets wide receiver not named Marshall in the last decade.
  5. Nathan Shepherd will lead the Jets in sacks.
  6. Trumaine Johnson will set a new Jets record for interceptions in a season by a cornerback.
  7. Doug Middleton will have more interceptions than both Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams.
  8. Trenton Cannon will finally break through and produce a Jets return for a touchdown.
  9. The Jets defense will finish in the top 6 in the NFL in turnovers.
  10. Avery Williamson will score for the first time in his career.

Final Record: Jets crawl back to .500 on the long road to an eventual Darnold led Super Bowl: 8-8 and 2nd in the AFC East.