Week 11: Bold Predictions

It’s time again to get BOLD. Let’s do it:

Matthew Stafford Will Pass for 400+ Yards vs. the Oakland Raiders

It’s easy to forget about statistics when you look at a team’s record. But despite the Lions being 2-7, Matthew Stafford is in for another high volume season in the passing yardage category. This looks like it could be Stafford’s 5th consecutive season of 4,000+ yards, putting him in some elite company. The Detroit signal-caller has seen the 400-yard mark 7 times in his career, and has a nice matchup to try and reach that again this Sunday. Oakland is allowing 293 pass yards per game, second to only the New York Giants in that category. The Raiders’ offense is the best that they’ve had in years, and this game has a good chance of being a shootout. It’s never a surprise to see Stafford being given 45+ passing attempts, and with that comes yardage. It’s bold to predict such a game for any player on any particular week, but it probably wouldn’t surprise anyone if Stafford reaches this number.

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Julio Jones Records 13+ Receptions vs. the Indianapolis Colts

Despite recording 4 games with double-digit receptions, Julio Jones has only hit this mark once this season. But, coming off the bye for a home game against the Colts could mean big numbers for the elite wide out. The Colts are close to the backend of the NFL in most receiving defense categories, ranking 7th worth in the NFL with an average of 12.3 yards per reception and 287.4 receiving yards per game. While he could be shadowed by Vontae Davis a fair amount, it’s nothing that Julio can’t handle. Look for him to come out big this weekend, with a chance of finding the teens in receptions.

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LeSean McCoy Will Not Exceed 50 Rushing Yards vs. the New England Patriots

Despite some injury issues to begin the season, Shady McCoy has just been fine of recently. He’s gotten at least 16 rushing attempts in his last four games, and has logged exactly 112 rushing yards in each of his last two. But, things might come to a halt this coming Monday night in New England. Despite issues in the secondary, the Patriots have an underrated rushing defense, having allowed just 88.2 yards per game (second to only the Jets). But, this could be more about New Englan’s offense than anything. No offense is scoring more points per game (33.7), and only Arizona is racking up more yards from scrimmage than New England’s 418.7. The Bills could certainly be playing from behind, and will be forced to attempt deep throws. If this is the case, McCoy could be in for a down week on the ground.

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Darren McFadden Will Rush for 125+ Yards vs. the Miami Dolphins

While the Dolphins’ pass rush is intimidating, the team has been one of the worst at defending the run this season. Miami is allowing 135.6 yards per game, amounting to the second-worst rate in the league. With the news coming in that Christine Michael has been cut, Darren McFadden’s stronghold on the Cowboys feature-back role becomes even firmer. He’s averaged 23 rushing attempts in his last four games, and has a shot at another 20+ carries this coming week. While last week’s 32-yard performance against Tampa was discouraging, there is major disparity between last week’s opponent and this one. Run DMC has shown spurts of his old self and can easily show them again this coming week in Miami.

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