Just like there are every week, there will surely be some interesting numbers posted from some unexpected players. It’s tough to do, but let’s try and predict them:
Javorius Allen Records 125+ Rushing Yards vs. the Cleveland Browns
With Justin Forsett going down last week, it’s rookie Javorius “Buck” Allen’s time to shine in Baltimore. The team will likely be leaning on the running game especially, as they also suffered a major blow with QB Joe Flacco being knocked out for the season with a torn ACL. No defense has been easier to run on than the Cleveland Browns, having allowed an NFL-worst 138.8 rushing yards per game. While the team is also easy to pass on, Baltimore should be “run first” with Matt Schaub stepping in for his first start behind center. Allen has that workhorse durability, and the volume of carries alone could put him into triple digits on the ground.
DeAndre Hopkins Records 200+ Receiving Yards vs. the New Orleans Saints
Are we picking on a dreadful Saints defense again? You bet we are, and for the right reasons. New Orleans has arguably the NFL’s worst pass defense, and Hopkins should be able to take advantage of this. This seems like a match made in heaven, as the Saints have allowed an abundant 44 receptions of 20+ yards this season. That’s good for the last place in the league in that category. Hopkins has recorded 13 catches of that variety himself, and is coming off a game where he made Darrelle Revis look pedestrian. No one in New Orleans should be able to contain “Nuk”, and this could mean huge numbers for him on Sunday.
Kirk Cousins Records 350+ Passing Yards vs. the New York Giants
As we continue to pick on the Saints’ lousy defense, it’s hard not to do the same with “Big Blue”. In most defensive categories where New Orleans does not rank last, New York takes their stead. This is true in the opposing passing yardage category, as the Giants are allowing the most in the league with 316.4 yards per game. While Cousins has hit the 300-yard mark three times this season, he’s yet to hit a mark quite this high. But, with DeSean Jackson looking healthier by the week, New York could allow some big plays in the passing game. Washington has a middle-of-the-pack defense themselves, so this game could result in a shootout that elicits high volume numbers for Kirk.
Cam Newton Tosses No More Than 1 TD vs. the Dallas Cowboys
The undefeated Panthers are coming off a short week to face Dallas on Thanksgiving. While it’s looked like a potential MVP season for Cam Newton, this could be a tough week for him to get things going through the air. The Boys have allowed just 11 passing touchdowns this season, a miniscule average of 1.1 per game. This team has held above-average QBs like Russell Wilson to low numbers, and could do the same to Cam. Newton has impressively made great work of an underwhelming receiving core, but the Cowboys may have what it takes to slow them down. Cam has a great shot of bringing his team to 11-0 on Thanksgiving Day; he just may have to use his legs and trust his defense in order to do that.