It’s bold predictions time with Mark again! Be sure to leave your BOLD predictions in the comments!
1.) Zach Wilson is a top 10 quarterback.
Justification: Crazy right? Well he proved some mettle last week with a solid performance and this week he faces a porous Atlanta secondary who has allowed the fourth-most points to opposing QBs. This could be a very real chance for back-to-back strong efforts from Wilson.
2.) Marvin Jones is a top 12 wide receiver.
Justification: Jacksonville is in shambles but there is a part of me that thinks the players rally not around Urban but around Trevor Lawrence, and really shine. Seeing the social media posts has me thinking the players exceed expectations IN SPITE of what happened last weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The Jags play Tennessee, who have a not so great secondary.
3.) Austin Ekeler finishes outside the top 15 running backs.
Justification: I have been somewhat on the Ekeler train this year and really like not only his skills but the offensive line he has in front of him. Problem is, they face one of the deadliest defensive lines with Myles Garrett and Jadaveon Clowney (pending injury), not to mention Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah at linebacker. I think the Chargers utilize Justin Herbert heavily this week.
4.) Bills vs. Chiefs over/under is 56.5, give me the under at 49.
Justification: Taking the under in either a Bills or Chiefs games seems unwise, but I sincerely think we see the Bills defense stack up and we get a rare strong showing from the Chiefs defense as well. Call this supremely gut-oriented, but I think this game falls short of the exceeding over/under expectations.
5.) Jack Doyle is a top 12 tight end.
Justification: The Colts have decreasingly utilized Doyle since Week 1, but I think we see a rebound against a Baltimore team that, for years now, has allowed some serious yardage and red zone targets to opposing tight ends. Doyle had back issues last week but there have not been many rumblings about that this week. He has yet to get on the scoring board this season and I think this is the week that happens.