It’s Week 2, people! Let’s get into some bold predictions!
1.) Jalen Hurts finishes as a top 5 QB this week.
Justification: Jalen feasted on Atlanta last week, scoring 3 TDs. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with the SF defense—who got carved up by Jared Goff and Detroit last week—but Jalen and the Eagles’ offense is assuredly better, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him put up similar type stats. It hurts that the 49ers lost Jason Verrett too.
Jalen Hurts balled OUT in his first start of the season pic.twitter.com/jOVCWxSEaV— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 12, 2021
2.) Tee Higgins finishes as a top 10 WR (ranked at WR29 currently)
Justification: Chicago’s secondary got beat quite a bit last week and Higgins looks to be the beneficiary of that situation. Chase might get some targets at slot but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Burrow air it out a bit to Higgins to expose them. Running the ball will be tough with the solid D-Line and linebackers (Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith and Akiem Hicks) that Chicago has, which leaves the pass-heavy option as the Rams did last week.
3.) Christian McCaffrey will finish outside the top 15 RBs this week.
Justification: In one league I am benching him this week, that’s how bold this is. New Orleans’ defense limited Aaron Jones to five carries for nine yards and AJ Dillon to four carries for 19 yards, and the Packers offensive line is no joke. Christian will get the lion’s share of carries and pass attempts, but this Saints defense reminds me of the Patriots defense from two years ago.
4.) Denver is a six point favorite over Jacksonville, but give me the Broncos by over 10 points.
Justification: I am confident Trevor Lawrence will improve, but to be honest I don’t know what he has around him. Denver on the other hand looked locked in and ready to continue to roll this year. Their running game is elite (Melvin averaged the most rushing yards of any running back with 10 attempts last week) and Teddy Bridgewater was sold with a QBR of 95.1. I also expect the Broncos defense to create havoc for Jacksonville’s offense.
5.) David Njoku is a top 10 TE this week.
Justification: He had a career-high 5 targets last week which could have been a specific game plan to go against the Chiefs. Houston is among the weakest teams at defending tight ends, and Stefanski is always fond of using his TEs heavily.