Hello, football fans and welcome to the Fuel Tank! In this exciting column, we will be doing things a bit differently this week by giving some BOLD takes, so stay tuned for that. Please don’t bash anyone or post any hateful comments as everyone has a right to their own opinion! With that said, let’s jump right into today’s story.
Another exciting week of football is right around the corner, so you know what that means: it time for some bold takes! Of course, I don’t expect any of these to be right, but we can only hope they are. Playoff hopes, divisional titles, draft placements, and multiple other instances are on the line, along with some exciting storylines to go alongside it. With that said, let’s hop right into the fire takes:
1. Jalen Hurts shocks the league by throwing for 250+ yards and two touchdowns
New Orleans is ranked 4th among all passing defense within the league, allowing a 212.8 pass yard average per game; they fall behind the Rams, the Steelers, and Washington. In their last three games, however, they are first in the category, allowing just 156.7 passing yards per game. This will be Jalen Hurts’ first game he has started in his young career, and when he came in for Wentz against the Packers, he had a decent showing; he threw for 109 yards, a touchdown, and an interception on 5/12 attempts.
I believe he will pull off something great, and that will be throwing for over 250 yards and two touchdowns with one of the worst cores around. While I don’t think he’ll win, I still believe he’ll be able to put up these numbers against the best team in the NFC.
2. The Buccaneers will fall to the Vikings
The Buccaneers are coming off the bye week on a two-game skid, losing to the Chiefs and the Rams, while the Vikings are coming two major wins for a chance at a playoff spot against the Panthers and the Jaguars. The Bucs will face the Vikings’ offense who have lethal weapons in the backfield and in the receiving core, especially Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen. While the Bucs have the best rush defense in the league, allowing around 74 yards per game, Cook is averaging 113.6 yards per game, which is THE best in the league.
The Bucs’ pass defense has taken a turn for the worst; their ranked 23rd in overall pass defense, allowing 255.8 yards per game while allowing 318 yards throughout the past three games; this is ranked 2nd-worst in the league. Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins, Vikings quarterback, has thrown for over 300 yards in his past three games, and with the likes of Thielen and Jefferson (who is the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year), this makes the Bucs’ defenses job ten times harder. Let’s not forget that they do utilize Cook effectively in the passing game, so they must watch out for it as well.
3. Washington holds the 49ers to under 200 passing yards
This one isn’t too far fetched. Washington has the 3rd best pass defense in the league, allowing 203.8 yards per game and they’re allowing around 231 yards in their last three games. While it’s farther than what I’m expecting, Mullens isn’t the best quarterback in the world; furthermore, I just believe in the Washington pass defense a lot. It should be a win here for Washington.
4. Josh Jacobs rips the Colts’ defense for 125 rushing yards
Jacobs is coming off an ankle injury that sidelined him in Week 13, and it seems as though he’s ready to get back on the field. The Colts defense has allowed around 128 rushing yards per game in the last three games, so this stats doesn’t seem too unrealistic. They already have given up 178 yards to Derrick Henry, so it shows that this Colts defense can be exposed if the players and coaches play the cards right. I’ll also predict that he scores two rushing touchdowns as well.
5. The Jets will beat the Seahawks
This is more of a joke bold prediction than anything, but with the way the Seahawks have been playing, I wouldn’t be too surprised if this happens. The Jets almost scrapped a win against the Raiders, and it seems as though that may end up with a win after all. If the Seahawks somehow lose here, they’ll be the laughing stocks of the league for the rest of the year, and fans from all over would love to join in on the action.