3 Crazy Bold Predictions for Week 7!
Every Sunday morning our team of Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto bring you their Bold Predictions of the week. Maybe they are out of their minds or maybe they have the player that can win it all for you this week.
Duke Johnson will have 150 total yards and two touchdowns
Even before the Friday trade that sent RB Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars and opened playing time for rookie RB Nick Chubb and pass-catching back Duke Johnson, the veteran Johnson had been trending up. His snap rate had jumped to 51% and 47% over the past two games, seeing more opportunity than Hyde during that time. Johnson has also continued to produce despite limited touches. In Week Six, he totaled 109 yards on just six touches and unlike many pass-catching specialists, he is a good runner between the tackles as well. In their first game without Hyde, the Browns face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one of the league’s worst overall defenses. While Chubb will see a spike in his usage as well, it should be Johnson that the Browns rely on in this first game. – Ryan McDowell
Browns will have a WR, RB and TE with 100 yards receiving
On the season the Browns have had only two 100 yard receiving games (both Jarvis Landry). Things will look different in Cleveland this week. Carlos Hyde is gone and it’s Chubb time, but that will have to wait. This week Baker Mayfield will use all his positions to attack the putrid Tampa pass defense. Landry is primed for a breakout after three below average games and will hit 100 for the third time this season. David Njoku has become the favorite target of Mayfield and will hit for his first career 100 yard game against the worst TE defense in the league. Duke Johnson will be the RB to benefit first from the trade of Hyde and for those who were patient or snagged him from free agency will get a 100-yard receiving game today. – Sal Leto
Kerryon Johnson scores multiple touchdowns
Matt Patricia has thus far stuck to his word and has created a painful RBBC in Detroit. Despite LeGarrette Blount’s eyesore of a YPC, he is stil stealing a ton of work and preventing Kerryon Johnson from having a true breakout game. Lions coaches have had two weeks to re-evaluate their team in its entirety, and it is possible the time away gave them an opportunity to recognize Johnson is their best bet to keep their offense operating at a high level. It is possibly wishful thinking, but the absence of Theo Riddick this Sunday opens up more opportunities in the passing game and we know those are not going to Blount. In a muddled NFC North, every touch counts, and Kerryon is the man currently making the most of them. – Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.