After another week of good predictions from myself and Nader, we are back at it. Although the primetime games continue to stink, there are plenty of exciting matchups around the league. It’s week six and as always, we predict who will make their game exciting by leading the league in various stat categories.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills, Quarterback – Dash
We get another rendition of Patrick Mahomes vs Josh Allen this week. So of course the passing leader will come from that game. It could be Allen or Mahomes but I’m giving the edge to the guy on the more explosive team with the better one-two punch at receiver. Expect fireworks to the tune of 400 yards and four touchdowns.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens, Quarterback – Nader
Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are bound for a huge get right game, coming off of tough matchups with the Bengals and Bills. The Giants have struggled with effectively rushing the passer this year, and when Lamar isn’t getting properly blitzed, we all know what happens. Lamar has looked like a top MVP candidate so far, and this is Brian Daboll’s Giants debut against a true contender. Expect 290 passing yards, 90 rushing yards, and three total touchdowns.
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers, Running Back – Dash
It shouldn’t be crazy to say that Aaron Jones can lead the league in rushing on a given week, but it’s starting to feel that way. Jones has not been used very much leading up to this week but I expect that to change. The Packers lost a very disappointing game last week and I expect them to make changes accordingly. Get your best offensive playmaker (other than Aaron Rodgers) the football and let him work. Jones could easily see 130 yards and three touchdowns if the Packers make him the focus of the offense.
Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns, Running Back – Nader
Nick Chubb is an absolute stud and he’s been showing the world how truly good he is. The Georgia product is really starting to separate himself in a league of his own when it comes to running backs, with only Saquon Barkley near him so far this year. The Browns are still heavily depending on Chubb to work without a true quarterback one under center, and another favorable matchup against New England is next up. I see Chubb finishing the week with two touchdowns and 120 yards, putting his season total when it comes to rushing yards over 700, only six games in.
Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills, Wide Receiver – Dash
Diggs will benefit from the high powered matchup at quarterback. Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes always seem to play in wild games. Stefon Diggs will be Allen’s primary target and given that the Chiefs don’t have an elite talent at corner, he should put on a show. Diggs could reach 140 yards and haul in two scores in one of the best games of the season.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings, Wide Receiver – Nader
Justin Jefferson is 100% in contention for the best wideout in the league. After a rough couple of outings in weeks three and four, Jefferson has returned to form with a combined 22 receptions and 301 yards in the last couple of games. Two weeks ago against the Saints, he played a pass defense that wasn’t terrible by any means, but he was still able to exploit them and help his team secure a win in London. On Sunday, he faces a Miami secondary that is in fact weak, and will certainly put on a show. I predict 140 yards, 12 receptions, and a touchdown for Jefferson.
Travon Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars, Edge Rusher – Dash
After being the first overall pick in this year’s draft, Travon Walker will make his first major statement in the NFL this week. Against an awful Colts offense, Walker is set to have a big day. The Colts are tied for the most sacks allowed and with Josh Allen on one side and Walker on the other, they’ll be in for another long day. Walker will get two sacks and bat down a ball at the line of scrimmage as he shows everyone why he was the number one player taken this year.
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams, Interior Defensive Lineman – Nader
Do I really need to explain this one? Aaron Donald is a top two defensive player of all time and certainly the most dominant of our era. He has a great matchup against the Carolina Panthers and should surely wreak havoc. Donald’s sack total will go up to six after this week, adding two more in the late slot of the Sunday’s slate.