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10 Bold predictions for the rest of the season


Let me first start off by saying that I wont do any wins or losses, so it will really just be bold predictions for Patriots Players.

10. Devin McCourty will be better but not nearly as good as last year

McCourty has been really really bad so far. I honestly could not tell you exactly why he is not covering receivers as well as he was last season, but hes not. We all could have accepted a year less than last years pro bowl season but McCourty has  been just awful and honestly I think part of the reason he is still playing this many snaps is that the Patriots really only have 3 usable CB's right now. McCourty will be better after the bye but that wont be hard as he really couldn't be any worse than he has been.

9. Kyle Arrington will lead the Patriots in Interceptions

I'd love to say that Arrington has picked up the slack for McCourty, but while Arrington has been playing well he hasnt made for McCourtys poor play. Arrington does currently lead the team with 4 INT's and I expect he will continue to get his hands on the ball and finish the year leading the team in Interceptions.

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8. Mark Anderson  or Andre Carterwill have 12 or more sacks

Mark Anderson and Andre Carter have gotten better each week and currently Anderson has 3.5 Sacks and Carter has 2.5.  Last year Mike Wright and Tully Banta-Cain led the team with 6 sacks for Wright and 5 for Tully.  Anderson and Carter are already half way there and I think that their improved play will lead to more sacks as the season goes on. Anderson had 12 sacks in his rookie year and Carter had 12.5 back in 2002.

7. Kevin Faulk will outperform Danny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead in 2010 was explosive and great on 3rd down. He had 926 total yards in 14 games and had 5.6 yards per rush, this year he is at 4.1 yards per rush. Not a terrible fall off but he also hasn't been very good at blocking and the Patriots seemed to be using Green-Ellis in that role more this season. Faulk has come back to practice and will likely be activated for the Steelers game. Woodhead overall has been equal to or better than Faulk as a 3DRB, but not being an elf Faulk is a better blocker than Woodhead. Faulk will be looking to prove himself and his better blocking I think will lead Faulk to get more snaps than Woodhead and if that happens there wont be many snaps for Woodhead as Green-Ellis, Ridley and Faulk would all be ahead of him on the depth chart.

6. Tom Brady will surpass 5,000 yards, but not win the MVP

Tom Brady has thrown for 2163 yards through 6 games so far this season and could very well surpass his outstanding 4,806 passing yards from 2007. Tom Brady is on a historic pace and the offense is going to get better as the season goes on with hopefully Ochocinco becoming a bigger part of the offense. Tom Brady Will throw over 5,000 yards but this is Aaron Rodger's Year and unless Rodgers has a catastrophic collapse he will win the MVP. The thing that will likely set him back is going to be his high INT numbers; Brady has never thrown more than 14 Interceptions but he has 8 so far this season and that's in stark contrast to his four last year. Rodgers also has a much easier schedule, but those INT's are whats keeping Brady from being the best QB in the NFL right now.

5. OchoCinco will bounce back in a good way

Chad has been disappointing this season with only 9 receptions for 136 yards and much has been made about how he has not had the impact that we thought he would. My prediction is that's over and Ocho will a awesome second half and will put up at least 600 yards with 5 TD's. He may not break out next week but he will soon and the tandem of Welker and OchoCinco will make the Patriots offense nearly unstoppable.

4. BenJarvus Green-Ellis will rush have another 1,000 yard rushing season.

Nobody thought BenJarvus Green-Ellis would rush for 1,000 yards last season and coming into this season most people thought he would not be able to get to 1,000 yards with pass heavy Patriots drafting a pair of young running backs who were sure to get snaps. The Lawfirm has rushed for 391 yards in 6 games and he had 259 yards through 6 last year. A large part of this is that the Patriots have been a lot more balanced in pass and run plays than they have been in years.

3. The Patriots will finish the regular season 15-1

The Patriots have three challenging games coming up against the Steelers, Giants and Jets but after that they are playing 1 team with a record over .500 and that's the Buffallo Bills in week 17. The Patriots will beat the Steelers, the Giants have played one game against teams over .500 and we've already beaten the Jets once and those are the only challenging opponents.

2. Wes Welker will break Jerry Rice's single season receiving yards record

Wes Welker has 785 receiving yards through 6 games and will easily eclipse Jerry Rice's single season record of 1,848 before week 17. Welker is having a hell of a season to say the least and will earn himself a nice pay raise

1.  The Patriots will go to the Superbowl!

I wont say the Patriots will win the Superbowl but they will make it to the Superbowl and finally win a playoff game after going 0-2 since the 2007 Superbowl.

 

Those are my ten bold predictions call me an idiot all you want in the comments!

The views expressed in these FanPosts are not necessarily those of the writers or SBNation.

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