Patriots vs. Eagles: 6 Bold Predictions

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5. Damaris Johnson will score punt return touchdown

Even though there’s a good chance Danny Amendola will return in Week 13, the Patriots may decide to keep him out of harm’s way on punt and kick returns. At least, that’s what I would do if I was wearing the hoodie on the sideline this Sunday. Amendola is one of the most valuable members of the offense without Julian Edelman around; he shouldn’t be risked in the dangerous return game.

Expect the Pats to employ the services of newly signed Damaris Johnson right away. Johnson is a proven veteran, a speedy 175-pounder that should be the player fielding punts and kicks against the Eagles.

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You probably didn’t know that the Eagles surrender fewer yards per punt return (4.7) than any other team in the NFL. Their success has been a combination of outstanding punting from 12-year veteran Donnie Jones and excellent coverage.

With that in mind, it is bold to predict that Johnson will return a punt for a touchdown in this game. But it’s going to happen, and Patriots fans will start falling in love with Johnson as a result.

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