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6. Steven Jackson, Joey Iosefa will combine for 100 rushing yards
Alright, this prediction is contingent on a few things. For one, the Patriots’ injury report, which will be released tomorrow. Also, who the Patriots decide to dress for Week 16. Assuming Danny Amendola will sit out because of his knee injury, the Patriots will likely activate just three wideouts—Brandon LaFell, Keshawn Martin and Leonard Hankerson (more on Hank later).
That will open up an extra roster spot, and the Patriots will use it to dress both Jackson and Iosefa with Brandon Bolden and James White. Bolden will be used on special teams more than he will actually carry the ball, meaning that Jackson and Iosefa will be the focal points of the Patriots’ rushing attack.
What makes this prediction bold is the fact that the Jets rank fifth in the league with a yards allowed per carry average of just 3.8. Muhammad Wilkerson and company have surrendered only two touchdowns, the fewest amount in football.
The Patriots know that their best chance to make a run at the Super Bowl is through well-balanced play calling even when the opponent boasts a stout front seven. Jackson and Iosefa will bruise their way through the Jets’ defensive line for 100 yards in this game, taking some pressure off Tom Brady’s shoulder and slowing the pass rush.
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