27 Sep 5 Bold Predictions That’ll Surely Come True
5 Bold Predictions That’ll Surely Come True
Welcome back to another bold predictions piece that I am quite positive will come true.
Alright, well, fairly confident. This season, I’ve hit on 2 of my 10 bold predictions for the season, which is a whopping 20 percent clip. I may be no genius, but I’m hitting on 1 out of every 5, so something I’m predicting is bound to happen.
Without further ado, lets get into some predictions!
1. The 49ers Will Force 4 Turnovers
Alright, I’ve predicted this to happen two weeks in a row, and it hasn’t yet. However, that will not stop me from going after this once more. Daniel Jones, much alike to Sam Darnold, is very turnover prone. This season, Jones has thrown 3 interceptions, to go along with 1 fumble. By no means is this awful, but from your franchise QB, is surely not ideal. Even after the losses of Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, and the current unknown status of Dee Ford’s health, the 49ers will be rolling the backup defensive line outside of Arik Armstead. The team recently signed former Seahawks DE’s Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah to the active roster. Both men are not world beaters by any means, but, they have potential to succeed under Robert Saleh and Kris Kocurek. The Giants’ OL is one of the worst in the league. According to ESPN’s pass-block metric, where offensive lineman are winning their pass blocks, the Giants are performing at a 45% clip, 4th worst in the league. If the DL can get after Daniel Jones for most of the afternoon, and force either errant throws or fumbles (Jones committed 30 total turnovers last season) look for the LBs and DBs to be aggressive and make plays on the ball.
2. Jeff Wilson Will Rush For 3 TDs
To those who don’t know, I have a soft spot for Jeff Wilson Jr. I think he is the strongest RB on the team in terms of finishing after contact and falling forward for extra yards. No RB on the team runs as tall and strong as he does, which should set himself up nicely to have a career day against the Giants. This is slightly predicated on the 49ers moving the ball on offense efficiently and setting up Wilson for goal-line carries. Even with Nick Mullens starting and no Garoppolo, Mostert, Coleman, Deebo, etc., I still believe this offense can make some noise against the Giants. It could tough sledding, as the Giants do feature a top-10 defense at the moment, however, do not underestimate Kyle Shanahan’s ability to scheme plays open and attack a defense where it’s weak. Look for Mullens to target his TEs and RBs, as Shanahan may not have the confidence in the WR yet. If this is the case, it’ll be a big day for both Jerick McKinnon and Wilson, but for now, I’ll give the edge to Wilson.
3. The 49ers Defense Will Shutout the Giants
I have to push my bold predictions to the extreme for the night, but let’s roll with this. The Giants, who just lost star RB Saquon Barkley to a torn ACL, will be struggling to find who can be “the guy” in this offense. They will also be without WR2 Sterling Shepard, who is out with a toe injury. That leaves it up to “big play” Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, and an inconsistent Evan Engram. If the Giants cannot get a running game going (they signed Devonta Freeman this week) look for Daniel Jones to take a pass-heavy approach. The 49ers secondary may be suspect, but I believe in the pass rush. This will be a big test for the Giants OL, as I feel the unit will really determine the outcome for the Big Blue.
4. Javon Kinlaw Will Record 2 Sacks
Someone has to step up on the DL with the loss of Bosa, so why not Kinlaw? In last weeks game against the Jets, Kinlaw pressured Sam Darnold twice according to PFF. Although not too major, this number is still good for the rookie. Having to go up against the Giants OL, Kinlaw could be looking at a solid matchup. He will likely be lining against either G Kevin Zeitler, or Will Hernandez. These two men combined have allowed 15 pressures in two games. Not ideal, as both men are highly regarded as two solid OL pieces. Nonetheless, look for Saleh to go out and dial up pressure against Daniel Jones, and the focal point of the banged-up pass rush could be Kinlaw. Look for him to go out there, record his first sack of his young career, and make a name for himself early on in the season.
5. Nick Mullens Will Finish With 0 Passing TDs
Not to say I don’t have confidence in the kid, but he is stepping into a situation missing both of his starting RBs, starting TE, and starting WR. On top of this, the 49ers OL has been blocking poorly to start the season, so it could be a rough day for the young gun slinger. On the other hand, Kyle Shanahan could look to light up the Giants questionable secondary early by starting Mullens off with lots of looks to rookie Brandon Aiyuk, or rising star Jordan Reed. Unfortunately, I don’t quite believe in this, as Shanahan has pointed out he still is not quite confident with his WR room. It could be a run-heavy day for the 49ers, so look for Mullens to be on game-managing duties and keep the ball in the team’s hands to dominate the overall time of possession.