3 Bold Predictions for Patriots vs Commanders

3 bold predictions for Patriots vs Commanders in Week 9.
3 bold predictions for Patriots vs Commanders in Week 9. / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Demario Douglas Goes Off

Demario Douglas has had a decent rookie season so far, but it certainly hasn't been anything to write home about. Through 7 games, the sixth-round pick has 19 catches on 30 targets for 222 receiving yards and no touchdowns. He's also added 29 yards on the ground on 3 rushing attempts.

With Kendrick Bourne (knee) out and DeVante Parker (concussion) likely out as well, look for Douglas to break out in a major way this week. The opportunities will be there, and he'll take advantage.

Douglas has been getting more involved lately with 9 catches on 13 targets for 79 yards over his last 2 games. The Patriots need someone to step up and lead their receiving corps this week, and Douglas is primed to do just that.

The 22-year-old speedster has flashed big-play ability, averaging a healthy 11.7 yards per reception. Expect him to rip off a couple of huge plays and find the end zone for the first time against a Washington defense that's given up the fourth-most passing yards per game and most passing touchdowns in the NFL.

Douglas has yet to top 54 receiving yards in a game, but don't be surprised if he approaches triple digits and finally scores his first touchdown.