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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3. Mac Jones Throws 3 Touchdown Passes

Mac Jones has thrown 3 touchdown passes only once this year, and that was all the way back in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Since then, he's only thrown 6 TD passes in 7 games combined while throwing 7 interceptions over the same span.

Even without his No. 1 receiver (Bourne) and likely Parker as well, I'm still expecting Jones to bounce back in a big way this weekend.

As mentioned, the Commanders' defense is absolutely terrible, especially in the secondary. It's allowing 256.8 passing yards per game and has already given up 18 touchdowns through the air (2.3 per game).

This unit will be even worse without edge rushers Chase Young and Montez Sweat, both of whom were traded this week. Who's going to put pressure on Jones in their absence? He should benefit from a clean pocket this week, which will allow him to sit back and pick apart Washington's secondary.

Jones has also been playing better lately with 2 touchdown passes in each of his last 2 games. He's coming into this week with some momentum and appears poised for a monster performance against the weakest defense he's faced all season. Expect him to spread the ball around and notch at least 3 TD passes -- 1 to Douglas, 1 to a tight end (probably Hunter Henry) and 1 to Rhamondre Stevenson.

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