The Indianapolis Colts have begun the season with a 2-2 record and will face their toughest test of the season in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. As good as Patrick Mahomes has been, Jacoby Brissett is going to have to play near the same level as him on Sunday Night Football.
Shortly before the season began, Brissett was shocked that he was going to have to start at quarterback for Indianapolis following Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement. Nevertheless, the young quarterback was prepared to assume the leadership role in the offense in 2019.
In the first four games of the season, Brissett has been very good considering the circumstances. The Colts new franchise quarterback has thrown for 911 yards, 10 touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Additionally, Brissett has the Colts in a position where they are tied for first place in the AFC South. No one envisioned Indianapolis staying afloat with Luck hanging up his cleats during the preseason.
Instead, they have been able to show that they still have a talented roster that can win games in the NFL. Brissett and company will have to show that once again in Week 5 versus the Chiefs. In light of that, here are three bold predictions for the Colts quarterback against Kansas City.
3. Brissett Will Rush for 40 Yards
The one area that hasn’t changed much from Luck to Brissett, is the ability for Brissett to create plays with his legs. This season, the Colts signal-caller has rushed for 57 yards on 18 rushing attempts.
However, in Brissett’s 19 starts in his career with the Colts, he has never been able to surpass 36 yards on the ground. With that in mind, the North Carolina State alum will set a career-best in rushing yards in Week 5.
Kansas City has surrendered 88 rushing yards to quarterbacks this season (seventh-most in NFL). Therefore, Brissett should have some success escaping the pocket and tucking the ball to get some yards for the offense.
2. Brissett Will Throw for 325 Yards
When Brissett has been under center, Indianapolis hasn’t asked him to put the ball through the air as much as they did with Luck. As a matter of fact, last week’s contest against the Oakland Raiders was the first time in his career that he attempted more than 40 passes.
Nonetheless, when you square off against the Chiefs, you are expecting to get into a shootout. Due to that, Brissett is going to have to be efficient with his arm if he wants to upset the undefeated Chiefs in Week 5.
Luckily for Brissett, it appears that T.Y. Hilton is on track to start on Sunday after missing last week’s game. With Hilton back in the lineup, the Colts quarterback will throw for a career-high 325 yards on Sunday Night Football.
1. Brissett Will Complete Four Passing Touchdowns
Who is the only quarterback in the NFL that has thrown at least two touchdowns in every game this season? Everyone would probably guess that Mahomes would be the quarterback to do so but you would be wrong. It’s actually the quarterback on the other side of the field in this game.
Through the Colts’ first four games, Brissett is tied with Lamar Jackson and Mahomes for the second-most touchdown passes in the NFL. The only quarterback ahead of them is Russell Wilson—who already played in Week 5.
Again, Brissett is going to have to be at his best to stay within striking distance against the Chiefs. The Colts quarterback will deliver on Sunday night by completing four passing touchdowns for the first time in his career.