In case the rest of the league needed any more evidence, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett continues to establish himself as a bonafide starter in the 2019 NFL season.
Brissett was nothing short of spectacular in the 30-23 win over the Houston Texans in Week 8 after completing 26-of-39 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns. This marked the second consecutive game in which he managed to lead an impressive upset against an MVP-caliber quarterback.
Many had assumed that the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck meant a looming downtick under center. Fortunately, Brissett’s emergence has helped the Colts maintain their high expectations coming into the season. He has also managed to raise the bar for what is expected of him in the process.
Here are three bold predictions for Brissett in Week 8 versus the Denver Broncos.
3. Brissett Will Throw For Over 400 Yards
The Colts have made it a point to establish a strong run game this season, however, that could very well change if Brissett continues to play at a high level. There is good reason to believe that he will be able to top his stellar performance against the Broncos in Week 8.
Denver was torched by a Kansas City Chiefs offense that played most of the game without quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Despite their struggles, they have proven to be rather stout through the air after giving up the third-fewest passing yards in the NFL season.
Regardless, Brissett will still find a way to top 400 yards at home, especially if cornerback Chris Harris is dealt before the trade deadline.
2. Brissett Will Not Commit Any Turnovers
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Brissett’s emergence with the Colts is that he has shed the label of being a game-manager and become a legitimate game-changer. Of course, there are still qualities of the former that are important to carry over such as taking care of the ball.
He was able to do just that against the Texans after throwing an interception in back-to-back games the two weeks prior. It appears he may finally be getting acclimated to throwing the ball upwards of 30 times a game.
While a pass-heavy approach may allow outside linebacker Von Miller more chances at a patented strip-sack, the lack of overall pressure will keep Brissett from forcing any errors.
1. Brissett Will Rush For One Touchdown
Although Brissett is hardly considered a dual-threat quarterback, he is not shy about using his legs when he needs to. He has tallied at least five rushing attempts in all but one game this season and even reached to end zone against the Chiefs in Week 5.
Indianapolis has no issues relying on its talented backfield led by Marlon Mack to carry their rushing attack. However, the Broncos focus on Mack could allow Brissett to take advantage on a potential fake handoff near the goal line.
Another rushing touchdown would go a long way in helping the Colts quarterback secure his bid as a darkhorse candidate for MVP.