Le’Veon Bell: 3 bold predictions for the Jets RB in Week 6 vs. the Cowboys
Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets will welcome the Dallas Cowboys to MetLife Stadium in Week 6. The Jets’ running back has been unable to get much of anything going, but is this the week he breaks out in New York?
This Sunday, the Jets will be getting Sam Darnold back in the offense after he’s missed the past four weeks due to being struck with mononucleosis. There is no one in the offense who is happier to see Darnold back under center than Bell.
When New York faced the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, Bell had his most productive game of the season. The versatile running back was able to rush for 60 yards on 17 attempts while also adding 32 yards and a touchdown as a receiver.
Since then, Bell has failed to reach the end zone and has averaged just 2.7 yards per rushing attempt. Adam Gase is hoping to see that change with the second-year quarterback returning from his illness.
Considering all of that, here are three bold predictions for Bell in Week 6 versus the Cowboys.
3. Bell will have over 150 yards from scrimmage
Ever since he came into the NFL in 2013, Bell has been arguably the best dual-threat running back in the league. Unfortunately, the veteran running back hasn’t gotten the chance to showcase that with the Jets this season.
Furthermore, Bell only has one game where he has gained over 100 yards from scrimmage this season. That game came in Week 2 versus the Cleveland Browns, where he had 129 yards from scrimmage on 31 touches.
Finally, the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back has a serviceable quarterback under center in Week 6. As a result, Bell will gash the Cowboys defense for over 150 yards from scrimmage at home.
2. Bell will catch 12 passes
As Darnold comes back to the starting lineup, the Jets only have Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson to rely on at wide receiver. Taking this into consideration, the young signal-caller will rely on Bell in the aerial attack on Sunday.
The Jets are heavy underdogs in this game, and Gase knows the only way that his team can win is if Bell gets involved in the passing game. Correspondingly, Bell will be able to catch 12 passes from Darnold in Week 6, tying his career-high in receptions.
In Week 2, Bell hauled in 10 receptions, and his career-high of 12 receptions came in Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers. The Michigan State product will help the Jets attempt to defeat Dallas this Sunday by catching 12 passes for the second time in his career.
1. Bell will score three touchdowns
Through the first five games of the season, Bell hasn’t been able to find the end zone with the Jets. The only touchdown that Bell has scored this season came in Week 1 versus the Bills.
However, in the past few games, he has had to play with Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk as his quarterback. Now, he will get Darnold back, and the offense should be much-improved against a talented Cowboys defense.
Last week, the Cowboys surrendered four rushing touchdowns to Aaron Jones versus the Packers. This week, Bell will get into the end zone three times for New York, whether it comes on the ground or through the air.