5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Jets – Week 13
By Chris Schad
Garrett Wilson will have over 150 yards receiving
There were six receivers taken in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft, and Garrett Wilson might be proving that he’s the best out of all of them.
Wilson has done well this season, catching 49 passes for 628 yards and four touchdowns. These numbers are even more impressive considering that Zach Wilson has been under center for the Jets for most of the season.
In seven games with Zach Wilson this season, Garrett Wilson has caught 26 passes for 319 yards with no touchdowns. In four games without Zach Wilson, Garrett Wilson has 19 catches for 309 yards and four touchdowns. This includes a five-catch, 95-yard performance against the Chicago Bears last week, where he caught a pair of touchdowns.
Mike White isn’t the franchise savior in New York, but he’s effective in getting the ball into the hands of his weapons. While White has plenty of flaws (including five interceptions from a clean pocket last season), he can run the offense, which is something that Zach Wilson couldn’t do.
This is a problem for the Vikings, who are still shorthanded in the secondary. Even if Akayleb Evans comes back from a concussion, the Vikings have allowed big games to Tyreek Hill (12 catches, 177 yards), Jaylen Waddle (six catches, 129 yards), DeAndre Hopkins (12 catches, 159 yards, TD) and Stefon Diggs (12 catches, 128 yards) in recent weeks.
The Vikings’ passive defense means that Wilson should get open, and it could lead to another big day for an opposing receiver.