The NFL Season is set to kick off tonight, so it’s time for some bold predictions on certain players, teams, and situations. We’ve already made our Super Bowl predictions, so check that one out if you haven’t already. But it’s time for some very bold predictions for the 2010 NFL Season…Let’s Go….

1. Hakeem Nicks emerges into the elite class of WRs: If you listened to my intereview with Double G Sports, you know that I’m extremely high on the second year receiver. With only 74 targets last season, Nicks put up 790 yards and 6 TDs. Nicks did not even crack the starting lineup until Week 14! Coming off the bench, the UNC product tallied a score in each week from Week 4 to Week 7.

Yes, Nicks had a few foot injuries last season, but all signs point him being healthy for the start of the season. With Eli Manning throwing for over 4,000 yards last year, expect the 6’1″ receiver to be very active in the passing game and in the red zone. This is the year that Nicks surpasses Steve Smith as the Giants’ #1 receiver and becomes one of the NFL top pass catchers.

Fearless Projection: 73 catches, 1,200 yards, 10 TDs

2. The Giants post two 1,000 yard rushers. Both Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs were hampered by injuries last year. In the off-season, Bradshaw had surgery on both feet and his ankle while Jacobs had his knee scoped. Head coach Tom Coughlin has placed Bradshaw atop the depth chart and everyone seems to think it’s the right move, aside from one big 260 pound runningback. Jacobs has had visibly upset over the ‘demotion’, but I don’t view it like that. Jacobs tallied 835 rushing yards last year, snapping his two-year streak of 1,000 yard seasons, but Jacobs was hobbled. I honestly believe that Coughlin limited Jacobs’ touches during the pre-season to keep the big back as healthy as possible for the regular season. With a healthy Jacobs and an electric Bradshaw, the Giants will be able to get back to basis with their running game.

The rushing attack only had 443 attempts last year, 10th fewest in the NFL. That’s not Giants football. Expect that total to creep closer to 500 as both backs to collect 1,000 rushing yards.

Fearless Projections:
Bradshaw: 1,200 rushing yards, 6 TDs
Jacobs: 1,000 rushing yards, 9 TDs

3. Mark Sanchez throws for at least 20 TDs. Alike all other rookie quarterbacks, Sanchez struggled through his first season at the helm. Sanchez had 12 TDs to 20 INTs and a 54% completion percentage. Due to Sanchez’s inefficiency, the Jets posted over 600 rushing attempts, easily the most in the NFL. During the pre-season, Sanchez completed 64% of his passes and showed more poise in the pocket. With the Jets acquiring Santonio Holmes in the off-season, expect Gang Green to air it out more this season. Runningbacks Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson will still get their carries, but Greene is literally green at the runningback position and Tomlinson may be on his last legs. Now in his second year, expect Sanchez to play well and make the offense more balanced.

Fearless Projection: 2,800 yards, 21 TDs, 20 INTs

4. This is the Wildcard Prediction: Chris Johnson tops his 2009 total yardage output this season. Call me crazy, but Mr.. 4.24 said in the off-season that his goal for the year is to run for 2,500 yards. Johnson dashed for 2,006 yards last year and produced 2,509 yards of total offense. Some may argue that Johnson’s 10 plays of 40+ yards may be difficult to match or top, but just look at this guy’s skills and situation. Johnson runs behind one of the best offensive lines in the game and head coach Jeff Fisher is totally committed to the run. Quarterback Vince Young showed maturity and poise as the Titans won eight of their final ten contests. Chris Johnson told writers at a fantasy football conference that if you pass on me this season, you’ll lose. I believe him, do you?

Fearless Projection: 2,550 total yards, 15 TDs