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Josh Freeman: 29 pass completions, 40 pass attempts, 350 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 rushes, 20 rushing yards
That prediction is probably as bold as it gets, especially when you consider that Freeman is coming off one of the worst games of his career, having completed just 10-of-28 of his throws for 110 yards against the Cowboys.
In fact, Free has only had one 200-plus-yard game this season.
So why did I predict him to throw for 350 yards?
Well, it's because of two things that I'm counting on.
One is that Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will actually trust Freeman with the offense. Tampa Bay Times writer Tom Jones blames Schiano's stubborn reluctance to be aggressive with the ball for the team's offensive woes.
Schiano uses his quarterback as more of a game manager a la Alex Smith than a centerpiece of the offense in the Aaron Rodgers/Tom Brady/Drew Brees mode. Because of his game manager status, Freeman's biggest task is to not turn the ball over.
However, the role of a game manager does not suit Freeman's skill set. He has a strong arm built to send the ball, while his ability to read a defense can be lacking. At times it looks like Freeman is trying so hard not to throw an interception that he throws an incompletion, over- or under-throwing the ball to keep it as far away from the defender as possible.
Once Schiano lets Freeman make mistakes, we'll see a great improvement in the young quarterback's performance.
For a young quarterback looking to prove himself, there is no better defense to face than that of the Washington Redskins.
The 'Skins allow 9.1 YPA and have given up 1,012 passing yards this season, second only to the Buccaneers in terms of awfulness. But what really makes the Redskins a great team to throw against is the 105.4 opposing quarterbacks have earned.
Just let Freeman run wild with the offense, and it will pay dividends.