King Says, Benji Says (Week 10 Early Edition)

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I apologize for not writing any posts earlier this week—The King and I decided to settle our sports writing differences over a case of champagne as we celebrated Obama’s election victory. Our hangovers finally subsided today, just in time for a special early edition of King Says, Benji Says (look for the full slate of Sunday/Monday picks by 12 p.m. on Friday). Hopefully you all subscribe to NFL Network and can actually watch the game tonight…

Denver Broncos (4-4) at Cleveland Browns (3-5)

The King Says:

In a battle of moptopped midwestern high school quarterbacks, Brady Quinn beats Jay Cutler, but not because he’s a better player. Quinn has a defense that gives him a chance.

Prediction: Cleveland Browns 24, Denver Broncos 23

Benji Says:

While, like His Majesty, I’m a firm believer in change, a politician or quarterback who represents change has to prove himself to me before I am willing to back him. Obama passed the test a long time ago. Will Brady Quinn? I am a little skeptical, and not just because he is a Republican. I was never all that impressed with him when he played for Notre Dame. The Browns have good pieces in place around Quinn (tight end Kellen Winslow, receivers Donte Stallworth and Braylon Edwards and running back Jamal Lewis) so if he has the ability that Browns fans believe he has, he will be successful. The Denver defense is truly abysmal but the Browns’ defense (which I celebrated as a much improved unit this season) fell apart against the Ravens’ otherwise inept offense. I believe that this game will either be a shootout (which favors Jay Cutler and the Broncos who are used to such games) or a blowout in Denver’s favor if Quinn falters. Either way I am picking the team that is in first place over the team led by a new quarterback who has yet to prove himself to me.

Prediction: Denver Broncos 30, Cleveland Browns 20

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