King Says, Benji Says (Week 14 Thursday Edition)

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If you have a complaint about the lateness of our Thursday Edition post, take it up with his Majesty—he showed up twenty hours late for work again and I have spent the last hour or so trying to revive him from his latest food-induced coma with a pot of Starbucks coffee and some good old fashioned exercise. Really, though, can you blame the man for overindulging? If you had to decide between going on an all-you-can-eat buffet binge and analyzing a Thursday Night game between the Chargers and the Raiders, which option would you choose?

For those of you curious about the glittery symbol on my shirt: roughly translated from Kanji to American, it means, “The King is open in the end zone.” Unfortunately, as Brett Favre and Tom Brady can attest, His Majesty has worse hands than Braylon Edwards…

Oakland Raiders (3-9) at San Diego Chargers (4-8)

The King says:

I saw where one of the promos for this game referred to the Chargers still being in contention for the playoffs. Right. If the Chargers (at Tampa Bay in Week 16) go 4-0 down the stretch and the Broncos (Kansas City and Buffalo at home remaining) go 1-3, they’re in.

Prediction: San Diego Chargers 24, Oakland Raiders 9

Benji says:

I think it is entirely possible for Denver to go 1-3 down the stretch (its run defense is horrendous) but I do not envision San Diego winning more than two of its final four games. The Chargers do not do anything well this season—they cannot run the ball, they are unable to pass the ball consistently, and they struggle to defend both the run and the pass. As much as it pains me to say this, Denver is the better team. At least the Broncos can do one thing well: pass the ball downfield. I still believe that Philip Rivers is a solid quarterback and that the defense will improve next year with the return of Shawne Merriman, but it is clear to me after their loss to the Falcons last week that the Chargers have checked out at this point. They really should be able to beat the Raiders (who are pretty inept on offense) but Oakland seems to be playing much harder than them right now and has made some strides defensively over the past month or so. If I were a betting man, I would stay as far away from this game as humanly possible…

Prediction: San Diego Chargers 20, Oakland Raiders 19

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