King Says, Benji Says (Week 15 Thursday Edition)

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benjibrianquebec

Surprise! His Majesty didn’t show up for work on time yet again. I’m okay with it, really, because if I had sustained the beating that he did last week, I would be too embarrassed to show my face around these parts too. Whatever, he can play football by himself in an empty studio—now that I’ve proven that I can live up to my true picking potential, I am in search of cooler friends. How about Brian? He almost picked as many games correctly as I did last week (12 to my 13) so I guess that he’ll do for now…

New Orleans Saints (7-6) at Chicago Bears (7-6)

Benji says:

I’m sure that His Majesty will have something to say about the warm weather Saints traveling to cold weather Chicago. He might be onto something there—while the conditions won’t be terrible (a low of 19 degrees with scattered snow showers and 10-15 mph winds), they certainly will work in Chicago’s favor: The Saints are 6-1 in their weather-neutral domed stadium, but only 1-5 on the road; quarterback Drew Brees has 19 touchdown passes and four interceptions at home, and seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions on the road; finally, the Bears seem to have the Saints’ number at home, as New Orleans’ season has ended in Chicago each of the last two years. There’s also a 50/50 chance that The King wastes his entire paragraph of analysis on some inane anecdote about Bears running back Matt Forte. I do tend to agree with His Majesty that Forte gives Chicago an edge, because in late season, cold weather games, passing games are neutralized to a degree and the team that can run the ball more effectively usually wins—still, unlike The King, I try to make comprehensive and coherent arguments in my analysis. Is that too much to ask for? Far too often His Majesty ends up being right, but is right for the wrong reasons or for reasons that only make sense to him.

Prediction: Chicago Bears 23, New Orleans Saints 16

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