King Says, Benji Says (Thursday Kick-Off Edition)



All right, the second honeymoon is definitely over—the NFL season has yet to begin and His Majesty is already blowing me off so as to spend more time pontificating to the masses. He’s so confident that he can beat me again in our picking war that he refuses to acknowledge to the media that our rivalry even exists! Well, as some of you may have heard, the season begins tonight in Pittsburgh, which gives King Doofus his first chance to put his money where his mouth is…assuming his mouth is not stuffed full of pork rinds or whatever else they serve at those NBC catered buffets.

Tennessee Titans (0-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0)

King Says:

Good line from Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger to me the other day. “I’ve been watching tape all day, looking for first downs,” Heimerdinger said. “Can’t find any.” Well, here’s your chance: Give the ball to Chris Johnson (2008 per-carry average: 4.9 yards) early and often. Don’t look for the Titans to go soft upfront even with the loss of Albert Haynesworth; I think they’ll still be a good wall. What the Steelers will have to do is rely on Ben Roethlisberger throwing the ball downfield in the second half. Big Ben will do it just enough, in a game befitting the national stage.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Tennessee Titans 13

Benji says:

Your Majesty, how can you possibly expect your quote from the Titans’ offensive coordinator about the futility of the team’s offense, even if it is “tongue-in-cheek,” to instill in your readers the belief that the Titans can generate enough points to make this a game “befitting the national stage?” Tennessee had a great season last year, but, as you called attention to, it lost its best defensive player (Albert Haynseworth) and is relying heavily upon a below average quarterback on the eve of his 37th birthday to lead an offense that only generated 12 passing touchdowns last year. Chris Johnson better be as good or better than he was in his stellar rookie season, because the running game is the best thing this team has going for it. I see Tennessee struggling against the defending Super Bowl champs, because Pittsburgh has the better, more balanced team and consistently gets a pretty big home-field advantage out of the Heinz Field crowd.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Tennessee Titans 9


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