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King Says, Benji Says (Week 11 Thursday Edition)

November 13, 2008


I’m late submitting this post, so I’ll shy away from the verbal fanfare. Without further ado, here are our picks for the Thursday Night game:

New York Jets (6-3) at New England Patriots (6-3)

The King says:

I know the Jets are on a mission, and the Jets have Favre to torment the young Pats’ secondary, and the Jets’ fans will collectively jump off the Brooklyn Bridge if they lose this game. I get it. I hear it. But since the Pats’ meltdown at San Diego a month ago, I haven’t seen a defense bother Matt Cassel. I still can’t get over the 19-play, 92-yard drive that ate 9:08 of the fourth quarter in the Pats’ win over Buffalo the other day. “We said in the huddle [early in the fourth quarter], let’s score a touchdown or finish the game with the ball in our hands,” Wes Welker said. That’s the confidence this offense has right now, even without Tom Brady and the top three running backs. That plus the fact New England is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings sends me over to the Pat side.

Prediction: New England Patriots 24, New York Jets 16

Benji says:

Are you as excited for this week’s Thursday night game as King and I are? No? Well, you probably do not get NFL Network then. What’s not to like in a game involving our favorite team (the Patriots) and an old gunslinger (Brett Favre) with first place in the AFC East on the line? Okay, so neither of these teams is probably as good as its 6-3 record would seem to indicate. The Jets shellacked the Steven Jackson-less Rams last weekend while the Patriots took advantage of a reeling Bills team. Still, this match-up has major playoff implications and the winner will be in pretty good shape down the stretch. I do not trust the New England secondary, but the front seven (now minus Adalius Thomas though) has played well enough to prevent teams from having time to throw the ball downfield successfully. The Jets’ defense played very well against a Rams team that was missing its best player, but I do not trust it for a second. I’ll take the Patriots here, simply because the game is at New England and their defense is a bit more trustworthy in my estimation.

Prediction: New England Patriots 27, New York Jets 20