Football bragging rights

Can you go pick for pick with 'Pigskin Pundits' in Week 6?

After five weeks, Waltz increases cushion to five games, Haskell holds second
By Staff | Oct 10, 2019

Rockland — This is the sixth week of the 2019-20 National Football League season and, subsequently, the weekly game picks from the Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators and guests.

It also is the 21st year the media company has coordinated weekly game picks during the pro football campaign.

Those who participate — referred to as the "Pigskin Pundits" — are Reade Brower, owner; Ken Waltz, sports director; Mark Haskell, associate sports director; and Zack Miller, sports reporter. A guest also participates each week.

The picks appear each Thursday online.

Each year during the NFL season, through the Super Bowl, Brower, Waltz, Haskell, Miller, as well as a weekly guest, go head-to-head against one another by picking that week’s slate of pro football games.

The game “winners” are not selected by a points spread, but merely the final score.

For the 2019-20 season, in Week 5, Waltz finished 10-5, Haskell 8-7 and Brower, Miller and guest 7-8.

Thus, after five weeks, Waltz is 53-24-1 (.688 winning percentage), Haskell 48-29-1 (.623), Brower 46-31-1 (.597), Miller 44-33-1 (.571) and guests 44-33-1 (.571).

Among Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators, Brower has the best weekly record at 13-2-1 in Week 1, while Brad King of Rockland, last year's guest winner, finished 12-3-1 in Week 1, for the best mark among the guests.

For the guests in 2019-20, in Week 1, Brad King of Rockland finished 12-3-1; in Week 2, Michele Scheffler of Jefferson, 8-8; in Week 3, Howard Fogg of Monmouth, 11-5; in Week 4, Ethan Butler of Appleton, 7-8; and in Week 5, Scott Case of Belfast, 7-8.

The Week 6 guest is Emily Cole of Waldoboro.

After 17 weeks, the guest with the best weekly record will return to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Miller and Brower for the playoffs and Super Bowl. The guest with the best weekly record also will receive a year's subscription to any of Courier Publications' newspapers or either of the organization's websites.

Last year’s guest winner was King, who went 11-4 in Week 12 and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Miller and Brower in the playoffs.

Those interested in being a weekly guest picker this year should email Haskell at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

For decades, the weekly picks were featured in the print editions of Courier Publications’ newspapers, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal. Now, those picks are made exclusively on the organization’s websites — knox.villagesoup.com and waldo.villagesoup.com.

So, who do you like in Week 6? Below is what our "experts" and guest think.

The Week 6 schedule includes:

Thursday, Oct. 10

N.Y. Giants at New England

Sunday, Oct. 13

Carolina at Tampa Bay

Seattle at Cleveland

Houston at Kansas City

Washington at Miami

Philadelphia at Minnesota

New Orleans at Jacksonville

Cincinnati at Baltimore

San Fransisco at Los Angeles Rams

Atlanta at Arizona

Tennessee at Denver

Dallas at N.Y. Jets

Pittsburgh at Los Angeles Chargers

Monday, Oct. 14

Detroit at Green Bay

The following are the Week 6 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew and weekly guest:

Brower — New England, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, New Orleans, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay.

Waltz — New England, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Houston, Miami, Minnesota, New Orleans, Baltimore, Los Angeles Rams, Arizona, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay.

Haskell — New England, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Baltimore, San Francisco, Arizona, Tennessee, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

Miller — New England, Carolina, Seattle, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay.

Cole — New England, Carolina, Seattle, Kansas City, Washington, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baltimore, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

History lesson

Last season, Waltz was the “top dog” in the regular season as he finished 161-93-2 (.634 winning percentage), thanks to a 16-0 final week, while Miller was second at 157-97-2 (.618), Haskell third at 151-103-2 (.594) and Brower fourth at 142-112-2 (.559). The guests finished 148-106-2 (.583).

Overall, Waltz finished 167-98-2, Miller 162-103-2, Haskell 158-107-2, Brower 150-115-2 and guests 159-110-2.

Last year’s weekly guest winner was Brad King of Rockland, who went 11-4 in Week 12 and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Miller and Brower in the playoffs.

In the postseason, Brower finished 8-3, Haskell and King 7-4, Waltz 6-5 and Miller 5-6. All five correctly picked the Patriots to defeat the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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