Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle 10th week of NFL picks

Guests still lead, Brower close second, Haskell, Waltz battle for third
By Staff | Nov 09, 2017
Courtesy of: National Football League; illustration by Christine Dunkle

Rockland — This is the 10th week of the 2017-18 National Football League regular season. Courier Publications/VillageSoup's "Pigskin Pundits" will match wits with a guest each week to pick the winners of the games.

The weekly pundits who will participate in the 19th consecutive year of the pro football selections will be Courier Publications/VillageSoup owner Reade Brower, Sports Director Ken Waltz and Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell.

Games are picked for “winners,” not on a point spread, but simply the final score.

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

The Week 10 guest is Rachel Coor of Union and New York, N.Y.

Thus far, the guests have been Kyle Durkee of Waldoboro in Week 1 (12-3), Laurie Cole of Rockland in Week 2 (11-5), Cameron Watson of Searsport in Week 3 (7-9), Ryan Snell of Waldoboro in Week 4 (10-6), Tom Peaco of Rockland in Week 5 (6-8), Collin Landry of Rockland in Week 6 (7-7), Anthony Raye of Rockland in Week 7 (10-5), Zack Miller of Rockland in Week 8 (13-0) and Scott Case of Belfast (8-5).

Miller holds the distinction as the best weekly guest at 13-0 in Week 8, while Durkee is second at 12-3 in Week 1.

In Week 9, Brower and Waltz finished 7-6 and Haskell 5-8.

Thus, after nine weeks, the guests stand at 84-48 overall (.636 winning percentage), Brower 81-51 (.614), Haskell 72-60 (.545) and Waltz 70-62 (.530).

The Week 10 schedule includes:

Thursday, Nov. 9

Seattle at Arizona

Sunday, Nov. 12

New Orleans at Buffalo

Green Bay at Chicago

Cleveland at Detroit

Cincinnati at Tennessee

Pittsburgh at Indianapolis

N.Y. Jets at Tampa Bay

Minnesota at Washington

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville

Houston at Los Angeles Rams

Dallas at Atlanta

N.Y. Giants at San Francisco

New England at Denver

Monday, Nov. 13

Miami at Carolina

You picked who?

Coor: Seattle, Buffalo, Green Bay, Detroit, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, N.Y. Jets, Washington, Jacksonville, Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, New England and Carolina.

Brower: Seattle, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta, San Francisco, New England and Carolina.

Haskell: Seattle, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas, San Francisco, New England and Carolina.

Waltz: Seattle, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, N.Y. Jets, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas, San Francisco, New England and Carolina.

Last year's results

Haskell finished 173-92-2 overall (.653 winning percentage), including 8-3 in the playoffs. Waltz finished 171-94-2 (.645), including 7-4 in the postseason. Brower finished 169-96-2 (.638), including a perfect 11-0 in the playoffs. Chris Donlin, at 13-3 in Week 17, was the guest who earned the right to participate in the playoffs, and he finished 8-3 in the postseason and helped guests finish 170-95-2 (.642).

Each prognosticator selected New England to beat Atlanta in the Super Bowl, and the Patriots rallied to prevail 34-28. Waltz predicted 38-28, Haskell 34-24, Brower 34-23 and Donlin 27-17.

During the regular season, Haskell finished with the best individual week at 15-1 in Week 15. In regular-season play, Haskell finished 165-89-2, Waltz 164-90-2 and Brower 158-96-2.

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

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