Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle 10th week of NFL picks

Miller, Waltz remain tied at 83-49-2 — .629 winning percentage
By Staff | Nov 08, 2018

Rockland — This is the 10th week of the 2018-19 National Football League season and the weekly game picks from the Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators and guests have resulted in a mixed bag of gridiron guessing success now at the midway point of the campaign.

In Week 9, Courier Publications/VillageSoup Owner Reade Brower finished 8-5, Sports Director Ken Waltz 8-5, Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell 6-7 and sports reporter Zack Miller 8-5. Guest Ricky Bagnall finished 9-4.

Thus far this season, through nine weeks, Miller and Waltz lead the pack at 83-49-2 (.629 winning percentage), while Haskell is 75-56-2 (.568) and Brower 74-58-2 (.561). The guests are 78-54-2 (.591).

In Week 1, Howard Fogg of Monmouth finished 7-8-1; Week 2, Ethan Butler of Appleton, 9-6-1; Week 3, Richard Carlsen of Vinalhaven, 9-7; Week 4, Jason Karam of Warren, 8-7; Week 5, Sandy Cameron of Belfast, 9-6; Week 6, Scott Case of Belfast 8-7; Week 7, Dwight Collins of Lincolnville 10-4; Week 8, Bruce Turner of Orrington 9-5; and Week 9, Ricky Bagnall of Rockland 9-4.

This is the 20th straight year the "Pigskin Pundits" make their weekly NFL game selections.

The Week 10 guest is Kyle Donlin of Warren.

This is the 20th straight year the "Pigskin Pundits" make their weekly NFL game selections.

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.

The picks appear each Thursday online.

Each year during the NFL season, through the Super Bowl, Brower, Waltz, Haskell and a weekly guest went head-to-head against one another by picking that week’s slate of pro football games. This year, sports reporter Miller joins the group to try to earn football picking bragging rights.

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

After 16 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.

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

So, who do you like in Week 10? Here is what our "experts" and guest think:

The Week 10 schedule includes:

Thursday, Nov. 8

Carolina at Pittsburgh

Sunday, Nov. 11

Detroit at Chicago

New Orleans at Cincinnati

Atlanta at Cleveland

New England at Tennessee

Jacksonville at Indianapolis

Arizona at Kansas City

Buffalo at N.Y. Jets

Washington at Tampa Bay

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland

Miami at Green Bay

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams

Dallas at Philadelphia

Monday, Nov. 12

N.Y. Giants at San Francisco

The following are the Week 10 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup group and the weekly guest:

Brower — Pittsburgh, Detroit, New Orleans, Atlanta, New England, Indianapolis, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, Washington, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Waltz — Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, New England, Jacksonville, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Haskell — Pittsburgh, Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, New England, Indianapolis, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, Washington, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Miller — Pittsburgh, Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, New England, Jacksonville, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, Washington, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Donlin — Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New England, Jacksonville, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas and San Francisco.

History lesson

Last season, Brower was the “top dog” as he finished with a 178-78 record (.695 winning percentage), while the weekly guests finished second at 169-87 (.660), Haskell third at 156-100 (.609) and Waltz fourth at 153-103 (.598).

As a guest picker last season in Week 8, Miller finished a perfect 13-0 and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell and Brower in the playoffs, along with Sandy Cameron of Belfast and Mark Cooper of Fairfield, who finished with 13-3 records in Week 13 and Week 16, respectively.

As an employee in another Brower company, Miller was ineligible to collect the free year’s subscription, but picked playoff games along with Cameron and Cooper, who had the second-best guest marks.

Haskell, Miller and Cooper correctly picked the Philadelphia Eagles to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

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

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