Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle 12th week of NFL picks

Bad Week 11 for all as Miller continues to lead pack
By Staff | Nov 22, 2018

Rockland — This is the 12th 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 for a schedule now in its second half.

In Week 11, Courier Publications/VillageSoup Owner Reade Brower finished 2-11, Sports Director Ken Waltz 7-6, Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell 5-8 and sports reporter Zack Miller 7-6. Guest Laurie Cole finished 6-7.

Thus far this season, through 11 weeks, Miller leads the pack at 98-61-2 (.616 winning percentage), while Waltz is second at 95-64-2 (.597), Haskell 89-68-2 (.560) and Brower 84-75-2 (.528). The guests are 91-68-2 (.572).

For the guests, 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; Week 9, Ricky Bagnall of Rockland 9-4; Week 10, Kyle Donlin 7-7; and Week 11, Laurie Cole of Rockland, 6-7.

The Week 12 guest is Brad King of Rockland.

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 12? Here is what our "experts" and guest think:

The Week 12 schedule includes:

Thursday, Nov. 22

Chicago at Detroit

Washington at Dallas

Atlanta at New Orleans

Sunday, Nov. 25

Jacksonville at Buffalo

Cleveland at Cincinnati

New England at N.Y. Jets

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia

San Fran at Tampa Bay

Seattle at Carolina

Oakland at Baltimore

Arizona at Los Angeles Chargers

Pittsburgh at Denver

Miami at Indianapolis

Green Bay at Minnesota

Monday, Nov. 26

Tennessee at Houston

The following are the Week 12 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew and the weekly guest:

Brower — Detroit, Washington, New Orleans, Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Baltimore, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Green Bay and Houston.

Waltz — Detroit, Dallas, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, New England, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Baltimore, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver, Indianapolis, Minnesota and Houston.

Haskell — Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Cleveland, New England, N.Y. Giants, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Baltimore, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Minnesota and Houston.

Miller — Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, New England, N.Y. Giants, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Baltimore, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver, Indianapolis, Minnesota and Houston.

King — Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, Buffalo, Cleveland, New England, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Carolina, Baltimore, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Green Bay and Houston.

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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