Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle 13th week of NFL picks

Guests retake one-game lead; Haskell's 14-2 week inches him closer to Brower
By Staff | Nov 30, 2017

Rockland — This is the 13th 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 points spread, but simply the final score.

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

The Week 13 guest is Bev Sherwin of Thomaston.

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), Scott Case of Belfast in Week 9 (8-5), Rachel Coor of Union and New York, N.Y. in Week 10 (10-4), Ryan Verrill of Warren in Week 11 (9-5) and Sandy Cameron of Belfast in Week 12 (13-3).

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

In Week 12, Haskell finished 14-2 and Brower and Waltz 11-5.

Thus, after 12 weeks, the guest have retaken the lead at 116-60 (.659 winning percentage), while Brower is second at 115-61 (.653), Haskell third at 105-71 (.597) and Waltz fourth (last) at 100-76 (.568).

So, at this point, the guests hold a one-game lead over Brower, who holds a 10-game cushion over Haskell and whopping 15-game advantage over Waltz as the season heads down the final stretch.

The Week 13 schedule includes:

Thursday, Nov. 30

Washington at Dallas

Sunday, Dec. 3

Minnesota at Atlanta

New England at Buffalo

San Francisco at Chicago

Tampa Bay at Green Bay

Houston at Tennessee

Denver at Miami

Kansas City at N.Y. Jets

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

Detroit at Baltimore

Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers

N.Y. Giants at Oakland

Carolina at New Orleans

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona

Philadelphia at Seattle

Monday, Dec. 4

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

You picked who?

Sherwin: Washington, Tennessee, Minnesota, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Chicago, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Brower: Dallas, Atlanta, New England, San Francisco, Green Bay, Tennessee, Denver, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland, New Orleans, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle and Pittsburgh.

Haskell: Washington, Minnesota, Buffalo, San Francisco, Green Bay, Tennessee, Miami, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland, Carolina, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Waltz: Washington, Atlanta, New England, San Francisco, Green Bay, Tennessee, Denver, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Detroit, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland, New Orleans, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia and Cincinnati.

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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