Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle 14th week of NFL picks

Streaking Brower regains control, guests stay close, Haskell inches forward, Waltz stinks
By Staff | Dec 07, 2017

Rockland — This is the 14th 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 14 guest is Jeff Hart of Rockport.

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), Sandy Cameron of Belfast in Week 12 (13-3) and Bev Sherwin of Thomaston in Week 13 (10-6).

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 13, Brower finished 13-3, Haskell 11-5 and Waltz 9-7.

Thus, after 13 weeks, Brower leads the pack at 128-64 (.667 winning percentage), while the guests are second at 126-66 (.656), Haskell third at 116-76 (.604) and Waltz fourth at 109-83 (.568).

So, at this point, Brower holds a two-game lead over the guests, 12-game advantage over Haskell and a whopping 19-game cushion over the fading and, ultimately, cooked Waltz.

The Week 14 schedule includes:

Thursday, Dec. 7

New Orleans at Atlanta

Sunday, Dec. 10

Indianapolis at Buffalo

Chicago at Cincinnati

Green Bay at Cleveland

Oakland at Kansas City

Dallas at N.Y. Giants

Detroit at Tampa Bay

Minnesota at Carolina

San Francisco at Houston

N.Y. Jets at Denver

Tennessee at Arizona

Washington at Los Angeles Chargers

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams

Seattle at Jacksonville

Baltimore at Pittsburgh

Monday, Dec. 11

New England at Miami

You picked who?

Hart: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Green Bay, Kansas City, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Carolina, San Francisco, Denver, Arizona, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville, Baltimore and New England.

Brower: Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Kansas City, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Houston, Denver, Tennessee, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and New England.

Haskell: New Orleans, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Oakland, N.Y. Giants, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, San Francisco, N.Y. Jets, Tennessee, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Pittsburgh and New England.

Waltz: New Orleans, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Oakland, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, San Francisco, N.Y. Jets, Tennessee, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville, Baltimore and New England.

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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