Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle 16th week of NFL picks

Red-hot Brower continues domination, guests stay close, Haskell, Waltz battle for cellar
By Staff | Dec 21, 2017

Rockland — This is the 16th 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 16 guest is Mark Cooper of Fairfield.

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), Bev Sherwin of Thomaston in Week 13 (10-6), Jeff Hart of Rockport in Week 14 (12-4) and Wes Drinkwater of South Thomaston (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 15, Brower finished 14-2, Waltz 13-3 and Haskell 12-4.

Thus, after 15 weeks, Brower, who has had an unbelievably consistent year, leads the pack at 153-71 (.683 winning percentage), while the guests are second at 148-76 (.661), Haskell third at 134-90 (.598) and Waltz fourth at 130-94 (.580).

Thus, at this point, with two weeks to the end of the regular season, Brower holds a five-game lead over the guests, 19-game advantage over Haskell and whopping 23-game cushion over the fading and, ultimately, cooked Waltz.

The Week 16 schedule includes:

Saturday, Dec. 23

Indianapolis at Baltimore

Minnesota at Green Bay

Sunday, Dec. 24

Cleveland at Chicago

Detroit at Cincinnati

Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee

Miami at Kansas City

Buffalo at New England

Atlanta at New Orleans

Los Angeles Chargers at N.Y. Jets

Denver at Washington

Tampa Bay at Carolina

Jacksonville at San Francisco

Seattle at Dallas

N.Y. Giants at Arizona

Monday, Dec. 25

Pittsburgh at Houston

Oakland at Philadelphia

You picked who?

Cooper: Baltimore, Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles Rams, Miami, New England, New Orleans, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington, Carolina, Jacksonville, Seattle, Arizona, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Brower: Baltimore, Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver, Carolina, Jacksonville, Seattle, Arizona, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Haskell: Baltimore, Minnesota, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington, Carolina, San Francisco, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Waltz: Baltimore, Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver, Carolina, San Francisco, Dallas, Arizona, Houston and Philadelphia.

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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