Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle fifth week of NFL picks

Guests continue to lead pack, Haskell best among Courier Publications/VillageSoup trio
By Staff | Oct 05, 2017
Courtesy of: National Footbal League; artwork by Christina Dunkle

Rockland — This is the fifth 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 point spread, but simply the final score.

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

The Week 5 guest is Tom Peaco of Rockland.

Thus far, the guests have been Kyle Durkee of Waldoboro in Week 1 (12-3, .800 winning percentage), Laurie Cole of Rockland in Week 2 (11-5, .688), Cameron Watson of Searsport in Week 3 (7-9, .438) and Ryan Snell of Waldoboro in Week 4 (10-6, .625).

Durkee holds the distinction as best weekly guest thus far.

In Week 4, Brower finished 9-7 (.563 winning percentage), Haskell 9-7 (.563) and Waltz 8-8 (.500).

Thus, after four weeks, the guests stand at 40-23 overall (.635), Haskell 38-25 (.603), Brower 36-27 (.571) and Waltz 34-29 (.540).

The Week 5 schedule includes:

Thursday, Oct. 5

New England at Tampa Bay

Sunday, Oct. 8

Buffalo at Cincinnati

N.Y. Jets at Cleveland

Carolina at Detroit

San Francisco at Indianapolis

Tennessee at Miami

Los Angeles Chargers at N.Y. Giants

Arizona at Philadelphia

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh

Baltimore at Oakland

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams

Green Bay at Dallas

Kansas City at Houston

Monday, Oct. 9

Minnesota at Chicago

You picked who?

Peaco: New England, Buffalo, N.Y. Jets, Detroit, Indianapolis, Tennessee, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay, Houston and Minnesota.

Haskell: New England, Buffalo, N.Y. Jets, Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, N.Y. Giants, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Seattle, Green Bay, Houston and Chicago.

Brower: New England, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Tennessee, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Seattle, Green Bay, Kansas City and Minnesota.

Waltz: Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Tennessee, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas, Houston and Minnesota. He picked New England initially, but changed to Tampa Bay before game time.

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 prognostigator 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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