Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle fourth week of NFL picks

Tough third week for most, but Brower finishes 9-7; guests still lead season pack
By Staff | Sep 28, 2017
Artwork by: Christine Dunkle

Rockland — This is the fourth 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 winner 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 4 guest is Ryan Snell of Waldoboro.

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) and Cameron Watson of Searsport in Week 3 (7-9, .438).

Durkee holds the distinction as the best weekly guest thus far.

In Week 3, Brower finished 9-7 (.563), Haskell 7-9 (.438) and Waltz 6-10 (.375).

Thus, after three weeks of selections, the guests stand at 30-17 overall (.638), Haskell at 29-18 (.617), Brower 27-20 (574) and Waltz 26-21 (.553)

The Week 4 schedule includes:

Thursday, Sept. 28

Chicago at Green Bay

Sunday, Oct. 1

New Orleans at Miami

Buffalo at Atlanta

Cincinnati at Cleveland

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas

Detroit at Minnesota

Carolina at New England

Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets

Pittsburgh at Baltimore

Tennessee at Houston

San Francisco at Arizona

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers

N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay

Oakland at Denver

Indianapolis at Seattle

Monday, Oct. 2

Washington at Kansas City

You picked who?

Snell: Green Bay, New Orleans, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, New England, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Arizona, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Seattle and Kansas City.

Haskell: Green Bay, New Orleans, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota, New England, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Arizona, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Denver, Seattle and Kansas City.

Brower: Green Bay, New Orleans, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Minnesota, New England, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Houston, Arizona, Philadelphia, N.Y. Giants, Oakland, Seattle and Kansas City.

Waltz: Green Bay, Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota, New England, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Houston, Arizona, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Seattle and Kansas City.

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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