Football bragging rights

Take a guess: Can you beat 'Pigskin Pundits' in Week 3 of NFL picks?

After two weeks, Waltz takes slim lead over field, Brower drops to second
By Staff | Sep 19, 2019

Rockland — This is the third week of the 2019-20 National Football League season and the weekly game picks from the Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators and guests are in their 21st year of gridiron guessing — surely, with plenty of right and wrong choices to come over the next five months.

Those who participate — referred to as the "Pigskin Pundits" — are Reade Brower, owner; Ken Waltz, sports director; Mark Haskell, associate sports director; and Zack Miller, sports reporter. A guest also participates each week.

The picks appear each Thursday online.

Each year during the NFL season, through the Super Bowl, Brower, Waltz, Haskell, Miller and a weekly guest go head-to-head against one another by picking that week’s slate of pro football games.

The game “winners” are not selected by a points spread, but merely the final score.

In Week 2, Waltz finished 11-5, Haskell and Miller 10-6, Brower 9-7 and the guest 8-8. Thus, after two weeks, Waltz is 23-8-1 (.742 winning percentage), Brower 22-9-1 (.710), Miller 21-10-1 (.677), Haskell 19-12-1 (.612) and the guest 19-12-1 (.612).

Brower has the best weekly record at 13-2-1 in Week 1 among Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators, while Brad King of Rockland, last year's guest winner, finished 12-3-1 in Week 1 for the best mark among the guests.

The Week 3 guest is Howard Fogg of Monmouth.

For the guests, in Week 1, Brad King of Rockland finished 12-3-1, while in Week 2, Michele Scheffler of Jefferson finished 8-8.

After 17 weeks, the guest with the best weekly record will return to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Miller and Brower for the playoffs and Super Bowl. The guest with the best weekly record also will receive a year's subscription to any of Courier Publications' newspapers or either of the organization's websites.

Last year’s guest winner was King, who went 11-4 in Week 12 and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Miller and Brower in the playoffs.

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

For decades, the weekly picks were featured in the print editions of Courier Publications’ newspapers, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal. Now, those picks are made exclusively on the organization’s websites — knox.villagesoup.com and waldo.villagesoup.com.

So, who do you like in Week 3? Below is what our "experts" and guest think.

The Week 3 schedule includes:

Thursday, Sept. 19

Tennessee at Jacksonville

Sunday, Sept. 22

Cincinnati at Buffalo

Miami at Dallas

Denver at Green Bay

Atlanta at Indianapolis

Baltimore at Kansas City

Oakland at Minnesota

N.Y. Jets at New England

Detroit at Philadelphia

Carolina at Arizona

N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay

Houston at Los Angeles Chargers

Pittsburgh at San Francisco

New Orleans at Seattle

Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland

Monday, Sept. 23

Chicago at Washington

The following are the Week 3 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew and the weekly guest:

Brower — Tennessee, Buffalo, Dallas, Green Bay, Atlanta, Kansas City, Minnesota, New England, Philadelphia, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland and Chicago.

Waltz — Tennessee, Buffalo, Dallas, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Minnesota, New England, Detroit, Arizona, Tampa Bay, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angles Rams and Chicago.

Haskell — Jacksonville, Buffalo, Dallas, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Minnesota, New England, Philadelphia, Arizona, N.Y. Giants, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles Rams and Chicago.

Miller — Tennessee, Buffalo, Dallas, Green Bay, Atlanta, Baltimore, Minnesota, New England, Philadelphia, Arizona, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles Rams and Chicago.

Fogg — Tennessee, Buffalo, Dallas, Green Bay, Atlanta, Kansas City, Minnesota, New England, Philadelphia, Arizona, N.Y. Giants, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles Rams and Chicago.

History lesson

Last season, Waltz was the “top dog” in the regular season as he finished 161-93-2 (.634 winning percentage), thanks to a 16-0 final week, while Miller was second at 157-97-2 (.618), Haskell third at 151-103-2 (.594) and Brower fourth at 142-112-2 (.559). The guests finished 148-106-2 (.583).

Overall, Waltz finished 167-98-2, Miller 162-103-2, Haskell 158-107-2, Brower 150-115-2 and guests 159-110-2.

Last year’s weekly guest winner was Brad King of Rockland, who went 11-4 in Week 12 and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Miller and Brower in the playoffs.

In the postseason, Brower finished 8-3, Haskell and King 7-4, Waltz 6-5 and Miller 5-6. All five correctly picked the Patriots to defeat the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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