Football bragging rights

What is your flavor in one-on-one battles with 'Pigskin Pundits' in Week 7?

After six weeks, Waltz tackles six-game lead, Haskell makes fair catch in second
By Staff | Oct 17, 2019

Rockland — This is the seventh week of the 2019-20 National Football League season and, subsequently, the weekly game picks from the Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators and guests.

It also is the 21st year the media company has coordinated weekly game picks during the pro football campaign.

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, as well as 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.

For the 2019-20 season, in Week 6, Waltz finished 9-5, Haskell and Miller 8-6, Brower 7-7 and the guest 9-5.

Thus, after six weeks, Waltz is 62-29-1 (.681 winning percentage), Haskell 56-35-1 (.615), Brower 53-38-1 (.582), Miller 52-39-1 (.571) and guests 53-38-1 (.582).

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

For the guests in 2019-20, in Week 1, Brad King of Rockland finished 12-3-1; in Week 2, Michele Scheffler of Jefferson, 8-8; in Week 3, Howard Fogg of Monmouth, 11-5; in Week 4, Ethan Butler of Appleton, 7-8; in Week 5, Scott Case of Belfast, 7-8; and in Week 6, Emily Cole of Waldoboro, 9-5.

The Week 7 guest is Casey Holmes of Dixmont.

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 7? Below is what our "experts" and guest think.

The Week 7 schedule includes:

Thursday, Oct. 17

Kansas City at Denver

Sunday, Oct. 20

Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta

Miami at Buffalo

Jacksonville at Cincinnati

Minnesota at Detroit

Oakland at Green Bay

Houston at Indianapolis

Arizona at N.Y. Giants

San Francisco at Washington

Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee

New Orleans at Chicago

Baltimore at Seattle

Philadelphia at Dallas

Monday, Oct. 21

New England at N.Y. Jets

The following are the Week 7 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew and weekly guest:

Brower — Kansas City, Atlanta, Buffalo, Jacksonville,  Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, N.Y. Giants, San Francisco, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans, Seattle, Dallas and New England.

Waltz — Kansas City, Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Green Bay, Houston, N.Y. Giants, San Francisco, Tennessee, New Orleans, Seattle, Dallas and New England.

Haskell — Kansas City, Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Green Bay, Houston, Arizona, San Francisco, Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia and New England.

Miller — Kansas City, Atlanta, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, N.Y. Giants, San Francisco, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans, Seattle, Dallas and New England.

Holmes — Kansas City, Atlanta, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Green Bay, Houston, Arizona, San Francisco, Tennessee, New Orleans, Seattle, Dallas and New England.

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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