Football bragging rights

Is perfect Week 10 in cards for 'Pigskin Pundits'?

After nine weeks, Waltz maintains solid lead, Brower gains additional ground
By Staff | Nov 07, 2019
Artwork by: Christine Dunkle; courtesy of National Football League

Rockland — This is the 10th 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 9, Brower finished 10-4, Waltz 9-5, Haskell and Miller 8-6, while the guest was 6-8.

Thus, after nine weeks, Waltz is 94-40-1 (.701 winning percentage), Brower 85-49-1 (.634), Haskell 84-50-1 (.627), Miller 81-53-1 (.604) and guests 80-54-1 (.597).

Among Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators, Brower has the best weekly records at 14-1 in Week 8 and 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; in Week 6, Emily Cole of Waldoboro, 9-5; in Week 7, Casey Holmes of Dixmont, 11-3; in Week 8, Jacob Light of Warren, 10-5; and in Week 9, Chad Blake of Rockland, 6-8.

The Week 10 guest is Brad Strong of Rockland.

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-GazetteThe 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 10? Below is what our "experts" and guest think.

The Week 10 schedule includes:

Thursday, Nov. 7

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland

Sunday, Nov. 10

Detroit at Chicago

Baltimore at Cincinnati

Buffalo at Cleveland

Kansas City at Tennessee

Atlantas at New Orleans

N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets

Arizona at Tampa Bay

Miami at Indianapolis

Carolina at Green Bay

Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh

Minnesota at Dallas

Monday, Nov. 11

Seattle at San Francisco

The following are the Week 10 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew and weekly guest:

Brower — Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit, Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City, New Orleans, N.Y. Jets, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota and San Francisco.

Waltz — Oakland, Detroit, Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas and Seattle.

Haskell — Oakland, Detroit, Baltimore, Buffalo, Kansas City, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas and Seattle.

Miller — Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit, Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City, New Orleans, N.Y. Jets, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota and San Francisco.

Strong — Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit, Baltimore, Buffalo, Kansas City, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas and San Francisco.

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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