Football bragging rights

Pack tightens as lucky Week 13 games beckon 'Pigskin Pundits'

Brower, Miller, Haskell, guests make gains in quest to chase down leader Waltz
By Staff | Nov 28, 2019

Rockland — Another week of picks, another week of interesting outcomes and things are beginning to get mighty interesting. In fact, a once seemingly lopsided lead for one prognosticator has shrunk and it is anyone's ballgame — pun intended — with a few weeks left in the regular season.

It is the 13th week of the 2019-20 National Football League season and, subsequently, the weekly game picks from the Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators and guests.

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.

In Week 12 of the 2019-20 season, Miller finished 11-3, Brower 9-5 and Waltz and Haskell 8-6. The guest was 10-4.

Thus, after 12 weeks, Waltz is 117-58-1 (.669 winning percentage), Brower 111-64-1 (.634), Miller 109-66-1 (.623), Haskell 107-68-1 (.611) and guests 104-71-1 (.594).

The Week 13 guest is Sandy Cameron of Belfast.

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; in Week 9, Chad Blake of Rockland, 6-8; Week 10, Brad Strong of Rockland, 4-9; Week 11, Otis Kneeland of Stockton Springs, 10-4; and Week 12, Chris Hart of Rockport, 10-4.

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.

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

So, who do you like in Week 13? Below is what our "experts" and guest think.

The Week 13 schedule includes:

Thursday, Nov. 28

Chicago at Detroit

Buffalo at Dallas

New Orleans at Atlanta

Sunday, Dec. 1

N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati

Tennessee at Indianapolis

Philadelphia at Miami

Green Bay at N.Y. Giants

Cleveland at Pittsburgh

Washington at Carolina

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

San Francisco at Baltimore

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver

Oakland at Kansas City

New England at Houston

Monday, Dec. 2

Minnesota at Seattle

The following are the Week 13 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew and weekly guest:

Brower — Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, N.Y. Jets, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Cleveland, Carolina, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Los Angeles Rams, Denver, Kansas City, New England and Seattle.

Waltz — Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, N.Y. Jets. Tennessee, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Cleveland, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Arizona, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City, New England and Seattle.

Haskell — Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, N.Y. Jets, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Cleveland, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Arizona, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City, New England and Seattle.

Miller — Detroit, Dallas, New Orleans, N.Y. Jets, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Cleveland, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City, New England and Seattle.

Cameron — Chicago, Buffalo, New Orleans, N.Y. Jets, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, New England and Seattle.

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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