Football bragging rights

Passing fancy: 'Pigskin Pundits' ready for 50/50 ball in Week 4 of NFL picks

After three weeks, Waltz maintains lead over field, Brower second at three games back
By Staff | Sep 26, 2019

Rockland — This is the fourth 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.

In Week 3, Waltz finished 12-4, Haskell 11-5, Brower 10-6 and Miller 8-8, with the guest at 11-5.

Thus, after three weeks, Waltz is 35-12-1 (.745 winning percentage), Brower 32-15-1 (.681), Haskell 30-17-1 (.638), Miller 29-18-1 (.617) and the guests 30-17-1 (.638).

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 guests, in Week 1, Brad King of Rockland finished 12-3-1; in Week 2, Michele Scheffler of Jefferson, 8-8; and in Week 3, Howard Fogg of Monmouth, 11-5.

The Week 4 guest is Ethan Butler of Appleton.

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

The Week 4 schedule includes:

Thursday, Sept. 26

Philadelphia at Green Bay

Sunday, Sept. 29

Tennessee at Atlanta

New England at Buffalo

Kansas City at Detroit

Oakland at Indianapolis

Los Angeles Chargers at Miami

Washington at N.Y. Giants

Cleveland at Baltimore

Carolina at Houston

Tampa Bay at Los Angeles Rams

Seattle at Arizona

Minnesota at Chicago

Jacksonville at Denver

Dallas at New Orleans

Monday, Sept. 30

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

The following are the Week 4 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew and weekly guest:

Brower — Green Bay, Atlanta, New England, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Chargers, N.Y. Giants, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Minnesota, Denver, New Orleans and Pittsburgh.

Waltz — Green Bay, Atlanta, New England, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Chargers, N.Y. Giants, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Chicago, Jacksonville, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

Haskell — Philadelphia, Atlanta, New England, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Chargers, N.Y. Giants, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Chicago, Jacksonville, New Orleans and Pittsburgh.

Miller — Green Bay, Atlanta, New England, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Chargers, N.Y. Giants, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Chicago, Jacksonville, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

Butler — Philadelphia, Atlanta, New England, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Chargers, N.Y. Giants, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles Rams, Arizona, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

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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