Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle sixth week of NFL picks

Guests, Haskell, Brower battle for top spot, Waltz tags along for ride
By Staff | Oct 12, 2017
Courtesy of: National Football League

Rockland — This is the sixth week of the 2017-18 National Football League regular season. Courier Publications/VillageSoup's "Pigskin Pundits" will match wits with a guest each week to pick the winners of the games.

The weekly pundits who will participate in the 19th consecutive year of the pro football selections will be Courier Publications/VillageSoup owner Reade Brower, Sports Director Ken Waltz and Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell.

Games are picked for “winners,” not on a point spread, but simply the final score.

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

The Week 6 guest is Collin Landry of Rockland.

Thus far, the guests have been Kyle Durkee of Waldoboro in Week 1 (12-3, .800), Laurie Cole of Rockland in Week 2 (11-5), Cameron Watson of Searsport in Week 3 (7-9), Ryan Snell of Waldoboro in Week 4 (10-6) and Tom Peaco of Rockland in Week 5 (6-8).

Durkee holds the distinction as best weekly guest thus far.

In Week 5, Brower finished 8-6, Haskell 7-7 and Waltz 3-11.

Thus, after five weeks, the guests stand at 46-31 overall (.597 winning percentage), Haskell 45-32 (.584), Brower 44-33 (.571) and Waltz 37-40 (.481).

The Week 6 schedule includes:

Thursday, Oct. 12

Philadelphia at Carolina

Sunday, Oct. 15

New England at N.Y. Jets

Miami at Atlanta

Chicago at Baltimore

Cleveland at Houston

Green Bay at Minnesota

Detroit at New Orleans

San Francisco at Washington

Tampa Bay at Arizona

Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville

Pittsburgh at Kansas City

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland

N.Y. Giants at Denver

Monday, Oct. 16

Indianapolis at Tennessee

You picked who?

Landry: Carolina, New England, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Green Bay, Detroit, Washington, Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City, Oakland, Denver and Tennessee.

Haskell: Carolina, New England, Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Green Bay, Detroit, Washington, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver and Indianapolis.

Brower: Carolina, New England, Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Green Bay, New Orleans, Washington, Arizona, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Oakland, Denver and Tennessee.

Waltz: Philadelphia, New England, Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Green Bay, New Orleans, Washington, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Oakland, Denver and Tennessee.

Last year's results

Haskell finished 173-92-2 overall (.653 winning percentage), including 8-3 in the playoffs. Waltz finished 171-94-2 (.645), including 7-4 in the postseason. Brower finished 169-96-2 (.638), including a perfect 11-0 in the playoffs. Chris Donlin, at 13-3 in Week 17, was the guest who earned the right to participate in the playoffs, and he finished 8-3 in the postseason and helped guests finish 170-95-2 (.642).

Each prognostigator selected New England to beat Atlanta in the Super Bowl, and the Patriots rallied to prevail 34-28. Waltz predicted 38-28, Haskell 34-24, Brower 34-23 and Donlin 27-17.

During the regular season, Haskell finished with the best individual week at 15-1 in Week 15. In regular-season play, Haskell finished 165-89-2, Waltz 164-90-2 and Brower 158-96-2.

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

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