Football bragging rights

'Pigskin Pundits' tackle sixth week of NFL picks

By Staff | Oct 11, 2018

Rockland — This is the sixth week of the 2018-19 National Football League season and the weekly game picks from the Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators and guests have resulted in a mixed bag of gridiron guessing success.

In Week 5, Courier Publications/VillageSoup Owner Reade Brower finished 8-7, Sports Director Ken Waltz 10-5, Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell 9-6 and sports reporter Zack Miller 8-7. Guest Sandy Cameron finished 9-6.

Thus far this season, Waltz is 47-29-2 (.618 winning percentage), Miller 44-32-2 (.579), Haskell 42-34-2 (.553) and Brower 39-37-2 (.513). The guests are 42-34-2 (.553).

In Week 1, Howard Fogg of Monmouth finished 7-8-1; Week 2, Ethan Butler of Appleton, 9-6-1; Week 3, Richard Carlsen of Vinalhaven, 9-7; Week 4, Jason Karam of Warren, 8-7; and Week 5, Sandy Cameron, 9-6.

The Week 6 guest is Scott Case of Belfast.

It is the 20th straight year the "Pigskin Pundits" make their weekly NFL game selections.

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.

The picks appear each Thursday online.

Each year during the NFL season, through the Super Bowl, Brower, Waltz, Haskell and a weekly guest went head-to-head against one another by picking that week’s slate of pro football games. This year, sports reporter Miller joins the group to try to earn football picking bragging rights.

The “winners” are not selected by a points spread, but merely the final score.

After 16 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.

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

So, who do you like in Week 6? Here is what our "experts" and guest think:

The Week 6 schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 11

Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants

Sunday, Oct. 14

Tampa Bay at Atlanta

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland

Seattle at Oakland

Chicago at Miami

Arizona at Minnesota

Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets

Carolina at Washington

Buffalo at Houston

Los Angeles Rams at Denver

Jacksonville at Dallas

Baltimore at Tennessee

Kansas City at New England

Monday, Oct. 15

San Francisco at Green Bay

The following are the Week 6 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup group and the weekly guest:

Brower — Philadelphia, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Oakland, Miami, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Carolina, Buffalo, Denver, Jacksonville, Tennessee, New England and Green Bay.

Waltz — N.Y. Giants, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Oakland, Chicago, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Carolina, Houston, Denver, Dallas, Tennessee, New England and Green Bay.

Haskell — N.Y. Giants, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle, Chicago, Minnesota, N.Y. Jets, Carolina, Houston, Denver, Jacksonville, Tennessee, New England and Green Bay.

Miller — Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle, Chicago, Minnesota, N.Y. Jets, Carolina, Houston, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas, Tennessee, New England and Green Bay.

Case — N.Y. Giants, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle, Chicago, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Carolina, Houston, Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville, Tennessee, New England and Green Bay.

History lesson

Last season, Brower was the “top dog” as he finished with a 178-78 record (.695 winning percentage), while the weekly guests finished second at 169-87 (.660), Haskell third at 156-100 (.609) and Waltz fourth at 153-103 (.598).

As a guest picker last season in Week 8, Miller finished a perfect 13-0 and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell and Brower in the playoffs, along with Sandy Cameron of Belfast and Mark Cooper of Fairfield, who finished with 13-3 records in Week 13 and Week 16, respectively.

As an employee in another Brower company, Miller was ineligible to collect the free year’s subscription, but picked playoff games along with Cameron and Cooper, who had the second-best guest marks.

Haskell, Miller and Cooper correctly picked the Philadelphia Eagles to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

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

Comments (1)
Posted by: Doug Curtis Jr. | Oct 11, 2018 19:48

Mark if you had called me back I could have helped you.



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