By the standards of this year’s tightly fought competition, Special Sections Editor David Haerle has taken a commanding lead in The Daily World Pro Football Forecasting Contest.
With a 10-5 record last week, Haerle (124-56-1, a .689 percentage) increased his season advantage to two games over Sports Editor Rick Anderson (9-6) and three over sports writer Rob Burns (7-8).
Guest forecaster Wayne “Tiger” Hagen went 9-6, setting up a contest-within-a contest this week.
Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge Dave Edwards, this week’s guest, is a former law partner of Hagen and the two reportedly have set up a bet hinging on which can compile the better record.
A native of Kankakee, Ill., Edwards played high school and college baseball and remains active in the sport as the manager of the Mason Baseball Junior Legion team. He also served two stints as Aberdeen Little League president.
Although a longtime fan of the Chicago Bears, Edwards admits he finds football and all other sports “just something to do while you’re waiting for baseball.”
Edwards’ participation, incidentally, undoubtedly means that any lawsuits regarding the pro football forecasting contest cannot be submitted to Grays Harbor Superior Court due to potential conflicts of interest.
Since some NFL games this season are being played in Canada and England, we’re proposing that any such legal disputes be handled by the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, which could use the work and might welcome a case in which the parties would actually agree to abide by its decision.
The Seattle Seahawks, coincidentally, are playing the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Sunday. The panel unanimously predicts a Seahawk victory.
GAME ANDERSON BURNS HAERLE EDWARDS
Packers-Bears Packers Packers Packers Bears
Bucs-Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints
Vikings-Rams Rams Vikings Rams Rams
Colts-Texans Texans Texans Texans Texans
Giants-Falcons Giants Giants Giants Giants
Redskins-Browns Redskins Redskins Browns Redskins
Jaguars-Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins
Broncos-Ravens Ravens Broncos Broncos Broncos
Panthers-Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Lions-Cards Lions Lions Lions Lions
Seahawks-Bills Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Chiefs-Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders
Steelers-Cowboys Cowboys Steelers Cowboys Steelers
49ers-Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
Jets-Titans Titans Titans Jets Titans
Lock of Week: Dolphins Lions Texans Lions