For the second consecutive week, a Seattle Seahawks game looms as crucial in The Daily World Pro Football Forecasting Contest.
Seattle’s dramatic comeback for an overtime victory over Houston last week not only kept the Hawks unbeaten, but enabled Sports Editor Rick Anderson and Vidette reporter David Haerle to share weekly honors with 9-5 records. They also remained deadlocked for the season lead at 37-22.
Had the Texans hung on for the victory, sports writer Rob Burns would have made it a three-way tie at the top of the standings. As it was, he went 8-6 and slipped two games off the pace. Noted for his late-season comebacks in this contest, Burns is unruffled by the setback.
Guest forecaster Bryan Schneider, whose weekend may have been at least partially spoiled by the Seattle victory (he said his favorite NFL team was “whoever is playing the Seahawks”), wound up 6-9 for the week.
Seattle’s road test on Sunday at Indianapolis again provided division among the panelists. While Anderson, Burns and guest forecaster Eric Potts predict a Seahawk victory, Haerle takes the Colts.
A 1998 graduate of Aberdeen High School, where he was a two-time all-league defensive back and a three-year letterman in football and and basketball, Potts is the director of admissions and outreach at Grays Harbor College.
The Seahawks are his favorite pro team, but he reserves his greatest athletic passion for Washington State University football. He graduated from WSU in 2002.
GAME ANDERSON BURNS HAERLE POTTS
Lions-Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers
Saints-Bears Saints Saints Saints Bears
Chiefs-Titans Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Jaguars-Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams
Patriots-Bengals Bengals Patriots Bengals Bengals
Seahawks-Colts Seahawks Seahawks Colts Seahawks
Ravens-Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins
Eagles-Giants Eagles Eagles Giants Giants
Panthers-Cards Panthers Cards Cards Panthers
Broncos-Cowboys Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos
Texans-49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers
Chargers-Raiders Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Jets-Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons
Lock of Week: Falcons Rams Falcons Rams