In addition to potentially affecting the Seattle Seahawks’ playoff seeding, Sunday’s San Francisco-Arizona game could decide the season championship in The Daily World Pro Football Forecasting Contest.
Sports Editor Rick Anderson (10-6 last week, 145-81-1 overall) leads Vidette reporter David Haerle (also 10-6 last week) by two games in the season standings. They differ on only two games this week — Green Bay-Chicago and San Francisco-Arizona.
Having posted the panel’s best record in Locks of the Week picks in all three years that feature has been included in the contest (coincidentally, he was also the one who suggested it), Haerle owns a one-game advantage over Anderson in that category.
Green Bay and San Francisco victories, combined with a New England win in the Lock of the Week game, would thus give Haerle the season title.
Sports writer Rob Burns, 9-7 last week, trails Anderson by nine games and is out of title contention.
Guest forecaster Mark Bannish had an 8-8 record last week.
Lake Quinault High School teacher and coach Darren Marshall, meanwhile, stands between Habitat for Humanity of Grays Harbor executive director Larry Burgher and the Guest Forecaster of the Year title. Marshall needs a 14-2 record this week to displace Burgher for this prestigious honor.
A 1994 graduate of Lake Quinault, where he played football, basketball and baseball, Marshall is the reading coordinator and afterschool/summer school coordinator at his alma mater. A past boys and girls basketball coach for the Elks, he has coached junior high football for nine years and took over the high school program in midseason.
The Seahawks and Packers are his favorite NFL teams.
Burns expects the Seahawks to continue their recent mini-skid and lose their home finale to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The three other panelists pick Seattle.
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