Among their other blessings on the Thanksgiving holiday, members of The Daily World Pro Football Contest panel can be thankful that last week is behind them.
Aided by New England’s dramatic overtime win over Denver, Sports Editor Rick Anderson was the only panelist to compile a winning record last week — and his 7-5-1 mark was far from eye-popping.
It did, however, enable him to regain a tie for the overall lead with Vidette reporter David Haerle (6-6-1) at 103-61-1. Sports writer Rob Burns (4-8-1) slipped seven games off the pace. Ironically, Burns was the lone permanent panelist to correctly pick the Lock of the Week — a distinction that might help him if he makes one of his patented late-season charges to gain a title tie.
Guest forecaster Terry Dion, who also tabbed the Lock of the Week, had a 6-6-1 record.
Making his bid for an unprecedented third Guest Forecaster of the Year award is Hoquiam boys basketball coach Curtis Eccles. He shared last year’s honor with Grizzly football coach Rick Moore and has a previous undisputed award to his credit.
Although best known for basketball, Eccles has an extensive gridiron background. He recently completed his fifth season as a Hoquiam Middle School football coach and previously was a Grizzly assistant. Eccles also played on Castle Rock’s 1988 state 1A championship team.
His two favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints, are colliding Monday at CenturyLink Field. He said will be recording that game, since the Grizzlies open their hoop season that night.
The panel unanimously forecasts a Seahawk victory over the Saints.
GAME ANDERSON BURNS HAERLE ECCLES
Packers-Lions Lions Lions Lions Packers
Raiders-Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys
Steelers-Ravens Steelers Steelers Ravens Steelers
Jaguars-Browns Browns Jaguars Browns Browns
Titans-Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
Bears-Vikings Bears Bears Bears Vikings
Dolphins-Jets Dolphins Dolphins Jets Jets
Cards-Eagles Eagles Cards Eagles Cards
Bucs-Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers
Patriots-Texans Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
Falcons-Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills
Rams-49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers
Broncos-Chiefs Broncos Broncos Chiefs Broncos
Bengals-Chargers Bengals Chargers Chargers Chargers
Giants-Redskins Giants Giants Giants Giants
Saints-Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Lock of Week: Panthers Patriots Patriots Patriots