Wiseguys? Better Week For Mike Valenti, But Detroit Media Still Struggling To Pick NFL Winners

Written By Matt Schoch on September 22, 2021

The Barstool Advisors aren’t the only prognositcators struggling out of the gate this NFL season.

We’re keeping an eye on Detroit sports media members who are making NFL picks this season, as its the first one with Michigan online sports betting available throughout the state.

As a whole for these ‘Wiseguys‘? Not great.

Mike Valenti rises, Rico Beard falls in Week 2 NFL picks

After going 1-4 last week, Detroit media gambling pioneer and 97.1 The Ticket drive-time sports radio host Mike Valenti had a better Week 2 for the NFL slate. But not by much.

On Friday’s edition of “The Valenti Show with Rico Beard”, Valenti and his co-host unveiled their selections.

Both hosts lost with Chiefs and Chargers (each at -3.5), while Beard won with 49ers -3, and Valenti squeezed out Colts +3.5.

After 1-3 Sundays each, the pair also differed on Monday Night Football, with Beard taking the Detroit Lions +11. Valenti laid the points and took the host Green Bay Packers.

You know how that went, huge NFL parlay or no huge NFL parlay.

Valenti is now 3-7 on the season, an improvement after last week’s 1-4.

Detroit News columnist John Niyo now leads Michigan media picks

Justin Rogers must be feeling homesick.

In the Detroit News weekly NFL picks, the Lions beat writer has been taking strictly home teams. This week, it blew up in his face with a 3-12-1 mark.

The quartet of Rogers, James Hawkins, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski all went with Packers -10. Wins all around.

Hawkins (Cardinals -2.5) and Rogers (Chiefs -2.5) blew their best bets and are now 0-2 in the weekly lock. Niyo, a columnist, now has the overall lead in our game here after Beard took the dive this week on the radio.

Lions Detroit Free Press beat writer Birkett moves to 0-2

Speaking of struggling Lions beat writers, Dave Birkett moved to 0-2, predicting the Packers would best the Lions 27-17 as Detroit Free Press writers picked the Monday night game.

For these games, we take the score predictions from Birkett, Carlos Monarrez, Jeff Seidel and Shawn Windsor and put it against the game-time line (Lions +11.5 on Monday).

Although Birkett went down with the Lions, the other three moved to .500 on the season with the Packers.

PickerWinsLossesTiesWin percentage
Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News51412.553
John Niyo, Detroit News48442.521
Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press330.500
James Hawkins, Detroit News42502.457
Mike Valenti, 971 The Ticket14181.439
Justin Rogers, Detroit News37502.427
Rico Beard, 971 The Ticket12201.379
Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press240.333
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press240.333
Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press150.167
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A Michigan native, Matt has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. A versatile sports reporter, Matt has covered sailing on the Great Lakes, cricket in the Caribbean, high school and pro playoffs, and the Olympics in Rio. He's also the host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of a documentary on Emoni Bates. A former blackjack dealer, Matt has studied the industry from all sides.

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