All hail The Detroit News!
And you know what, it’s not just them, as there is good news this week for most of the print sportswriters that we are tracking each week for their success (or lack thereof) with NFL picks.
Since Michigan sports betting is now legal, we figure it was a good time to track whether tailing the experts around town would be a profitable venture.
The answer so far this season has been a resounding no, though there have been positive signs in some corners as of late.
Detroit News quartet takes command against media peers
The two-newspaper town rivalry used to be the stuff of legends in this town, so we hear.
Whatever rivalry is left could have a feather added to the cap of The Detroit News this week, as all four of their NFL pickers are on the top of our list.
Bob Wojnowski took the overall lead with an 8-7-1 week, but he moved up mostly because of John Niyo stumbling to a 6-9-1 mark. Justin Rogers took another “no-contest” in the Lions game by picking the host Vikings in staff picks, but taking the Lions to cover in his official prediction.
James Hawkins had a fine 9-6-1 week to move to third place.
Detroit Free Press goes 3-for-4 on Lions’ pick
Football is a game of inches, and picking football games often comes down to a point or two.
It’s either cliche or no duh, but the Detroit Free Press was mostly on the good side of the ledger this week.
The Freep does not do football picks these days, despite an obvious built-in audience. So we’re grading their staff predictions for the Lions game each week, where they post their score predictions.
Then, we take the game-time line (Lions +10 on Sunday) and give them the side that their score prediction falls on.
Although all four writers picked the Vikings to win, three of them had predicted margins under 10 (7 for Dave Birkett, 9 apiece for Shawn Windsor and Carlos Monarrez), giving them the win. Jeff Seidel, with a 14-point margin, took a loss.
Mike Valenti and Rico Beard: Rough week for radio guys
Rico Beard and Mike Valenti were on the same side of five of the six games they picked on Friday’s show on 97.1 The Ticket.
Most of those were the wrong side, enduring a 1-4-1 week.
The pair both had the Chargers -2 for their only win of the weekend. Both hosts fell together on four other picks: The 49ers +5, Giants +7, Chiefs -2.5 and Vikings -10.
The only pick they differed on was a push, as Beard had the Packers -3, while Valenti had the Bengals +3.
|Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News||71||62||3||.533|
|John Niyo, Detroit News||69||64||3||.518|
|Mike Valenti, 971 The Ticket||21||21||1||.500|
|James Hawkins, Detroit News||63||70||3||.474|
|Justin Rogers, Detroit News||54||74||3||.424|
|Rico Beard, 971 The Ticket||18||29||1||.385|
|Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press||3||5||0||.375|
|Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press||2||6||0||.250|
|Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press||2||6||0||.250|
|Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press||1||7||0||.125|