Beat Burt: Old-school teams are back to winning

PAUL BILODEAU/Staff photoDaniel Wilder, 10, of Beverly was among this week's winners of the "I Beat Burt" contest. 

The NFL season started out in turmoil. Any team could win any game on any given Sunday.

It was that way almost for a month, with an 8-7 record picking the winner of these games being very good.

Well, those days are gone and Old World Order — the Patriots, Steelers and Packers — are back and taken over the NFL. Teams like Jacksonville and Miami, which appeared to be changing course, are what we thought they were in previous years: not ready for prime time.

The Eagles appear to have found their mojo too, with a lot of close wins and close games thus far.

Most people expected the L.A. Rams to be ‘all that’ and they are maybe the league’s most well-rounded, talented team. Again, let’s pump the brakes until they visit a little adversity. 

Burt continues steady pace

If you pick nine winners like I did in Week 6, you were pretty much on top of things. That being said, there were some impressive entries this week, with 15 having 12 correct selections out of the 14 games.

Each week a maximum of 10 T-shirts are awarded. The first tiebreaker is the Patriots point total, which this week was a whopping 43 points. We expect many entries to write in high numbers than the standard 27 points they’ve been averaging.

All of the this week’s winners were within five points of the first tiebreaker. 

Week 6 winners

Skip Oxford of Newburyport

Steve Libby of Beverly

John Doyle of Danvers

Jim Ritchie of Salisbury

Joseph Kasabuski of Saugus

Mark Penta of Haverhill

Bridgette Faith O’Neill of Newburyport

Leslie Murray of Salisbury

John Lund of Gloucester

Roland Benjamin of Merrimac


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