Finally, big weekend for the favorites 

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It was a great weekend for New England sports. You got your championship. And you got your (twice) annual win in Buffalo.

Neither was really a surprise.

The same goes for the NFL this past weekend. Of the 14 games, including the Thursday night game in Houston, 12 of the 14 games were won by favorites.

That used to be the norm. But not these days.

I have a decent week, with nine correct selections out of 13 games. It should be noted that the Washington-N.Y. Giants game was omitted from my Sunday picks, thus that game, for me, was counted as a loss.

The Patriots threw everyone for a loop scoring only 25 points on Monday. Because 74 entries had 10 or more winners, the first tiebreaker (Pats point total) was an pivotal. There were six entries that got all 13 selections right.

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

Week 9 is the official halfway point. And it might as well be called “Rivalry Weekend” because there are at least six or seven games, among common foes, that the games could be considered tossups. The Patriots are favored by 5 1/2 points over the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers. It will be interesting to see how many entries will pick the Packers, only 3-3.

Week 8 winners

Sammy Richman of Danville, N.H.

Ernie Doucey of Beverly

Chuck Mack of Hampstead, N.H.

Rick Harb of Middleton

Roland Poirier of Haverhill

John Poirer of Haverhill

Bill Collins of Lawrence

Jackie Cottier of Derry, N.H.

Steve Libby of Beverly

James Dexter of Methuen

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