Home teams rule with only two weeks to go

Sports editor Bill Burt poses with the new sports tech T-shirt. 

When the New England Patriots win, I do too ... most of the time.

It seemed like a typical Patriots game in Pittsburgh, even while it was going on. The Steelers lead, but blow the game. Or the Patriots take it; however you want to look at it.

Usually, when I pick very few underdogs, like I did in Week 15, I'm usually near the top.

Well, I was near the top this week, despite selecting only nine of 15 winners. What happened? Home teams dominated the Sunday games, taking of the 12 games.

While nine correct picks doesn't sound like a lot, only 23 of the 213 entries picked 10 or more winners.

The first tiebreaker — the Patriots point total — came into play as it usually does and nobody was within nine points of the Patriots 10 points.

Each week a maximum of 10 winners are awarded "I Beat Burt" sports tech T-shirts.

As for Week 16, the Thursday night schedule is over and there will be two more games on Saturday and 14 games on Sunday.

With five home underdogs, expect another "upset-filled" weekend of NFL games.

Good luck. 


Week 15 winners 

Colleen Ricker of Peabody

Jim Brown of Merrimac

Alexander Carter of Topsfield

Lenny Small of Beverly

David MacDonald of Peabody

Charlie Sforza of Byfield

Rick Lowe of Gloucester

Wayne Heckman of Peabody

Michael Thistle of Peabody

Paul Lawson of Gloucester

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