That's more like it.

Home teams. Favorites. Some close games. A few upsets. And, 12 correct picks in 14 games.

It was a long time coming. But as we've learned in the new NFL, good teams aren't good for long, and the same with bad teams.

One trick when it comes to picking NFL games is when in doubt, pick the better quarterback. That trick has failed miserably for most of 2019 — but not last weekend. There were nine games in which there was a decided edge at quarterback in Week 8, and the team with the better quarterback went 9-0.

Again, that's not the norm any more. There seems to be about 16 teams in the middle, from 5-3 to 3-5, that are all the same. All I know is it took eight weeks to feel like I knew what I was doing.

Perfection pays off

It doesn't happen often, so when it does we try to reward entries. While Week 8 might be considered an 'easy' week, we rarely see entries that get every game spot on.

Well, we did. Bina Beauregard of Amesbury went 14-0. She will receive "I Beat Burt" T-shirts for her fete.

All of the winners this week had 13 correct picks and were within three points of the Patriots point total (27). The second tiebreaker (amount of correct picks) and third tiebreaker (random draw) were also used. Each week a maximum of 10 T-shirts are awarded, as well as Beauregard for her 14-0 week.

Week 8 winners

Bina Beauregard of Amesbury

Bill Griffith of Newburyport

Kevin O'Malley of Gloucester

Philip Alibrandi of Haverhill

Giovanni Rodriguez of Methuen

Patrick Archibald of Salem

Robert Ryan Sr. of Danvers

John Jaworwski of Peabody

Carol Falcone of Gloucester

John Tuohy of Peabody

Rich Zambella of Groveland



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