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Football Friday Pick ’em Panel zeroes in on NFL divisional games

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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 11:45 am

MOREHEAD CITY — Some call this the best football weekend of the year.

We’ll see if the panel feels the same after picking the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

This is the week, in college basketball terms, when the great eight becomes the final four.

The two AFC divisional contests are 5-4 split decisions.

Brian North (WCTI-12), Brian Bailey (WNCT-9), J.J. Smith (News-Times), Dennis Thomason (News-Times) and Zack Nally (News-Times) go with the L.A. Chargers, while Billy Weaver (WITN-7), Deana King (, Chris Hughes ( and Brian Barnes ( like New England.

North, Bailey, Nally, King and Barnes take Kansas City, while Weaver, Smith, Thomason and Hughes pick Indianapolis.

Just two panelists go with Dallas over the L.A. Rams as Bailey and Weaver side with the Cowboys.

The entire panel scoffs in the face of Nick Foles’ postseason magic and predicts a New Orleans win over Philadelphia.

The online editors ran away with a win last week thanks to a 9-6 record. The TV sports anchors struggled at 5-10, and Carteret Publishing struggled mightily at 3-12.

Barnes shined in the individual standings at 4-1, followed by King and Bailey with 3-2 marks. Hughes and North each went 2-3, while Thomason, Smith and Nally were 1-4 apiece. Weaver went winless at 0-5.

The Dallas-Seattle game was a 5-4 split decision with Bailey, Thomason, King, Hughes and Barnes rightly going with Dallas.

Three games featured two panelists apiece coming up with the right pick.

Bailey and Barnes correctly chose Indianapolis over Houston, Smith and Barnes rightly went with Philadelphia over Chicago, and North and King wisely took Clemson over Alabama.

In the L.A. Chargers and Baltimore contest, North, Bailey, Nally and the online editors came up on the right side of the prognostication by taking the L.A. Chargers.

The online editors doubled their lead in the overall team standings, bumping it from six games to 12 and now sport a 474-221 record. Barring an epic collapse, King, Hughes and Barnes have wrapped up the season title. Carteret Publishing is 462-233. The TV sports anchors are 444-251.

Barnes added three games to his lead in the overall individual standings and is looking good for the championship with a 166-65 mark. Thomason is second at 161-70.

Hughes added a game to his hold on third at 155-76. North caught up with Smith, and the two are now tied for fourth at 152-79. King picked up a game on the fourth-place spot and is 151-80. Nally picked up a game on Weaver. and the two are tied for seventh at 147-84. Bailey picked up two games on the seventh spot and is 143-88.

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