Patriots point total was important in Week 9

You can win an "I Beat Burt" T-shirt like so many others have in the Merrimack Valley and North Shore. Long-time North of Boston executive sports editor Bill Burt is shown holding up the shirt that will be sent to the 10 winners in Week 9. 

If you picked all of the favorites this past weekend in pro football, you did not win an "I Beat Burt" T-shirt.

Eight of the 12 favorites won. I had eight correct selections. Ties don't cut it.

Despite going 8-4, usually a decent week, it was really a so-so week.

But if you picked an upset, or two, and you correctly had the Patriots point total exactly (31), you won. All of this week's winners had the first tiebreaker and nine or more correct selections.

How about this fact? Only four home teams won.

Get used to it. It's the new, unpredictable NFL.

FYI: Week 10 is going to take some ingenuity as there will be only two games with a spread of under three points. That means an upset or two will be vital for all potential T-shirt winners.

Week 9 winners

Armand Boucher of Methuen

Dave Heidler of East Hampstead, N.H.

Ed Watson of Groveland

Pat Archibald of East Hampstead

Linda Hamilton of Methuen

Roy Dennehy of Windham, N.H.

Daniel DiBella of Methuen

Ed Schroeder of Windham, N.H.

Kathy Tramonte of Hampton Falls, N.H.

Rick Gardella of Kingston, N.H.

John Armano of North Andover