This is the fourth week of the 2018-19 National Football League season and the weekly game picks from the Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators and guests have gotten off to auspicious starts.

It is the 20th straight year the "Pigskin Pundits" will make their weekly NFL game selections.

In Week 3, Courier Publications/VillageSoup Owner Reade Brower finished 7-9, Sports Director Ken Waltz 8-8, Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell 7-9 and sports reporter Zack Miller 10-6. Guest Richard Carlsen of Vinalhaven finished 9-7.

Thus far this season, Waltz is 27-19-2 (.587 winning percentage), Haskell 25-21-2 (.543), Miller 26-20-2 (.565) and Brower 20-26-2 (.435). The guests are 25-21-2 (.543).

In Week 1, Howard Fogg of Monmouth finished 7-8-1, while in Week 2, Ethan Butler of Appleton finished 9-6-1 and in Week 3, Richard Carlsen of Vinalhaven finished 9-7.

The Week 4 guest is Jason Karam of Warren.

For decades, the weekly picks were featured in the print editions of Courier Publications’ newspapers, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal. Now, those picks are made exclusively on the organization’s websites — knox.villagesoup.com and waldo.villagesoup.com.

The picks will appear each Thursday online.

Each year during the NFL season, through the Super Bowl, Brower, Waltz, Haskell and a weekly guest went head-to-head against one another by picking that week’s slate of pro football games. This year, sports reporter Miller joins the group to try to earn football picking bragging rights.

The “winners” are not selected by a points spread, but merely the final score.

After 16 weeks, the guest with the best weekly record will return to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Miller and Brower for the playoffs and Super Bowl. The guest with the best weekly record also will receive a year's subscription to any of Courier Publications' newspapers or either of the organization's websites.

Those interested in being a weekly guest picker should email Haskell at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

So, who do you like in Week 4? Here is what our group and guest think:

The Week 4 schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 27

Minnesota at Los Angeles Rams

Sunday, Sept. 30

Cincinnati at Atlanta

Tampa Bay at Chicago

Detroit at Dallas

Buffalo at Green Bay

Philadelphia at Tennessee

Houston at Indianapolis

Miami at New England

N.Y. Jets and Jacksonville

Cleveland at Oakland

Seattle at Arizona

New Orleans at N.Y. Giants

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers

Baltimore at Pittsburgh

Monday, Oct. 1

Kansas City at Denver

The following are the Week 4 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup group and the weekly guest:

Brower — Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta, Tampa, Dallas, Green Bay, Tennessee, Indianapolis, New England, Jacksonville, Oakland, Seattle, New Orleans, Chargers, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.

Waltz — Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Philadephia, Houston, Miami, Jacksonville, Oakland, Seattle, New Orleans, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.

Haskell — Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Houston, New England, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Arizona, N.Y. Giants, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.

Miller — Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee, Indianapolis, New England, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Seattle,New Orleans, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.

Karam — Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, New England, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Seattle, New Orleans, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore and Denver.

History lesson

Last season, Brower was the “top dog” as he finished with a 178-78 record (.695 winning percentage), while the weekly guests finished second at 169-87 (.660), Haskell third at 156-100 (.609) and Waltz fourth at 153-103 (.598).

As a guest picker last season in Week 8, Miller finished a perfect 13-0 and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell and Brower in the playoffs, along with Sandy Cameron of Belfast and Mark Cooper of Fairfield, who finished with 13-3 records in Week 13 and Week 16, respectively.

As an employee in another Brower company, Miller was ineligible to collect the free year’s subscription, but picked playoff games along with Cameron and Cooper, who had the second-best guest marks.

Haskell, Miller and Cooper correctly picked the Philadelphia Eagles to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.