This is the 16th week of the 2018-19 National Football League season and the weekly game picks from the Courier Publications/VillageSoup prognosticators and guests have resulted in plenty of good — and bad — gridiron guessing success for a schedule now in its final stretch.

In Week 15, Courier Publications/VillageSoup Owner Reade Brower finished 7-9, Sports Director Ken Waltz 7-9, Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell 7-9 and sports reporter Zack Miller 8-8. Guest Rachel Coor of Phoenix, Az. and Union finished 10-6.

Thus far this season, through 15 weeks, Miller leads the picking pack at 136-86-2 (.613 winning percentage), while Waltz is second at 133-89-2 (.599), Haskell 129-93-2 (.581) and Brower 118-94-2 (.532). The guests are 130-92-2 (.586).

For the guests, in Week 1, Howard Fogg of Monmouth finished 7-8-1; Week 2, Ethan Butler of Appleton, 9-6-1; Week 3, Richard Carlsen of Vinalhaven, 9-7; Week 4, Jason Karam of Warren, 8-7; Week 5, Sandy Cameron of Belfast, 9-6; Week 6, Scott Case of Belfast 8-7; Week 7, Dwight Collins of Lincolnville 10-4; Week 8, Bruce Turner of Orrington 9-5; Week 9, Ricky Bagnall of Rockland 9-4; Week 10, Kyle Donlin 7-7; Week 11, Laurie Cole of Rockland, 6-7; Week 12, Brad King of Rockland 11-4; Week 13, Marty Messer of Rockport, 7-9; Week 14, Josh Toothaker of Searsport, 11-5; and Week 15, Rachel Coor of Phoenix, Az. and Union, 10-6.

The Week 16 guest is Dan Falla of Tenants Harbor.

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

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 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 17 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 16? Here is what our "experts" and guest think:

The Week 16 schedule includes:

Saturday, Dec. 22

Washington at Tennessee

Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers

Sunday, Dec. 23

Cincinnati at Cleveland

Tampa Bay at Dallas

Minnesota at Detroit

N.Y. Giants at Indianapolis

Jacksonville at Miami

Buffalo at New England

Green Bay at N.Y. Jets

Houston at Philadelphia

Atlanta at Carolina

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona

Chicago at San Francisco

Pittsburgh at New Orleans

Kansas City at Seattle

Monday, Dec. 14

Denver at Oakland

The following are the Week 16 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew and the weekly guest:

Brower — Tennessee, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle and Denver.

Waltz — Tennessee, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New England, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle and Oakland.

Haskell — Tennessee, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago, New Orleans, Kansas City and Oakland.

Miller — Tennessee, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Green Bay, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago, New Orleans, Kansas City and Denver.

Falla — Tennessee, Los Angeles Chargers, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Carolina, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Kansas City 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.