This is the 17th and final 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 16, Courier Publications/VillageSoup Owner Reade Brower finished 12-4, Sports Director Ken Waltz 16-0, Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell and sports reporter Zack Miller 11-5. Guest Dan Falla of Tenants Harbor finished 8-8.

Thus far this season, through 16 weeks, Waltz has taken the lead — thanks to a perfect Week 16 when he moved from three games behind to two ahead — at 149-89-2 (.626 winning percentage), while Miller is second at 147-91-2 (.618), Haskell 141-98-2 (.592) and Brower 130-108-2 (.546). The guests are 138-100-2 (.580).

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; Week 15, Rachel Coor of Phoenix, Az. and Union, 10-6; and Week 16, Dan Falla of Tenants Harbor, 8-8.

The Week 17 guest is Tim Matero of Rockland.

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 next year should email Haskell at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

So, who do you like in Week 17? Here is what our "experts" and guest think:

The Week 17 schedule includes:

Sunday, Dec. 30

Miami at Buffalo

Detroit at Green Bay

N.Y. Jets at New England

Carolina at New Orleans

Dallas at N.Y. Giants

Atlanta at Tampa Bay

Jacksonville at Houston

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver

Oakland at Kansas City

San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams

Chicago at Minnesota

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

Arizona at Seattle

Philadelphia at Washington

Cleveland at Baltimore

Indianapolis at Tennessee

The following are the Week 17 picks of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup crew and the weekly guest:

Brower — Buffalo, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Indianapolis.

Waltz — Buffalo, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Indianapolis.

Haskell — Miami, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Tampa Bay, Houston, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Indianapolis.

Miller — Miami, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Tennessee.

Matero — Buffalo, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Seattle, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Indianapolis.

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.