It was moving weekend for the “Pigskin Pundits” as a couple climbed the ladder of success and two fell a rung or two — or at least remained stagnant.

Week 4 of the National Football League game predictions saw impressive guessing performances by two pundits, a solid week from the guest and not-so-great effort from two “professional” pickers.

Reade Brower

As the pundits and their weekly guests have discovered, predicting the outcome of games is harder than it looks.

Will it be more of the same in Week 5, or will there be a shakeup? Well, it depends on one’s perspective and what the football gods have in mind.

As they say in the unpredictable world of weekly football game picking, we shall see. The proof will be in the proverbial pudding.

In Week 4, Reade Brower and Mark Haskell buoyed themselves above the fray with solid weeks at 13-3, while Ken Waltz finished 9-7 and Jim Leonard 8-8. Guest Dan Falla of Tenants Harbor was 10-6.

Four weeks into an already crazy NFL campaign, Brower and Haskell sit at 39-24-1 (.619 winning percentage), Leonard 35-28-1 (.556), Waltz 33-30-1 (.524) and the guests 29-34-1 (.460).

The Week 5 guest is Quinn Commeau of Rockland.

For the guests, Sam Adolphsen of Hope finished 6-9-1 in Week 1, Rachel Coor of Damariscotta 7-9 in Week 2, Zach Smith of Belfast 6-10 in Week 3 and Dan Falla of Tenants Harbor 10-6 in Week 4.

Thus far, Brower and Haskell have the best weekly records among the pundits at 13-3 in Week 4, while Dan Falla of Tenants Harbor has the top mark among guests at 10-6 in Week 4.

Ken Waltz

The MaineStay Media/VillageSoup “Pigskin Pundits” include Brower (company owner), Waltz (sports director), Haskell (associate sports director) and Leonard (The Republican Journal reporter).

Those four, along with a different weekly guest, will pick the outcome of games.

The NFL games got under way on Sept. 8 and, after 18 weeks (17 games) of the regular season, which includes a bye week for all teams, and a few weeks of playoff battles, it will be time for Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Az.

As the dog days of summer quickly transition into the brisk days of fall, the start of the regular season is upon us as 32 teams gear up for a run at the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

And, on a Midcoast level, sportswriters and sports aficionados look to prove their mental mettle for bragging rights.

For the 24th year, the MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports staff ushers in its “Pigskin Pundits” weekly NFL game selections, where readers/fans test their football wits against the “pros.”

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

Mark Haskell

The prognosticators and weekly guest go head-to-head when they pick the winners — no scores or points spreads involved — of that week’s slate of games.

After 18 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 one of MaineStay Media/VillageSoup newspapers or one of the organization’s websites.

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

The games for Week 5 include:

Oct. 6

Indianapolis at Denver

Oct. 9

New York Giants at Green Bay

Detroit at New England

Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland

Pittsburgh at Buffalo

Chicago at Minnesota

Jim Leonard

Seattle at New Orleans

Miami at New York Jets

Atlanta at Tampa Bay

Tennessee at Washington

Houston at Jacksonville

San Francisco at Carolina

Dallas at Los Angeles Rams

Philadelphia at Arizona

Cincinnati at Baltimore

Oct. 10

Las Vegas at Kansas City

The Week 5 picks for the “Pigskin Pundits” and guest include:

Brower — Denver, Green Bay, New England, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo, Minnesota, Seattle, Miami, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Kansas City.

Waltz — Denver, Green Bay, New England, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo, Minnesota, Seattle, New York Jets, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Kansas City.

Quinn Commeau

Haskell — Denver, Green Bay, New England, Cleveland, Buffalo, Minnesota, Seattle, Miami, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Kansas City.

Leonard — Denver, Green Bay, Detroit, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo, Minnesota, Seattle, Miami, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Kansas City.

Commeau — Indianapolis, New York Giants, Buffalo, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, Detroit, New Orleans, Miami, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Los Angeles Rams, Arizona, Baltimore and Kansas City.

History lesson

Last year’s top guest picker was Ryan Verrill of Warren, who finished 12-2 in Week 14, and earned the right to pick against Waltz, Haskell, Brower and Miller in the postseason.

In the playoffs, Haskell and Miller finished 9-4, Waltz 8-5, Brower 7-6 and Verrill 6-7, as Haskell, Waltz and Miller correctly picked the Los Angeles Rams to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.

Overall in 2021-22, Brower finished 188-96-1 (.662); Haskell, 184-100-1 (.648); Waltz, 180-104-1 (.634); Zack Miller, 176-108-1 (620); and guests, 176-108-1 (620).

MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com.