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Chase for the Golden Nerf:

Celebrity/Media NFL Picks Week 17: Marc Savard has entranced the field

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L.E. Baskow

Hypnotist Marc Savard decks out his home with a light display for visitors and residents to come and admire on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Anyone who follows the Chase for the Golden Nerf knows that this competition pitting celebrities and media personalities against one another is a battle between these Giants and Titans in the Las Vegas community — and as we enter the season’s final weekend, we find that it also involves Eagles, Cardinals, Steelers and Patriots.

Marc Savard, a comedy hypnotist who headlines at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, is 26-18-4 and leads by percentage points (59.1 percent against the point spread). Savard is backing Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Arizona this weekend.

Andrew Freeman, who performs in LVH’s “Raiding the Rock Vault,” leads the contest in wins at 27-21 (56.3 percent) and has chosen the New York Giants, New England and Philadelphia.

Wayne “Mr. Las Vegas” Newton, Las Vegas strip headliners Donny Osmond and Terry Fator, and Chef Carla Pellegrino are above .500 and could capture the coveted spray-painted foam football with a strong weekend.

Thanks to all of the competitors who participated in this year’s battle for point-spread supremacy. The final weekend of selections:

Sal DeFilippo’s picks (21-26-1):

Patriots -9½ vs. Bills

Chargers -10 vs. Chiefs

Eagles-Cowboys over 52½

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The media/celebrity picks:

Marc Savard, comedy hypnotist at Planet Hollywood (26-18-4)

Titans -7 vs. Texans

Steelers –7 vs. Browns

Cardinals +3 vs. 49ers

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Andrew Freeman, "Raiding the Rock Vault" performer at LVH (27-21)

Eagles -7 at Cowboys

Patriots -9½ vs. Bills

Giants -3½ vs. Redskins

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Wayne Newton, "Mr. Las Vegas" (25-22-1)

Patriots -9½ vs. Bills

Redskins +3½ at Giants

Cardinals +3 vs. 49ers

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Donny Osmond, Flamingo headliner (24-22-2)

Patriots -9½ vs. Bills

Bengals -6 vs. Ravens

Dolphins -6½ vs. Jets

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Terry Fator, Mirage headliner (24-23-1)

Cowboys-Eagles over 52½

Steelers -7 vs. Browns

Broncos-Raiders under 54

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Carla Pellegrino, celebrity chef and owner of Bratalian (24-23-1)

Seahawks -10 vs. Rams

Eagles -7 at Cowboys

Saints -12½ vs. Buccaneers

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Frankie Moreno, Stratosphere headliner (22-24-2)

Steelers -7 vs. Browns

Eagles -7 at Cowboys

Chargers -10 vs. Chiefs

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Carolyn Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas (22-25-1)

Chargers -10 vs. Chiefs

49ers -3 at Cardinals

Broncos -12½ at Raiders

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John Katsilometes, The Kats Report (22-25-1)

49ers -3 vs. Cardinals

Giants -3½ vs. Redskins

Panthers -7 at Falcons

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Mark & Mercedes in the Morning, Mix 94.1 (20-24-4)

Giants -3½ vs. Redskins

Rams +10 vs. Seahawks

49ers -3 at Cardinals

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Jason Feinberg, KVVU-TV morning personality (20-27-1)

Seahawks -10 vs. Rams

Redskins +3½ at Giants

Chargers -10 vs. Chiefs

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Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas ambassador (19-28-1)

Eagles -7 at Cowboys

Giants -3½ vs. Redskins

Colts -11½ vs. Jaguars

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Kevin Janison, KSNV meteorologist (19-28-1)

Buccaneers +12½ at Saints

Raiders +12½ vs. Broncos

Chiefs +10 vs. Chargers

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Claire Sinclair, star of "Pin Up" at Stratosphere (18-28-2)

Falcons +7 vs. Panthers

Bengals -6 vs. Ravens

Eagles -7 at Cowboys

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Dana White, UFC president (17-31)

Saints -12½ vs. Buccaneers

Broncos -12½ at Raiders

Patriots -9½ vs. Bills

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Carrot Top, Luxor headliner (15-30-3)

Giants -3½ vs. Redskins

Jets +6½ at Dolphins

Patriots -9½ vs. Bills

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