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Chase for the Golden Nerf:

Celebrity/Media NFL Picks Week 11: Newton’s hot streak knocks Fator from first

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Wayne Newton at Opportunity Village on Oct. 6, 2011.

For the first time since the second week of the season, there’s a new name atop the leaderboard in the Chase for the Golden Nerf.

Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, surely said “Danke Schoen” after a 3-0 week against the point spread catapulted him to the top of the standings in the field of 16 Las Vegas celebrities and media personalities.

After a 2-4 start to the season, Newton has been correct on 15 of his last 24 picks during his ascension into the lead, in his second attempt to capture the Golden Nerf, having claimed the trophy in 2005 and 2008.

It’s a bunched field near the top, however, as Newton’s 17-13 record is in a virtual tie with Planet Hollywood headliner Marc Savard, who sits at 16-12-2. Longtime contest leader and Mirage headliner Terry Fator slipped into third at 16-14, while Raiding the Rock Vault star Andrew Freeman is fourth at 15-15.

Five others have either 13 or 14 wins and are well within striking distance as we head into the season’s final seven weeks in the coveted chase for bragging rights, in the name of a spray-painted foam football.

Sal DeFilippo’s picks (14-15-1):

Steelers +2 vs. Lions

Eagles-Redskins over 52½

Patriots +2½ at Panthers

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The media/celebrity picks:

Wayne Newton, "Mr. Las Vegas" (17-13)

Patriots +2½ at Panthers

Redskins +3½ at Eagles

Cardinals -6½ at Jaguars

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Marc Savard, Comedy Hypnotist at Planet Hollywood (16-12-2)

Saints -3 vs. 49ers

Bears -3 vs. Ravens

Cardinals -6½ at Jaguars

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Terry Fator, Mirage headliner (16-14)

Eagles -3½ vs. Redskins

Broncos -8 vs. Chiefs

Saints -3 vs. 49ers

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Andrew Freeman, Raiding the Rock Vault performer at LVH (15-15)

Broncos -8 vs. Chiefs

Giants -6½ vs. Packers

Seahawks -13½ vs. Vikings

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John Katsilometes, The Kats Report (14-15-1)

Saints-49ers under 47½

Bengals -6 vs. Browns

Seahawks -13½ vs. Vikings

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Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas ambassador (14-15-1)

Lions -2 at Steelers

Bengals -6 vs. Browns

Chiefs +8 at Broncos

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Carolyn Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas (14-16)

Eagles -3½ vs. Redskins

Chargers -1½ at Dolphins

49ers +3 at Saints

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Donny Osmond, Flamingo Las Vegas headliner (13-16-1)

Bengals -6 vs. Browns

Lions -2 at Steelers

Saints -3 vs. 49ers

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Carla Pellegrino, celebrity chef and owner of Bratalian (13-16-1)

Eagles -3½ vs. Redskins

Chiefs +8 at Broncos

Seahawks -13½ vs. Vikings

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Frankie Moreno, Stratosphere headliner (12-16-2)

Jets +1½ at Bills

Patriots +2½ at Panthers

Lions -2 at Steelers

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Jason Feinberg, KVVU-TV morning personality (12-18)

Saints -3 vs. 49ers

Jaguars +6½ vs. Cardinals

Redskins +3½ at Eagles

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Mark & Mercedes in the Morning, Mix 94.1 (11-16-3)

Broncos -8 vs. Chiefs

Patriots +2½ at Panthers

Saints -3 vs. 49ers

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Claire Sinclair, star of Pin Up at Stratosphere (11-17-2)

Falcons -1½ at Buccaneers

Texans -7 vs. Raiders

Vikings +13½ at Seahawks

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Kevin Janison, KVBC meteorologist (11-18-1)

Lions-Steelers over 47½

Eagles-Redskins over 52½

Seahawks-Vikings under 46

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Dana White, UFC president (10-20)

Texans -7 vs. Raiders

Seahawks -13½ vs. Vikings

Patriots +2½ at Panthers

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Carrot Top, Luxor headliner (8-20-2)

Eagles -3½ vs. Redskins

Chargers -1½ at Dolphins

Patriots +2½ at Panthers

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