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January 30, 2015

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Introducing the Sun’s NFL handicapping contest with Week One picks

Sportswriters like Steelers, Packers and Chiefs on Sunday



Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger makes his way out to the field before a preseason game.

Football handicapping contests are inescapable in Las Vegas this time of year.

Because of ever-increasing demand, different variations of competitions asking participants to pick games are available at every corner.

The Las Vegas Sun sports staffers figured they were overdue. It was time to join in on the tradition.

For the next three months, Case Keefer, Ray Brewer and Taylor Bern will make six NFL picks per week. Sides and totals are accepted, with the lines coming from William Hill US sports books. Thursday night games are ineligible, as the column will regularly run on Fridays.

Unfortunately, the prize pool fell short of the LVH Supercontest’s record $1.11 million this year. They’ll have to settle for bragging rights and maybe a lunch or two.

Three plays were particularly popular for week one. Two of the three competitors selected Kansas City +3 at home against Atlanta, Green Bay -4 hosting San Francisco and Pittsburgh +1.5 traveling to Denver.

Find all of the week one picks below. They are listed in order of kickoff time.


Case Keefer

Record: 0-0

Eagles -9 at Browns

Dolphins +13 at Texans

Redskins vs. Saints over 50

Packers -4 vs. 49ers

Buccaneers +2.5 vs. Panthers

Steelers vs. Broncos under 46


Ray Brewer

Record: 0-0

Vikings -3.5 vs. Jaguars

Browns +9 vs. Eagles

Chiefs +3 vs. Falcons

Bills vs. Jets over 38.5

Seahawks vs. Cardinals over 40.5

Steelers +1.5 at Broncos


Taylor Bern

Record: 0-0

Chiefs +3 vs. Falcons

Texas vs. Dolphins over 42.5

Seahawks vs. Cardinals under 40.5

Packers -4 vs. 49ers

Steelers +1.5 at Broncos

Bengals +7 at Ravens

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at

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  1. I wouldn't bet against the 49ers.

  2. What the janitor of the building was not available to make picks either?