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July 24, 2014

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Vegas picks for Week Two of the Sun’s NFL handicapping contest

Sports staff looks for redemption after disgraceful start to the season

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Saints -2.5 — 70.3%
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As far as debuts go, the Sun’s NFL handicapping contest was like a Broadway play that critics unanimously pan after opening night.

It was a disastrous beginning. Asked to make six picks on either sides or totals, the Sun sports staff posted a combined 5-13 record.

Case Keefer and Ray Brewer went 2-4, and Taylor Bern came in one game behind at 1-5. It was the most embarrassing display of NFL prognostication since New York Jets coach Rex Ryan picked his team to win the Super Bowl last season.

The Jets got off to a hot start in 2012, however, by beating the Bills 48-28. Predictably, no one in this contest had New York as three-point favorites.

In case the performance doesn’t sound bleak enough, consider two different participants selected three teams in week one. All three teams — the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers — failed to cover or win.

Three teams received identical support in week two — the New England Patriots as 13.5-point home favorites against the Arizona Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams getting three points at home against the Washington Redskins, and the New Orleans Saints as 2.5-point road favorites versus the Carolina Panthers.

But one of the three contestants also picked against the Saints.

Look below for all the Week Two picks from Keefer, Brewer and Bern. Games are listed in order of kickoff time.

 

Case Keefer

Record: 2-4

Patriots -13.5 vs. Cardinals

Panthers +2.5 vs. Saints

Texans -7 at Jaguars

Rams +3 vs. Redskins

Titans +6 at Chargers

Lions at 49ers over 46.5

 

Ray Brewer

Record: 2-4

Ravens +2.5 at Eagles

Chiefs vs. Bills over 44.5

Saints -2.5 at Panthers

Cowboys -3 at Seahawks

Rams +3 vs. Redskins

Titans vs. Chargers over 43

 

Taylor Bern

Record: 1-5

Patriots -13.5 vs. Cardinals

Vikings -1 at Colts

Saints -2.5 at Panthers

Bills -3 vs. Chiefs

Ravens vs. Eagles over 46.5

Raiders vs. Dolphins under 38.5

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

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