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Chase for the Golden Nerf:

Celebrity/Media NFL Picks Week 15: Freeman still leads, but is that an Osmond giving chase?

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Flamingo Las Vegas Regional President Eileen Moore, right, Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond unveil the signage for the newly renamed Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.

Last weekend was one of the most memorable in NFL history, for several reasons.

For starters, it marked the first time in league history 100-plus touchdowns were scored in a single weekend.

Adding to the excitement were the wild weather conditions that affected many of the games. The field for the Lions-Eagles matchup looked better suited for a giant slalom than a football game. The snowfall was so intense and continuous that the teams went for two points after every touchdown but one because neither thought they could convert an extra point by kicking. (They were right — the one attempted kick was blocked.)

Finally, there were frenzied finishes in several games. Five touchdowns were scored in the final two-plus minutes of the Ravens-Vikings game, which had a record six fourth-quarter lead changes. The Patriots scored twice in the final two minutes to edge Cleveland. The Steelers nearly pulled off a lateral-filled final play for what would have been the game-winning TD against Miami.

With three weeks remaining, the Chase for the Golden Nerf is also set for another frenzied finish. Andrew Freeman of "Raiding the Rock Vault" leads with a 25-17 mark against the spread, but seven competitors in the field of 16 local celebs and media personalities are within striking distance, including defending champ Donny Osmond. The Flamingo headliner is riding an 8-3-1 run over the past four weeks to climb from eighth place into fourth, three games behind the pace-setter.



Sal DeFilippo’s picks (19-22-1):

Patriots -2½ at Dolphins

Seahawks -7 at Giants

Ravens +6 at Lions

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The media/celebrity picks:

Andrew Freeman, "Raiding the Rock Vault" performer at LVH (25-17)

Patriots -2½ at Dolphins

Seahawks -7 at Giants

Eagles -5½ at Vikings

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Terry Fator, Mirage headliner (23-18-1)

Saints -5½ at Rams

Patriots-Dolphins over 45½

Eagles -5½ at Vikings

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Marc Savard, comedy hypnotist at Planet Hollywood (21-17-4)

Jaguars +2 vs. Bills

Chiefs -4 at Raiders

Ravens +6 at Lions

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Donny Osmond, Flamingo headliner (21-19-2)

Saints -5½ at Rams

Dolphins +2½ vs. Patriots

Steelers +3 vs. Bengals

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Wayne Newton, "Mr. Las Vegas" (21-21)

Cardinals -3 at Titans

Patriots -2½ at Dolphins

Redskins +6 at Falcons

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Carolyn Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas (20-21-1)

49ers -5½ at Buccaneers

Seahawks -7 at Giants

Bengals -3 at Steelers

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John Katsilometes, The Kats Report (20-21-1)

Seahawks -7 at Giants

Lions -6 vs. Ravens

Jaguars +2 vs. Bills

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Carla Pellegrino, celebrity chef and owner of Bratalian (20-21-1)

49ers -5½ at Buccaneers

Seahawks -7 at Giants

Chiefs -4 at Raiders

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Frankie Moreno, Stratosphere headliner (18-22-2)

Chiefs -4 at Raiders

Panthers -11 vs. Jets

Colts -6 vs. Texans

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Mark & Mercedes in the Morning, Mix 94.1 (17-21-4)

Colts -6 vs. Texans

Lions -6 vs. Ravens

Patriots -2½ at Dolphins

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Claire Sinclair, star of "Pin Up" at Stratosphere (16-24-2)

Saints -5½ at Rams

Jaguars +2 vs. Bills

Dolphins +2½ vs. Patriots

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Jason Feinberg, KVVU-TV morning personality (16-25-1)

Seahawks -7 at Giants

Panthers -11 vs. Jets

Chiefs-Raiders over 41

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Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas ambassador (16-25-1)

Falcons -6 vs. Redskins

Colts -6 vs. Texans

Patriots -2½ at Dolphins

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Dana White, UFC president (16-26)

Saints -5½ at Rams

Seahawks -7 at Giants

Panthers -11 vs. Jets

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Kevin Janison, KSNV meteorologist (15-26-1)

Saints-Rams over 47½

Browns-Bears over 43½

Patriots-Dolphins under 45½

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Carrot Top, Luxor headliner (13-27-2)

Cardinals -3 at Titans

Patriots -2½ at Dolphins

Colts -6 vs. Texans

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