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Week 15 NFL picks against the spread for the Sun’s handicapping contest

NFL Games 11/6/16

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) prepares to hand off the ball to running back Le’Veon Bell in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Week 15: Patriots at Steelers

Game of the Week: Patriots minus-3 at Steelers (Poll consensus year to date: 7-7)
Patriots minus-3 — 50.4%
Steelers plus-3 — 49.6%

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There’s a long-running debate in handicapping circles about how meaningful previous games between two teams matter when prognosticating an upcoming matchup.

It will come to a head once again this afternoon when the Steelers host the Patriots as 3-point underdogs in a game that will give one side the inside track to securing home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs.

Despite both teams having hovered near the top of the league over the last decade, New England has dominated Pittsburgh including five straight victories. Does that portend things to come tonight at Heinz Field or will the Steelers snap the streak in an all-important game?

It’s the game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest, meaning each of the three sports writers must one of six weekly selections off of the South Point betting board on New England at Pittsburgh.

Read below to find everyone’s best bets for week 15.

Jesse Granger

Season: 48-33-3

Last Week: 4-2

Giants plus-7.5 vs. Eagles

Panthers minus-3 vs. Packers

Jets vs. Saints over 47.5 points

Seahawks minus-1 vs. Rams

Steelers plus-3 vs. Patriots

Titans plus-2 at 49ers

Case Keefer (2012, 2014, 2015 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 47-34-3

Last Week: 5-1

Panthers minus-3 vs. Packers

Bengals plus-11 at Vikings

Texans plus-11 at Jaguars

Rams plus-1 at Seahawks

Steelers plus-3 vs. Patriots

Titans plus-2 at 49ers

Mike Grimala

Season: 47-36-1

Last Week: 5-1

Eagles minus-7.5 at Giants

Packers plus-3 at Panthers

Texans plus-11 at Jaguars

Saints minus-16 vs. Jets

Ravens minus-7 at Browns

Patriots minus-3 at Steelers

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 34-49-1

Last Week: 3-3

Texans plus-11 at Jaguars

Jets plus-16 at Saints

Seahawks minus-1 vs. Rams

Steelers plus-3 vs. Patriots

Buccaneers plus-6 at Falcons

Falcons at Buccaneers over 49 points

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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