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Week 5 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

Pete Carroll

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In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with quarterback Russell Wilson in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn.

Week 5: Seahawks at Rams

Game of the Week: Seahawks plus-1.5 at Rams (Poll consensus year to date: 3-1)
Seahawks plus-1.5 — 50.8%
Rams minus-1.5 — 49.2%

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Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The Seahawks opened as the second-biggest favorite to win their division in the NFL, behind only the Patriots, at the beginning of the season.

Seattle was minus-400 (risking $1 to win $4) to win the NFC West for the fourth time in five years, but it risks not being favored at all with another loss this week. That would put the Seahawks in a two-game hole to the upstart Los Angeles Rams, which currently lead the division behind a 3-1 start. Los Angeles lays 1.5 points in a home game against Seattle this afternoon, which marks the first time in six years the Rams have been favored in the series.

It’s the game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest, making it a required bet in the competition that requires each sports writer to pick six plays off of the South Point betting board.

Find all of the staff’s week 5 picks below.

Jesse Granger

Season: 13-8-3

Last Week: 4-2

49ers plus-1.5 at Colts

Eagles minus-6.5 vs. Cardinals

Lions minus-2.5 vs. Panthers

Seahawks vs. Rams under 47.5 points

Packers plus-3 vs. Cowboys

Texans pick’em vs. Chiefs

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

Season: 13-10-1

Last Week: 2-4

Bengals minus-3 vs. Bills

Cardinals plus-6.5 at Eagles

Panthers plus-2.5 at Lions

Rams minus-1.5 vs. Seahawks

Cowboys minus-3 vs. Packers

Vikings minus-3 at Bears

Mike Grimala

Season: 12-12

Last Week: 4-2

Bills plus-3 at Bengals

Jaguars plus-8 at Steelers

Cardinals plus-6.5 at Eagles

Lions minus-2.5 vs. Panthers

Seahawks plus-1.5 at Rams

Packers plus-3 at Cowboys

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 9-15

Last Week: 3-3

Jaguars vs. Steelers over 42.5

Colts minus-1.5 vs. 49ers

Cardinals plus-6.5 at Eagles

Lions minus-2.5 vs. Panthers

Rams minus-1.5 vs. Seahawks

Chiefs pick’em at Texans

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

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