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Week 7 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

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New England Patriots’ James White (28) dives to the end zone against Atlanta Falcons’ Jalen Collins for a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Week 7: Falcons at Patriots

Game of the Week: Falcons plus-3.5 at Patriots (Poll consensus year to date: 4-2)
Patriots minus-3.5 — 52.3%
Falcons plus-3.5 — 47.7%

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

Bookmakers may have taken the idea of a Super Bowl rematch too seriously.

The line on tonight’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons is identical to what it was in the teams’ championship clash in February in Houston. The Patriots once again sit as a 3-point favorite in their first meeting against the Falcons since they erased a 25-point second-half deficit to win the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl with a 34-28 overtime victory.

The total is the only thing on the betting board that looks any different, and only barely. The over/under on this go-around’s Falcons versus Patriots is 56.5 points, down a point from where it closed in February.

It’s the game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest, meaning each sports writer had to use one of six weekly wagers off of the South Point betting board on Falcons at Patriots.

Check below to see where they lined up, along with their other week 7 picks.

Jesse Granger

Season: 20-13-3

Steelers minus-5.5 vs. Bengals

Buccaneers vs. Bills over 45 points

Saints minus-4 at Packers

Broncos pick'em at Chargers

Patriots minus-3 vs. Falcons

Eagles minus-4.5 vs. Redskins

Last Week: 4-2

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

Season: 19-15-2

Last Week: 4-2

Ravens plus-5 at Vikings

Packers plus-4.5 vs. Saints

Rams minus-3 vs. Cardinals in London

49ers plus-6 vs. Cowboys

Patriots minus-3 vs. Falcons

Redskins plus-4.5 at Eagles

Mike Grimala

Season: 17-19

Last Week: 2-4

Titans minus-6 at Browns

Jaguars minus-3 at Colts

Panthers minus-3 at Bears

Saints minus-4 at Packers

Seahawks minus-4 at Giants

Falcons plus-3 at Patriots

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 15-21

Last Week: 4-2

Browns plus-6 vs. Titans

Dolphins minus-3 vs. Jets

Panthers minus-3 at Bears

Giants plus-4 vs. Seahawks

Falcons vs. Patriots under 56 points

Redskins plus-4.5 at Eagles

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

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