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Week 3 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) leaps over Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks (33) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/

Week 3: Falcons at Lions

Game of the Week: Falcons minus-3 at Lions (Poll consensus year to date: 1-1)
Falcons minus-3 — 54.3%
Lions plus-3 — 45.7%

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

Seven of the eight NFL teams to start the season 2-0 were no big surprise by the betting odds.

The Detroit Lions are the exception. The Lions are the only undefeated team to pull off consecutive upsets in the first two weeks — beating the Cardinals 35-23 and the Giants 24-10 as 3-point underdogs in both spots.

They’ll have to overcome another field-goal handicap today when they host the reigning NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons in a 10:05 a.m. kickoff. It’s the only game between a pair of 2-0 teams on the week 4 schedule, and therefore, the game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest.

The four competing sports writers were required to make one bet on Atlanta at Detroit along with five other NFL plays of their choice off of the South Point betting board.

Check out picks in the Sun’s handicapping contest below.

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

Season: 8-3-1

Last Week: 3-3

Bills plus-3 vs. Broncos

Panthers minus-5 vs. Saints

Falcons vs. Lions under 50.5 points

Chargers plus-3 vs. Chiefs

Bengals plus-7.5 vs. Packers

Redskins plus-3 vs. Raiders

Mike Grimala

Season: 7-5

Last Week: 4-2

Dolphins minus-6 at Jets

Broncos minus-3 at Bills

Lions plus-3 vs. Falcons

Seahawks plus-2.5 at Titans

Chiefs minus-3 at Chargers

Packers minus-7.5 vs. Bengals

Jesse Granger

Season: 5-4-3

Last Week: 3-2-1

Steelers minus-7 at Bears

Texans vs. Patriots over 44 points

Falcons minus-3 at Lions

Seahawks plus-2.5 at Titans

Redskins plus-3 vs. Raiders

Cowboys minus-3 vs. Cardinals

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 3-9

Last Week: 2-4

Ravens minus-3 vs. Jaguars in London

Bills plus-3 vs. Broncos

Giants plus-6 at Eagles

Lions plus-3 vs. Falcons

Redskins plus-3 vs. Raiders

Cardinals plus-3 vs. Cowboys

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

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