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Week 13 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

Sept. 20, 2015: NFL Games

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San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, center, directs teammates before a play in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Cincinnati.

Week 13: Chargers at Steelers

Which side would you take in Chargers at Steelers? (Poll consensus year to date: 9-3)

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If the playoffs started today, the Pittsburgh Steelers would host the Los Angeles Chargers in one of the AFC wild-card round games.

They don’t, but the two sides are playing anyway. A Sunday Night Football affair between the Chargers and Steelers highlights the week 13 schedule, making it the Sun handicapping contest’s game of the week.

That means each of the three competing sports writers must make one of six weekly wagers off of the South Point betting board on the contest.

The Steelers are currently 3.5-point favorites — with the over/under set at 52 points — to show how closely contested the two sides appear. Los Angeles comes into the game 8-3 straight-up, 6-5 against the spread with a plus-88 point differential, while Pittsburgh sits at 7-3-1 straight-up, 6-4 against the spread with a plus-67 point differential.

Both are led by 36-year-old quarterbacks likely bound for the Hall of Fame. The Chargers’ Philip Rivers is having an exceptional year, setting behind only MVP favorites Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes in passer rating. The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger isn’t having one of his better seasons but that’s only because of how high he’s set the bar; he’s still second in the NFL with 3,664 total passing yards.

Which one prevails tonight?

Read below for all of the contest picks.

Case Keefer (2012, 2014, 2015 champion, 2013 and 2017 co-champion)

Season:42-30

Last Week: 2-4

Jaguars plus-4 vs. Colts

Chargers plus-3.5 at Steelers

Browns plus-6 at Texans

Broncos minus-5 at Bengals

Cardinals plus-14 at Packers

Jets plus-8 at Titans

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 35-36-1

Last Week: 0-6

Chargers vs. Steelers over 52 points

Texans minus-6 vs. Browns

Bears minus-3 at Giants

Lions plus-10 vs. Rams

Vikings plus-5 at Patriots

Seahawks minus-10 vs. 49ers

Mike Grimala

Season: 36-33-3

Last Week: 2-4

Chargers plus-3.5 at Steelers

Falcons minus-1.5 vs. Ravens

Bills plus-4 at Dolphins

Bears minus-3 at Giants

Bengals plus-5 vs. Broncos

Chiefs minus-14 at Raiders

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

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