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August 25, 2019

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Week 15 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

Dolphins beat Pats on miracle

David Santiago / Miami Herald via AP

The Miami Dolphins celebrate with running back Kenyan Drake after he scored the winning touchdown during fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 9 2018, in Miami Gardens. The Dolphins won 34-33.

The New England Patriots are in dire need of a turnaround after allowing, “the Miami Miracle,” to blow a game to the Dolphins as time expired last week.

If past history is any indication, they’re getting the perfect cure this afternoon when they travel to play the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England has beaten Pittsburgh in five straight meetings and nine of 12 times since quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger arrived with the franchises.

The games are always elevated when the two perennial powers meet, but it’s rare that they’re both entering off of disappointments. The Steelers are reeling even worse than the Patriots, having lost three straight including an embarrassing 24-21 setback to the Raiders as 11-point favorites last week.

They risk falling out of the top spot of the AFC North if the betting line proves correct as the Patriots are 2.5-point favorites over the Steelers. It’s the game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest, meaning each of the three competing sports writers must one of six weekly selections off of the South Point betting board on the matchup.

 Read below for all of their week 15 picks.

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

Season: 50-34

Last Week: 3-3

Colts minus-3 vs. Cowboys

Bills minus-2.5 vs. Lions

Packers plus-5.5 at Bears

Giants plus-1 vs. Titans

Steelers plus-2.5 vs. Patriots

Panthers plus-6 vs. Saints

Mike Grimala

Season: 41-39-4

Last Week: 4-2

Raiders plus-3 at Bengals

Cowboys plus-3 at Colts

Bills minus-2.5 vs. Lions

Bears minus-5.5 vs. Packers

Redskins plus-7.5 at Jaguars

Patriots minus-2.5 at Steelers

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 41-42-1

Last Week: 3-3

Packers plus-5.5 at Bears

Redskins plus-7.5 at Jaguars

Seahawks minus-3.5 at 49ers

Steelers plus-2.5 vs. Patriots

Eagles plus-13 at Rams

Saints vs. Panthers over 50.5 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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