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Week 16 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

Russell Wilson

AP Photo / Elaine Thompson

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Seattle.

Week 16: Chiefs at Seahawks

Which side would you take in Chiefs at Seahawks? (Poll consensus year to date: 10-3)
Chiefs minus-2.5 — 54.8%
Seahawks plus-2.5 — 45.2%

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

There’s not a single game on this week’s slate of NFL games between teams that have already clinched playoff spots.

Sunday Night Football, where the Seattle Seahawks host the Kansas City Chiefs, is the closest. The Chiefs secured their spot in the postseason two weeks ago, while the Seahawks are almost surely going to claim one of the two NFC wild-card slots.

Football Outsiders calculates Seattle’s playoff odds at 96 percent. That could drop if they lose to the Chiefs, though, and make next week’s contest with the Cardinals a must-win.

The odds are slightly against them, with Kansas City sitting as a 2-point favorite in Week 16’s game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest. That means each of the three competing sports writers must use one of six weekly picks off of the South Point betting board on the game.

Read below for all of the Week 16 picks.

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

Season: 53-37

Last Week: 3-3

Patriots minus-12.5 vs. Bills

Jaguars plus-4.5 at Dolphins

Eagles minus-2 vs. Texans

Bengals plus-8.5 at Browns

Chiefs at Seahawks over 53.5 points

Saints minus-5.5 vs. Steelers

Mike Grimala

Season: 43-43-4

Last Week: 2-4

Buccaneers plus-7 at Cowboys

Patriots minus-12.5 vs. Bills

Colts minus-9.5 vs. Giants

Eagles minus-2 vs. Texans

Seahawks plus-2.5 vs. Chiefs

Cardinals plus-14 vs. Rams

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 44-45-1

Last Week: 3-3

Eagles minus-2 vs. Texans

Vikings minus-5.5 at Lions

49ers plus-4 vs. Bears

Steelers plus-5.5 at Saints

Seahawks plus-2.5 vs. Chiefs

Broncos minus-2.5 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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