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Week 17 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

NFL Games 1/2/17

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, right, scores a touchdown on a 2-yard run ahead of Houston Texans safety Denzel Rice, left, in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Week 17: Colts at Titans

Which side would you take in Colts at Titans? (Poll consensus year to date: 10-4)
Colts minus-3.5 — 75.6%
Titans plus-3.5 — 24.4%

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

A win-and-in, glorified playoff game has consistently ended the NFL regular season in recent years, with NBC flexing a high-stakes divisional showdown into its final Sunday Night Football slot.

The network has pulled it off again this year. The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans play for the right to advance to next week’s playoffs at 5:25 p.m. tonight, with the former favored by 3.5 points on the road in the Sun handicapping contest’s game of the week.

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

As long as there’s not a tie in the AFC South showdown, one team will defy the odds by reaching the postseason. Neither the Titans nor the Colts were favored to do so at the beginning of the year.

The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook offered Indianapolis at plus-240 (risking $1 to win $2.40) to reach the playoffs before the season kicked off, while Tennessee was plus-150. As long as they don’t tie, the victor in the game is guaranteed at least a wild-card slot.

The Titans or Colts could also win the AFC South if the Texans are upset by the Jaguars earlier in the day. Few would have guessed it before the season, but the AFC South is where biggest action of week 17 lives.

Check below for picks in the handicapping contest. Games are listed in order of their sports book rotation number.  

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

Season: 56-39-1

Last Week: 3-2-1

Giants plus-6 vs. Cowboys

Dolphins plus-5 at Bills

Jaguars plus-7 at Texans

Titans plus-3.5 vs. Colts

Vikings minus-5 vs. Bears

Rams minus-10 vs. 49ers

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 47-47-2

Last Week: 3-2-1

Jets plus-13.5 at Patriots

Titans plus-3.5 vs. Colts

Texans minus-7 vs. Jaguars

Browns plus-6 at Ravens

Vikings minus-5 vs. Bears

Cardinals vs. Seahawks under 38.5 points

Mike Grimala

Season: 45-46-5

Last Week: 2-3-1

Giants minus-6 vs. Cowboys

Jets plus-13.5 at Patriots

Ravens minus-6 vs. Browns

Texans minus-7 vs. Jaguars

Colts vs. Titans over 44.5 points

Bengals plus-14.5 at Steelers

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

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