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August 19, 2019

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Week 9 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.

The afternoon to evening slate of week 9 might be the most compelling set of games the NFL schedule has offered this season.

And while most of the anticipation surrounds a matchup between NFC favorites in New Orleans and the Los Angeles Rams, and a battle of all-time great quarterbacks in New England versus Green Bay, there’s another matchup just as important. Seattle and the Los Angeles Chargers are both current playoff teams, and look to strengthen their wild-card positions in a 1:05 p.m. kickoff from the Pacific Northwest.

The point spread is a pick’em at many Las Vegas sports books in a pairing between two streaking teams. The Seahawks have won two straight, covering in three consecutive, while the Chargers have strung together four victories.

It’s the game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest, meaning each competing sports writer must use one of six wagers off of the South Point betting board on the matchup.

Check below for all of their picks. Games are listed in order of their rotation numbers at sports books.

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

Season: 29-19

Last Week: 3-3

Ravens minus-2 vs. Steelers

Falcons plus-2.5 at Redskins

Broncos minus-1.5 vs. Texans

Chargers plus-1 at Seahawks

Rams minus-1.5 at Saints

Patriots minus-5.5 vs. Packers

Mike Grimala

Season: 26-20-2

Last Week: 3-3

Ravens minus-2 vs. Steelers

Dolphins minus-3 vs. Jets

Bears minus-10 at Bills

Seahawks minus-1 vs. Chargers

Saints plus-1.5 vs. Rams

Patriots minus-5.5 vs. Packers

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 25-22-1

Last Week: 3-3

Steelers plus-2 at Ravens

Panthers minus-6.5 vs. Buccaneers

Falcons plus-2 at Redskins

Bills plus-10 vs. Bears

Rams vs. Saints under 57.5

Seahawks minus-1 vs. Chargers

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

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