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April 23, 2019

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Week 12 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

Crosby

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Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby (2) celebrates with his teammates after kicking a game winning field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 33-30.

Week 12: Packers at Vikings

Which side would you take in Packers at Vikings? (Poll consensus year to date: 9-2)
Packers plus-3.5 — 53.0%
Vikings minus-3.5 — 47.0%

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Week 12 feels right around the time where a game can be safely labeled as a, “must-win.”

Just ask Vikings’ and Packers’ fans. The NFC North rivals face off in a desperate attempt to stay in the divisional race at 5:25 p.m. tonight on Sunday Night Football.

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. The Vikings are 3.5-point favorites on the betting line, with the over/under set at 48 points.

The loser will be at least 2.5 games behind the Chicago Bears, which improved to 8-3 with a Thanksgiving win over Detroit, in the NFC North race. The division’s standings are the most surprising in the NFL based on the preseason betting odds.

The Vikings and Packers opened as the two favorites at Even money and plus-160 (risking $1 to win $1.60), respectively at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook with the Bears all the way back at 14-to-1. Chicago is pulling away, however, as the season rounds into the final quarter, and the loser of Green Bay at Minnesota will be extremely hard-pressed to catch up.

Read below for all of the week 12 picks.

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

Season:40-26

Last Week: 4-2

Eagles minus-5 vs. Giants

Panthers minus-3 vs. Seahawks

Dolphins plus-8 at Colts

Broncos plus-3 vs. Steelers

Packers plus-3.5 at Vikings

Titans plus-6.5 at Texans

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 35-30-1

Last Week: 1-5

Jaguars minus-3 at Bills

Raiders plus-10.5 at Ravens

Bengals minus-3 vs. Browns

Steelers vs. Broncos over 46.5 points

Packers plus-3.5 at Vikings

Titans plus-6.5 at Texans

Mike Grimala

Season: 34-29-3

Last Week: 2-4

49ers plus-2.5 at Buccaneers

Bengals minus-3 vs. Browns

Patriots minus-10 at Jets

Seahawks plus-3 at Panthers

Colts minus-8 vs. Dolphins

Packers plus-3.5 at Vikings

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

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