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Week 5 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

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Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) is pushed out of bounds by Detroit Lions defensive end Devin Taylor (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Week 5: Redskins at Saints

Which side would you take in Redskins at Saints? (Poll consensus year to date: 4-0)
Saints minus-6.5 — 58.2%
Redskins plus-6.5 — 41.8%

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

A pair of games between current division leaders highlight the NFL’s week 5 schedule.

The most compelling of the two ends it. Monday Night Football got a good draw in lading the Washington Redskins’ trip to face the New Orleans Saints as 6.5-point underdogs.

They’ve been two of the most impressive teams in the NFC early in the season. Washington started the year as the biggest long shot to win the NFC East, but has seen its odds go down to 5-to-2 from 8-to-1 after starting 2-1 straight-up and against the spread.

The NFC South was considered the most competitive division in football as little as two weeks ago, but the Saints have pulled ahead with two straight victories and covers. They now stand at minus-200 (risking $2 to win $1) to win the division, and are a 10-to-1 fourth choice to win the Super Bowl.

Although a case could be made that a pair of surprise current AFC division leaders — Miami going to Cincinnati as 6-point underdogs — is just as intriguing, Washington at New Orleans is the game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest. That means each competing sports writer is forced to use one of six weekly wagers on the contest.

Check below for all of the week 5 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: 15-9

Last Week: 4-2

Browns plus-3 vs. Ravens

Bills plus-5.5 vs. Titans

Steelers minus-3 vs. Falcons

Chargers minus-5 vs. Raiders

Seahawks plus-7.5 vs. Rams

Redskins plus-6.5 at Saints

Mike Grimala

Season:13-9-2

Last Week: 5-0-1

Ravens minus-3 at Browns

Bills plus-5.5 vs. Titans

Panthers minus-6.5 vs. Giants

Broncos pick'em vs. Jets

Packers pick'em at Lions

Saints minus-6.5 vs. Redskins

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 13-10-1

Last Week: 4-2

Chiefs minus-3 vs. Jaguars

Broncos pick’em at Jets

Lions pick’em vs. Packers

Vikings plus-3 at Eagles

49ers minus-3.5 vs. Cardinals

Redskins vs. Saints under 52.5

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

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