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Week 7 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

Saints-49ers

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws the ball Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, during the first half of an NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif.

Week 7: Saints at Ravens

Which side would you take in Saints at Ravens? (Poll consensus year to date: 6-0)
Saints plus-2.5 — 63.9%
Ravens minus-2.5 — 36.1%

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

The Baltimore Ravens have fielded the NFL’s best defense through six weeks of the season. The New Orleans Saints are certainly in the conversation for the NFL’s best offense.

The contrasting strengths clash in Baltimore at 1:05 p.m. today in the game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest. The betting market typically values a great offense more than a great defense, which appears to be the case again today.

The Ravens are a 2.5-point favorite over the Saints, a half-point below the standard minus-3 spread an evenly-matched home team would give its visitors. The over/under total is 49 points, putting it right in the middle compared with the other 14 games on the board.

New Orleans at Baltimore is a required pick in the contest that asks three competing sports writers to make six weekly picks off of the South Point betting board.

Check below for all of the week 7 selections. Games are listed in order of sports books’ rotation numbers.

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

Season: 23-13

Last Week: 3-3

Titans plus-6.5 vs. Chargers in London

Bears plus-3 vs. Patriots

Panthers plus-4.5 at Eagles

Jets plus-3.5 vs. Vikings

Ravens minus-2.5 vs. Saints

Giants plus-4 at Falcons

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 21-14-1

Last Week: 5-1

Chargers minus-6.5 vs. Titans in London

Buccaneeers minus-3.5 vs. Browns

Eagles minus-4.5 vs. Panthers

Vikings minus-3.5 at Jets

Ravens minus-2.5 vs. Saints

Giants vs. Falcons over 54 points

Mike Grimala

Season: 18-16-2

Last Week: 3-3

Patriots minus-3 at Bears

Buccaneers minus-3.5 vs. Browns

Saints plus-2.5 at Ravens

Lions minus-3 at Dolphins

Colts minus-7.5 at Bills

Chiefs minus-6 vs. Bengals

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

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