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August 19, 2019

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Week 8 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest


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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right, is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.

Week 8: Packers at Rams

Which side would you take in Packers at Rams? (Poll consensus year to date: 7-0)
Packers plus-9.5 — 62.2%
Rams minus-9.5 — 37.8%

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With the Los Angeles Rams slaughtering the NFL as the league’s lone unbeaten team and leader in point differential through seven weeks, bookmakers have wondered what it would take for gamblers to bet against them.

They’re getting their answer in week 8. It’s Aaron Rodgers.

Or, at least, Aaron Rodgers getting career-high amount of points on the betting line. The veteran quarterback leads the Green Bay Packers against the Rams in a 1:25 p.m. game this afternoon at the  Los Angeles Coliseum as 9-point underdogs, and most bettors aren’t hesitating to take the big number.   

Midweek reports indicated as much as three out of every four tickets were coming in on Green Bay, which sits at 3-2-1 straight-up on the year coming out of a bye week. Green Bay at Los Angeles is the game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest, meaning the three competing sports writers are required to use one of six wagers off the South Point betting board on the contest.

Check below to find all of their week 8 picks. Games are listed in order of sports books’ rotation numbers.

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

Season: 26-16

Last Week: 3-3

Browns plus-8.5 at Steelers

Broncos plus-9.5 at Chiefs

Seahawks plus-3 at Lions

Raiders plus-3 vs. Colts

49ers minus-1.5 at Cardinals

Packers at Rams under 57.5 points

Mike Grimala

Season: 23-17-2

Last Week: 5-1

Chiefs minus-9.5 vs. Broncos

Redskins minus-1 at Giants

Ravens minus-3 at Panthers

Seahawks plus-3 at Lions

Colts minus-3 at Raiders

Rams minus-9 vs. Packers

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 22-19-1

Last Week: 1-5

Eagles minus-4 vs. Jaguars in London

Chiefs minus-9.5 vs. Broncos

Giants plus-1 vs. Redskins

Panthers plus-3 vs. Ravens

Packers plus-9 at Rams

Vikings plus-1 vs. Saints

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

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