Week 9 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest


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This is an Aug. 3, 2017, file photo showing Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on the field prior to the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game in Canton, Ohio. The NFL says Commissioner Roger Goodell was aware of one of his lead investigator’s view that Ezekiel Elliott shouldn’t be disciplined before the Dallas running back was suspended for six games in a domestic violence case. League spokesman Brian McCarthy on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, disputed a key claim in a lawsuit filed by the players’ union on behalf of Elliott seeking to vacate an upcoming ruling on an appeal.

Sun, Nov 5, 2017 (2 a.m.)

Week 9: Chiefs at Cowboys

Game of the Week: Chiefs minus-1 at Cowboys (Poll consensus year to date: 5-3)

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The betting line on the Dallas Cowboys’ week 9 home game against the Kansas City Chiefs has shifted as much as star running back Ezekiel Elliot’s eligibility status.

Elliott is slated to play after winning the latest in a series of appeals to his pending six-game suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident, and he’ll take the field with his team favored. It wasn’t always that way.

When it seemed like Elliott had exhausted his options to evade the suspension, the Chiefs moved to a 1-point favorite after the game opened as a pick’em. The four sports writers in the Sun’s handicapping competition are tasked with making sense of all the movement, as Kansas City at Dallas is the game of the week.

That means everyone is required to pick the game as part of its six weekly wagers off of the South Point betting board.

Find everyone’s week 9 bets below.

Jesse Granger

Season: 27-18-3

Last Week: 2-4

Bengals plus-5.5 at Jaguars

Panthers plus-2 vs. Falcons

Titans minus-3.5 vs. Ravens

Redskins plus-7 at Seahawks

Chiefs vs. Cowboys under 54 points

Lions minus-2 at Packers

Mike Grimala

Season: 25-23

Last Week: 5-1

Saints minus-7 vs. Buccaneers

Panthers plus-2 vs. Falcons

Colts plus-7 at Texans

49ers plus-2.5 vs. Cardinals

Seahawks minus-7 vs. Redskins

Chiefs plus-2.5 at Cowboys

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

Season: 22-24-2

Last Week: 1-5

Broncos plus-7 at Eagles

Giants plus-3.5 vs. Rams

Jaguars minus-5.5 vs. Bengals

Panthers plus-2 vs. Falcons

Cowboys minus-2.5 vs. Chiefs

Raiders minus-3 at Dolphins

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 21-26-1

Last Week: 4-2

Buccaneers plus-7 at Saints

Bengals plus-5.5 at Jaguars

Titans minus-3.5 vs. Ravens

Cardinals minus-2.5 at 49ers

Chiefs vs. Cowboys over 54 points

Packers plus-2 vs. Lions

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

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