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Baltimore Beatdown Picks: Week 8

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With division races heating up, teams must rapidly make adjustments and improve in order to remain positioned for the postseason. The Baltimore Beatdown standings continue to fluctuate, proving that it is hard to pinpoint what teams will find success from week-to-week. Readers are moving up the board once again and can continue to vote for all games in the polls at the end of this article.

Current standings:

  1. Frank and Kyle A. (67-38)
  2. Sage and readers (63-42)
  3. Jake (62-43)
  4. Kyle B., Vas and Zach (61-44)
  5. Dustin (60-45)
  6. Logan (59-46)

An analysis of the Baltimore Beatdown staff picks

Consensus winners

Houston is on a four game win streak and currently leads the AFC South. Miami’s early success has come to a halt, and DeVante Parker’s agent is calling out head coach Adam Gase in the media. On a short week, the Texans appear poised to continue their winning ways.

With Kansas City and the Chargers rolling, the Broncos are a distant 3-4 in the AFC West. Despite a close finish in their first matchup, Denver simply cannot win a shoot out with Patrick Mahomes.

Cleveland will be worn down from another overtime loss, this time to Tampa Bay in Week 7. The Steelers know Cincinnati and Baltimore are breathing down their neck in the AFC North race and will approach the divisional game with intensity.

The Raiders are stock piling for the 2019 draft, most recently sending Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round pick. Gruden has seemingly given up on his first year back with Raiders, leaving nothing but opportunity for the Colts on the road.

Succinctly put, this is a ‘Sharpie’ game for New England on Monday Night Football. Buffalo is a mess, most recently getting blown out by Indianapolis 37-5.

‘Lone wolf’ picks

  • Frank is the only writer to predict the Jets to beat the Bears (CHI -7.5)
  • Vas is alone in thinking the Giants will defeat the Redskins (WSH -1.0)
  • Zach goes against the majority in selecting the Buccaneers to take down the Bengals (CIN -4.5)
  • Logan is solo in taking the Jaguars over the Eagles (PHI -3.0)

Chicago fought to the bitter end against the Patriots in Week 7, and their 12th ranked defense should be able to overwhelm rookie quarterback Sam Darnold on the road. The Giants may have closed the gap against a less than stellar Falcons team last week, but the majority of Beatdown predicts Washington to extend their lead in the NFC East. Tampa Bay barely got past Cleveland, and while the Bengals have dropped two straight, the Chiefs and the Steelers are contenders in the AFC. Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville offense have derailed the Jaguars defensive prowess. While the championship hangover has not escaped Philly, Carson Wentz still has a 108.1 passer rating this season compared to Bortles’ 80.3.

No rest for the heartbroken

After a tough, one-point loss to the Saints in Week 7, the Ravens travel to Carolina this week. The Panthers are undefeated at home thus far and are currently chasing New Orleans in the NFC South. This Sunday, Newton will be coming off limited practice participation due to a right shoulder injury to face one of the best defenses in the league. It is worth noting that Cam Newton and company defeated the Bengals 31-21 in Week 3. The line (BAL -2.0) favors the Ravens; however, five of nine writers pick Baltimore’s away record to fall to 2-3 on the season.

All writers’ picks can be found in the table below.

NFL Week 8 Picks

Games Frank Kyle A. Sage Jake Kyle B. Vasilis Zach Dustin Logan BB Readers
Games Frank Kyle A. Sage Jake Kyle B. Vasilis Zach Dustin Logan BB Readers
Dolphins at Texans Texans Texans Texans Texans Texans Texans Texans Texans Texans Vote
Ravens at Panthers Ravens Panthers Panthers Panthers Ravens Ravens Panthers Ravens Panthers Vote
Eagles at Jaguars Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Jaguars Vote
Broncos at Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Vote
Browns at Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Vote
Redskins at Giants Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Giants Redskins Redskins Redskins Vote
Seahawks at Lions Seahawks Lions Seahawks Lions Lions Seahawks Lions Lions Lions Vote
Buccaneers at Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Buccaneers Bengals Bengals Vote
Jets at Bears Jets Bears Bears Bears Bears Bears Bears Bears Bears Vote
Colts at Raiders Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Vote
49ers at Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals 49ers 49ers 49ers Cardinals Cardinals 49ers 49ers Vote
Packers at Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Packers Rams Packers Vote
Saints at Vikings Saints Saints Saints Vikings Vikings Saints Saints Vikings Vikings Vote
Patriots at Bills Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Vote
Week 7 Record 11-3 13-1 8-6 11-3 8-6 9-5 11-3 11-3 9-5 10-4
Season Record 67-38 67-38 63-42 62-43 61-44 61-44 61-44 60-45 59-46 63-42

Vote below for every Week 8 matchup!

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Dolphins or Texans?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Dolphins
    (9 votes)
  • 83%
    Texans
    (46 votes)
55 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Ravens or Panthers?

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    Ravens
    (145 votes)
  • 36%
    Panthers
    (84 votes)
229 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Eagles or Jaguars?

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    Eagles
    (116 votes)
  • 21%
    Jaguars
    (32 votes)
148 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Broncos or Chiefs?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Broncos
    (10 votes)
  • 93%
    Chiefs
    (133 votes)
143 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Browns or Steelers?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Browns
    (41 votes)
  • 71%
    Steelers
    (105 votes)
146 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Redskins or Giants?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Redskins
    (120 votes)
  • 13%
    Giants
    (19 votes)
139 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8; Seahawks or Lions?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Seahawks
    (57 votes)
  • 59%
    Lions
    (84 votes)
141 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Buccaneers or Bengals?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Buccaneers
    (38 votes)
  • 73%
    Bengals
    (106 votes)
144 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Jets or Bears?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Jets
    (9 votes)
  • 93%
    Bears
    (127 votes)
136 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Colts or Raiders?

This poll is closed

  • 90%
    Colts
    (124 votes)
  • 9%
    Raiders
    (13 votes)
137 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: 49ers or Cardinals?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    49ers
    (84 votes)
  • 37%
    Cardinals
    (51 votes)
135 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Packers or Rams?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Packers
    (34 votes)
  • 75%
    Rams
    (102 votes)
136 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Saints or Vikings?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Saints
    (81 votes)
  • 41%
    Vikings
    (58 votes)
139 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 8: Patriots or Bills?

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Patriots
    (121 votes)
  • 8%
    Bills
    (11 votes)
132 votes total Vote Now