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Baltimore Beatdown Picks: Week 5

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With the early portion of the season in the rear view, teams are beginning to develop into contenders, pretenders and bottom feeders. All year, the Baltimore Beatdown crew is competing to see who can choose the most matchups correctly. The strength of the crowd is clear, as Beatdown readers have moved up to second in the standings. Vote for all the Week 5 games in the polls at the bottom of this article.

Current standings:

  1. Kyle A., Kyle B., Sage and Vas
  2. Frank, Jake and readers
  3. Logan
  4. Zach
  5. Dustin

An analysis of the Baltimore Beatdown staff picks

Consensus winners

After decimating the 3-0 Dolphins last week, New England is back on track in predictable Patriots fashion. While Andrew Luck has exceeded expectations, Indianapolis is still a step behind. After defeating the Vikings in Week 3, Buffalo returned to their mediocrity, getting shut out 22-0 by the Packers in Week 4. Tennessee is on a three game win streak after defeating the Eagles in overtime. Those who doubted Miami’s hot start were validated by their definitive loss to New England. Meanwhile, Cincinnati has put up over 30 points in three of their four games.

‘Lone wolf’ picks

  • Zach predicts the Redskins will beat the Saints on Monday Night Football (NO -6.5)
  • Dustin thinks the Raiders will get their second win of the season against the Chargers (LAC -5.0)
  • Logan believes the Seahawks will spoil the Rams undefeated campaign (LAR -7.0)

With Washington fresh off their bye week and a big time win over Green Bay in Week 3, they have a chance to hand the Saints their second loss of the season. The Chargers will look to improve to 2-1 in the battle for California against an Oakland team that barely slipped past the Browns for their first victory in 2018. The Seahawks needed a late field goal to beat an Arizona team that is on the fast track to securing the number on overall pick in the 2019 draft. It is hard to envision their offensive line affording Russell Wilson the protection he will need to win a shoot out against Jared Goff and company.

New and improved Browns?

On paper, Cleveland is 1-2-1, but psychologically the Browns are miles away from their 2017 squad. Cleveland has forced overtime in two of their four games and trailed by just three points in both of their losses. Cleveland’s progress is reflected in the point spread for Sunday’s game. In Week 2 of 2017, the Ravens were 7.5 point favorites, defeating the Browns 24-10 at home. In Week 15, Baltimore was favored by 6.5 points on the road, this time winning 27-10. With Baltimore favored at -3.0 for Sunday, the margin is much slimmer compared to last season, and two Baltimore Beatdown contributors predict the Browns to derail the Ravens winning streak.

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

NFL Week 5 Picks

Games Kyle A. Kyle B. Sage Vas Frank Jake Logan Zach Dustin BB Readers
Games Kyle A. Kyle B. Sage Vas Frank Jake Logan Zach Dustin BB Readers
Colts at Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Vote
Titans at Bills Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Vote
Falcons at Steelers Falcons Falcons Falcons Steelers Falcons Falcons Steelers Falcons Steelers Vote
Broncos at Jets Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Jets Broncos Jets Broncos Broncos Vote
Jaguars at Chiefs Jaguars Jaguars Chiefs Jaguars Chiefs Chiefs Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Vote
Packers at Lions Lions Lions Packers Packers Packers Lions Packers Lions Packers Vote
Ravens at Browns Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Browns Browns Ravens Vote
Giants at Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Giants Panthers Giants Vote
Dolphins at Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Vote
Raiders at Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Raiders Vote
Cardinals at 49ers Cardinals 49ers 49ers 49ers Cardinals 49ers 49ers Cardinals Cardinals Vote
Vikings at Eagles Eagles Vikings Vikings Eagles Eagles Eagles Vikings Eagles Vikings Vote
Rams at Seahawks Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Seahawks Rams Rams Vote
Cowboys at Texans Texans Texans Cowboys Texans Texans Texans Cowboys Texans Texans Vote
Redskins at Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Redskins Saints Vote
Week 4 Record 10-5 10-5 13-2 10-5 10-5 10-5 10-5 9-6 8-7 10-5
Season Record 36-25 36-25 36-25 36-25 35-26 35-26 34-27 31-30 30-31 35-26

Vote for the winner for every Week 5 game in the polls below!

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Colts or Patriots?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Colts
    (7 votes)
  • 93%
    Patriots
    (101 votes)
108 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Ravens or Browns?

This poll is closed

  • 89%
    Ravens
    (324 votes)
  • 10%
    Browns
    (39 votes)
363 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Titans or Bills?

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Titans
    (241 votes)
  • 8%
    Bills
    (23 votes)
264 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Falcons or Steelers?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Falcons
    (203 votes)
  • 30%
    Steelers
    (88 votes)
291 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Broncos or Jets?

This poll is closed

  • 82%
    Broncos
    (214 votes)
  • 17%
    Jets
    (44 votes)
258 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Jaguars or Chiefs?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Jaguars
    (115 votes)
  • 55%
    Chiefs
    (143 votes)
258 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Packers or Lions?

This poll is closed

  • 77%
    Packers
    (196 votes)
  • 22%
    Lions
    (58 votes)
254 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Giants or Panthers?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Giants
    (20 votes)
  • 92%
    Panthers
    (230 votes)
250 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Dolphins or Bengals?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Dolphins
    (92 votes)
  • 65%
    Bengals
    (174 votes)
266 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Raiders or Chargers?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Raiders
    (35 votes)
  • 85%
    Chargers
    (209 votes)
244 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Cardinals or 49ers?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Cardinals
    (106 votes)
  • 55%
    49ers
    (134 votes)
240 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Vikings or Eagles?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Vikings
    (99 votes)
  • 59%
    Eagles
    (143 votes)
242 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Rams or Seahawks?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Rams
    (212 votes)
  • 11%
    Seahawks
    (27 votes)
239 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Cowboys or Texans?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Cowboys
    (83 votes)
  • 64%
    Texans
    (152 votes)
235 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 5: Redskins or Saints?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Redskins
    (51 votes)
  • 78%
    Saints
    (191 votes)
242 votes total Vote Now