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Baltimore Beatdown Picks: Week 17

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The final week of the regular season is pivotal for several teams, including the Ravens. Baltimore will have to beat the Cleveland Browns who are on a three-game winning streak to secure the AFC North title. Baltimore Beatdown readers enter Week 17 with the lead, so vote in the polls at the end of this article to keep the number one spot!

Current standings:

  1. Readers (152-86)
  2. Kyle A. (150-88
  3. Frank and Vas (148-90)
  4. Jake, Sage and Logan (144-94)
  5. Kyle B. (141-97)
  6. Zach and Dustin (136-102)

An analysis of the Baltimore Beatdown staff picks

The drought is over?

Baltimore has been no stranger to Week 17 heartbreak, most recently against the Bengals last season. Still, seven out of nine writers believe this year will be different (BAL -5.5). With the defense playing at a league-leading level and Lamar Jackson’s unconventional offense causing problems in a pass heavy NFL, the Ravens could make legitimate noise in the postseason if they can get past Baker Mayfield and the Browns.

Consensus winners

The Patriots look to secure a playoff bye with a win over the Jets (NE -13.5)

Despite the dramatics in New England, the Patriots are still on track to lock in a playoff bye. While there have certainly been ugly losses in 2018, the AFC East remains under the thumb of Bill Belichick.

The Saints extend their win streak against the Panthers (NO -7.0)

Carolina has the longest losing streak in the NFL, while the Saints have risen to the top of the NFC. With the teams traveling in opposite directions, New Orleans will look to rest its stars and still enter the postseason with positive momentum.

The Eagles keep their playoff hopes alive by defeating the Redskins (PHI -7.0)

Nick Foles continues to play the hero in Philadelphia, keeping the Eagles in contention for the final wild card spot. Matched up against a Washington team that has been sunk since Alex Smith’s injury, the stage is set for an easy victory.

The Chiefs ease into the postseason with a win over the Raiders (KC -14.0)

Despite losing in Seattle, Kansas City is still one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. The Chiefs defense could be their down fall, but will get a favorable matchup against Oakland in the regular season finale.

The Steelers stay in the hunt by beating the Bengals (PIT -14.5)

Pittsburgh seemed to be trending in the right direction when they finally defeated Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 15. However, Week 16 left the Steelers on the outside looking in, forced to rely on the Browns to break into the playoffs. Still, the Bengals are simply too decimated to put up a real fight.

The Chargers get back on track against the Broncos (LAC -6.5)

Baltimore’s defense exposed weaknesses in the Charger’s offense last week. However, Los Angeles has the fire power to make a real run. Denver enters Week 17 on a three-game losing streak after briefly having a chance at the playoffs.

The Rams continue their NFC West dominance by defeating the 49ers (LAR -10.0)

The 49ers season ended the moment Jimmy Garoppolo went down. The Rams, who once looked untouchable, have looked vulnerable in the later parts of the regular season.

The Seahawks are able to rest up against the Cardinals (SEA -13.0)

Seattle has had a roller coaster year, but secured a playoff berth with a signature victory over the Chiefs in Week 16. In contrast, Arizona has been predictably awful and will likely have the first pick in the 2019 draft.

The Colts take the Titans out of the wild card race (IND -3.5)

Indianapolis and Tennessee face off in a virtual playoff game to secure either the AFC South (with a Texans loss) or a wild card spot. With Marcus Mariota continuing to battle injuries, Andrew Luck and the Colts will look to make his comeback year a true success.

‘Lone wolf’ picks

In the final week before the playoffs, Kyle B. is the only writer to go against the rest of the staff, selecting the Lions to beat the Packers (GB -8.0). While both teams are out of contention, the Packers are still fighting for pride after a derailed season, most recently defeating the Jets in a come from behind victory in Week 16.

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

NFL Picks Week 17

Games Kyle A. Frank Vasilis Jake Sage Logan Kyle B. Zach Dustin BB Readers
Games Kyle A. Frank Vasilis Jake Sage Logan Kyle B. Zach Dustin BB Readers
Browns at Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Browns Ravens Browns Ravens Vote
Dolphins at Bills Bills Dolphins Bills Bills Bills Bills Dolphins Bills Bills Vote
Lions at Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Lions Packers Packers Vote
Jaguars at Texans Jaguars Texans Texans Texans Texans Jaguars Texans Texans Texans Vote
Jets at Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Vote
Panthers at Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Vote
Cowboys at Giants Cowboys Giants Giants Cowboys Cowboys Giants Giants Cowboys Cowboys Vote
Falcons at Buccaneers Buccaneers Falcons Falcons Buccaneers Falcons Buccaneers Buccaneers Falcons Falcons Vote
Eagles at Redskins Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Vote
Raiders at Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Cheifs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Vote
Bears at Vikings Bears Bears Bears Bears Vikings Vikings Bears Bears Bears Vote
Bengals at Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Vote
Chargers at Broncos Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Vote
49ers at Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Vote
Cardinals at Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Vote
Colts at Titans Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Vote
Week 16 Record 12-4 11-5 11-5 9-7 10-6 12-4 11-5 8-8 10-6 13-3
Season Record 150-88 148-90 148-90 144-94 144-94 144-94 141-97 136-102 136-102 152-86

Vote in the polls below for the winner of each Week 17 matchup:

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Browns or Ravens?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Browns
    (74 votes)
  • 76%
    Ravens
    (247 votes)
321 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Dolphins or Bills?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Dolphins
    (71 votes)
  • 60%
    Bills
    (111 votes)
182 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Lions or Packers?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Lions
    (49 votes)
  • 72%
    Packers
    (132 votes)
181 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Jaguars or Texans?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Jaguars
    (56 votes)
  • 70%
    Texans
    (131 votes)
187 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Jets or Patriots?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Jets
    (48 votes)
  • 74%
    Patriots
    (143 votes)
191 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Panthers or Saints?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Panthers
    (23 votes)
  • 87%
    Saints
    (157 votes)
180 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Cowboys or Giants?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Cowboys
    (102 votes)
  • 43%
    Giants
    (77 votes)
179 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Falcons or Buccaneers?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Falcons
    (105 votes)
  • 37%
    Buccaneers
    (63 votes)
168 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Eagles or Redskins?

This poll is closed

  • 90%
    Eagles
    (164 votes)
  • 9%
    Redskins
    (17 votes)
181 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Raiders or Chiefs?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Raiders
    (17 votes)
  • 90%
    Chiefs
    (165 votes)
182 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Bears or Vikings?

This poll is closed

  • 64%
    Bears
    (116 votes)
  • 35%
    Vikings
    (63 votes)
179 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Bengals or Steelers?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Bengals
    (50 votes)
  • 74%
    Steelers
    (148 votes)
198 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Chargers or Broncos?

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Chargers
    (164 votes)
  • 8%
    Broncos
    (15 votes)
179 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: 49ers or Rams?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    49ers
    (19 votes)
  • 89%
    Rams
    (154 votes)
173 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Cardinals or Seahawks?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Cardinals
    (9 votes)
  • 94%
    Seahawks
    (160 votes)
169 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 17: Colts or Titans?

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    Colts
    (134 votes)
  • 24%
    Titans
    (44 votes)
178 votes total Vote Now