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Baltimore Beatdown Picks: Week 14

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The Ravens defense will face one their greatest challenges of the year this weekend, and the rest of league is heating up with playoff scenarios and divisional competition. In Week 13, Baltimore Beatdown readers surpassed the writers, claiming the number one spot on the leader board. This week, the staff will chase the power of the crowd in predicting every matchup. As always, readers are encouraged to join in and vote in the polls at the bottom of this article.

Current standings:

  1. Readers (123-67)
  2. Kyle A. (121-69)
  3. Frank (120-70)
  4. Jake and Sage (119-71)
  5. Vas (118-72)
  6. Logan and Kyle B. (112-78)
  7. Dustin (111-79)
  8. Zach (108-81)

An analysis of the Baltimore Beatdown staff picks

Can the Ravens upset the Chiefs at Arrowhead?

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense have been one of the biggest storylines of the 2018 season, and Kansas City is a perfect 5-0 at home this year. While Lamar Jackson has certainly been a spark plug for Baltimore’s three-game winning streak, he has a tough task ahead to stay undefeated as a starter. Can Baltimore’s league leading defense contain Mahomes enough to give Jackson a chance to win a shoot out? Just two writers believe the Ravens will leave with a victory (KC -6.5), with 77.8% of the Beatdown staff predicting a loss.

Consensus winners

While the Giants are still going to be in rebuilding mode this offseason, the have become increasingly competitive compared to the start of the year. And without the services of Alex Smith, Washington has lost three straight.

The Chargers dropped 18 points on Pittsburgh in the fourth quarter to leave Heinz Field with a last second victory in Week 13. Cincinnati is effectively shut down for the season without Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, clearing the way for Philip Rivers and company to improve to 10-3.

  • The Steelers extend their AFC North lead with a win over the Raiders (PIT -10.5)

Oakland has been a bottom feeder team all season, and the Steelers have the second ranked passing offense in the league. At least the Raiders draft order would continue to improve with another loss.

‘Lone wolf’ picks

Logan hit on both of his Week 13 ‘lone wolf’ picks when he predicted the Cowboys and Giants wins. This week, he is banking on New Orleans to fall short in avenging their Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay, and predicting the Bears bounce back big from their overtime loss to the Giants. He also predicts that the Broncos hot streak runs cold against a 2-10 San Francisco squad.

While home teams generally have the edge on Thursday Night Football, Frank is looking to move up the leader board by selecting the Jaguars to win consecutive games. Despite a statement win over New Orleans one week ago, Frank is predicting the defending Super Bowl champions to win a crucial divisional game against Dallas. Seattle seems to be peaking at the right moment, but with Minnesota the only team truly chasing Chicago for the division, the Seahawks three-game win streak could be snapped by a motivated Vikings team.

Kyle is banking on the Dolphins historical success against the Patriots in Miami. In Week 14 of the 2017 season, a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter by New England was still not enough to close the gap at Hard Rock Stadium.

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

NFL Picks Week 14

Games Kyle A. Frank Jake Sage Vasilis Logan Kyle B. Dustin Zach BB Readers
Games Kyle A. Frank Jake Sage Vasilis Logan Kyle B. Dustin Zach BB Readers
Jaguars at Titans Titans Jaguars Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Vote
Ravens at Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Ravens Ravens Chiefs Vote
Jets at Bills Bills Jets Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills Jets Vote
Giants at Redskins Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants Vote
Saints at Buccaneers Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Bucaneers Saints Saints Saints Vote
Patriots at Dolphins Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Dolphins Patriots Patriots Vote
Colts at Texans Texans Colts Texans Texans Texans Colts Texans Texans Colts Vote
Panthers at Browns Panthers Panthers Browns Panthers Browns Browns Browns Panthers Browns Vote
Falcons at Packers Packers Packers Falcons Packers Packers Packers Falcons Packers Packers Vote
Broncos at 49ers Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos 49ers Broncos Broncos Broncos Vote
Bengals at Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Vote
Eagles at Cowboys Cowboys Eagles Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Vote
Lions at Cardinals Lions Lions Lions Cardinals Lions Cardinals Lions Lions Cardinals Vote
Steelers at Raiders Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Vote
Rams at Bears Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Bears Rams Rams Rams Vote
Vikings at Seahawks Seahawks Vikings Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Vote
Week 13 Record 8-8 8-8 9-7 10-6 9-7 9-7 10-6 10-6 7-9 11-5
Season Record 121-69 120-70 119-71 119-71 118-72 112-78 112-78 111-79 109-81 123-67

Vote in the polls below for the winner of each Week 14 matchup:

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Jaguars or Titans?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Jaguars
    (65 votes)
  • 58%
    Titans
    (91 votes)
156 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Ravens or Chiefs?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Ravens
    (234 votes)
  • 60%
    Chiefs
    (355 votes)
589 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Jets or Bills?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Jets
    (73 votes)
  • 78%
    Bills
    (264 votes)
337 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Giants or Redskins?

This poll is closed

  • 82%
    Giants
    (283 votes)
  • 17%
    Redskins
    (61 votes)
344 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Saints or Buccaneers?

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Saints
    (324 votes)
  • 7%
    Buccaneers
    (26 votes)
350 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Patriots or Dolphins?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Patriots
    (263 votes)
  • 25%
    Dolphins
    (91 votes)
354 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Colts or Texans?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Colts
    (63 votes)
  • 81%
    Texans
    (281 votes)
344 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Panthers or Browns?

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Panthers
    (168 votes)
  • 49%
    Browns
    (166 votes)
334 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Falcons or Packers?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Falcons
    (120 votes)
  • 63%
    Packers
    (211 votes)
331 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Broncos or 49ers?

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    Broncos
    (289 votes)
  • 15%
    49ers
    (51 votes)
340 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Bengals or Chargers?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Bengals
    (34 votes)
  • 89%
    Chargers
    (298 votes)
332 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Eagles or Cowboys?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Eagles
    (116 votes)
  • 64%
    Cowboys
    (211 votes)
327 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Lions or Cardinals?

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    Lions
    (226 votes)
  • 27%
    Cardinals
    (85 votes)
311 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Steelers or Raiders?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Steelers
    (246 votes)
  • 25%
    Raiders
    (85 votes)
331 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Rams or Bears?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Rams
    (222 votes)
  • 30%
    Bears
    (98 votes)
320 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 14: Vikings or Seahawks?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Vikings
    (91 votes)
  • 71%
    Seahawks
    (226 votes)
317 votes total Vote Now