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Baltimore Beatdown Picks: Week 4

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With several teams facing off in divisional games, Week 4 is positioned to be a pivotal point of the early season for many teams. All year, the Baltimore Beatdown staff will compete to see who can correctly forecast the most matchups. Join in and submit picks for each game in the polls at the bottom of the article.

Current standings:

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

An analysis of the Baltimore Beatdown staff picks

Consensus winners

Entering Week 4, teams are still wildly inconsistent, with few organizations pulling away from the rest of the league. This parity is reflected in the staff’s predictions, with just three consensus picks. While the Jaguars struggled offensively in a loss to Tennessee (a stark contrast to their Week 2 success against New England), the Jets are still a team in rebuilding mode with the youngest starting quarterback in the NFL. While Josh Allen and Buffalo shocked the world last week by defeating the Minnesota Vikings, expect the Packers to be prepared and ready to get back on track coming off a loss to Washington. With Jimmy Garoppolo out for the year with an ACL injury, the 49ers should be an easy target for the Chargers.

‘Lone wolf’ picks

  • Kyle A. is alone in thinking the Cardinals will secure their first victory of the season (SEA -3.0).
  • Kyle B. is the only staff member who thinks the Dolphins are going to defeat the Patriots in Foxborough (NE -6.5).
  • Logan is solo in his prediction that the Titans will defeat the Eagles (PHI -4.0) and the Broncos will beat the Chiefs (KC -4.5).

Sam Bradford’s latest chapter in the NFL is already closing, with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen named the starter for Arizona. Kyle Andrews, and Josh Rosen himself, are some of the few that have confidence in the Cardinals. Josh Weinfuss of ESPN writes:

He also expressed confidence in handling his new role.

”I think I’m a pretty good overall quarterback,” Rosen said, “and I’m looking forward to getting on the field.”

The Dolphins are off to an unexpected hot start, coming into Week 4 with a perfect record. Still, Kyle Barber is the only member of Baltimore Beatdown that foresees them shaking their losing streak at Gillette Stadium. Miami last beat the Patriots in New England in Week 3 of the 2008 season, when Matt Cassel was starting in place of an injured Tom Brady and Chad Pennington was quarterbacking the Dolphins.

Patrick Mahomes and Carson Wentz are two of the most promising young signal callers in the league, with Mahomes off to a blazing pace of 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Logan is betting against them both this week, predicting the Broncos to rebound from their loss to the Ravens and the Titans to extend their win streak to three.

How will the AFC North perform?

  • Over 66 percent of the staff believes the Browns will keep the Raiders winless (OAK -2.5) and that the Steelers will hand the Ravens their second loss on the season (PIT -3.0).
  • Over 55 percent of contributors predict the Bengals will win on the road in Atlanta (ATL -5.5).

There is renewed hope in Cleveland, with number one pick Baker Mayfield replacing Tyrod Taylor in Week 3 for the team’s first win since 2016. With rookie corner Denzel Ward already making a huge splash and Myles Garrett shining in his sophomore season, the majority of the staff believes Jon Gruden and the Raiders will be left searching for their elusive first victory in 2018.

While the Ravens looked drastically more polished in Week 3, Beatdown writers anticipate that Baltimore’s offense will fall short in a shoot out with a Pittsburgh offense that has found its rhythm, even without running back Le’Veon Bell. If true, the Ravens will be staring down an 0-2 divisional start.

There is less consensus on Cincinnati’s prospects for victory. The Falcons have been up and down thus far, though the offense has scored 61 points since only putting up 12 against the Eagles in the kickoff of the 2018 season. However, Atlanta’s passing defense is ranked 26th in the league, leaving room for Andy Dalton and A.J. Green to exploit their weakness.

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

NFL Week 4 Picks

Games Dustin Frank Jake Kyle A. Kyle B. Logan Sage Vasilis Zach BB Readers
Games Dustin Frank Jake Kyle A. Kyle B. Logan Sage Vasilis Zach BB Readers
Vikings at Rams Vikings Vikings Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Vote
Jets at Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Vote
Dolphins at Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Dolphins Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Vote
Eagles at Titans Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Titans Eagles Eagles Eagles Vote
Texans at Colts Colts Texans Colts Texans Colts Texans Texans Colts Texans Vote
Bills at Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Vote
Lions at Cowboys Lions Lions Lions Cowboys Lions Cowboys Cowboys Lions Lions Vote
Buccaneers at Bears Buccaneers Bears Bears Buccaneers Bears Bears Bears Bears Buccaneers Vote
Bengals at Falcons Falcons Bengals Falcons Bengals Bengals Falcons Bengals Bengals Falcons Vote
Seahawks at Cardinals Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Cardinals Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Vote
Browns at Raiders Raiders Browns Raiders Browns Browns Browns Raiders Browns Browns Vote
Saints at Giants Saints Saints Saints Giants Saints Giants Saints Giants Saints Vote
49ers at Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Vote
Ravens at Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Ravens Ravens Steelers Steelers Ravens Steelers Vote
Chiefs at Broncos Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Broncos Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Vote
Week 3 Record 8-8 9-7 7-9 9-7 8-8 7-9 7-9 9-7 8-8 9-7
Season Record 22-24 25-21 25-21 26-20 26-20 24-22 23-23 26-20 22-24 25-21

Pick the winner of every Week 4 game in the polls below!

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Vikings or Rams?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Vikings
    (30 votes)
  • 77%
    Rams
    (101 votes)
131 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Jets or Jaguars?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Jets
    (15 votes)
  • 93%
    Jaguars
    (234 votes)
249 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Dolphins or Patriots?

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    Dolphins
    (111 votes)
  • 56%
    Patriots
    (146 votes)
257 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Eagles or Titans?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Eagles
    (217 votes)
  • 13%
    Titans
    (35 votes)
252 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Texans or Colts?

This poll is closed

  • 48%
    Texans
    (121 votes)
  • 51%
    Colts
    (129 votes)
250 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Bills or Packers?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Bills
    (17 votes)
  • 93%
    Packers
    (233 votes)
250 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Lions or Cowboys?

This poll is closed

  • 68%
    Lions
    (171 votes)
  • 31%
    Cowboys
    (80 votes)
251 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Buccaneers or Bears?

This poll is closed

  • 46%
    Buccaneers
    (114 votes)
  • 53%
    Bears
    (129 votes)
243 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Bengals at Falcons?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Bengals
    (41 votes)
  • 83%
    Falcons
    (208 votes)
249 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Seahawks or Cardinals?

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    Seahawks
    (194 votes)
  • 21%
    Cardinals
    (54 votes)
248 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Browns or Raiders?

This poll is closed

  • 59%
    Browns
    (151 votes)
  • 40%
    Raiders
    (101 votes)
252 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Saints or Giants?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Saints
    (221 votes)
  • 11%
    Giants
    (28 votes)
249 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: 49ers or Chargers?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    49ers
    (7 votes)
  • 97%
    Chargers
    (241 votes)
248 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Ravens or Steelers?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Ravens
    (258 votes)
  • 25%
    Steelers
    (88 votes)
346 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 4: Chiefs or Broncos?

This poll is closed

  • 87%
    Chiefs
    (227 votes)
  • 12%
    Broncos
    (33 votes)
260 votes total Vote Now