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Baltimore Beatdown Picks: Week 1

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Join the Baltimore Beatdown staff in predicting the winners of Week 1

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Starting this season, Baltimore Beatdown staff members will pick the winners for each week’s slate of match ups. Readers will also be able to cast a vote for each game at the bottom of this article. The staff and reader poll results will be tracked through the year to see who predicts the most games correctly.

An analysis of the Baltimore Beatdown staff picks

Consensus winners

Out of 16 games, Beatdown writers agreed across the board on just four contests:

With Nathan Peterman starting for the Bills, it is difficult to envision the Ravens dropping their home opener. With Tampa Bay losing quarterback Jameis Winston to suspension, New Orleans has a much clearer path to victory. The return of a healthy Aaron Rodgers is a scary prospect for Chicago, hence the agreement among the staff. As one of the most electric teams in 2017, Sean McVay’s Rams made lots of moves this offseason to position themselves for success, and the Raiders will be adjusting to new head coach Jon Gruden, making it harder for Oakland to come out on top.

‘Lone wolf’ picks

Some staffers find themselves on a island with their predictions:

  • Zachary is the only writer to pick the Texans to upset the Patriots in Foxborough (NE -6.5)
  • Kyle B. is alone in his idea that Ryan Tannehill can get the W against the Titans (TEN -1.5)
  • Logan goes against the popular vote for two games: Browns over Steelers (PIT -3.5) and Cowboys winning against the Panthers (CAR -3.0)
  • And I am the only writer who thinks Sam Darnold will win his regular season debut for the Jets against the Lions (DET -6.5)

Home field advantage...?

Baltimore Beatdown writers are 50/50 on the power of home field advantage. The majority of writers predict eight teams will lose in their house during Week 1:

With Carson Wentz still not ready to start, most of the staff thinks the Super Bowl hangover will get to Philadelphia for Thursday’s opening contest. While the Giants have fire power in Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr., the Jacksonville defense is expected to contain New York. Coming off a wild comeback victory over the Chiefs in last year’s playoffs, Marcus Mariota and the Titans should be able to handle the floundering Dolphins. Andrew Luck is likely to still be shaking off the rust when the Bengals travel to town.

While the Browns have made personnel strides, it is unlikely they will be able to vanquish the reigning AFC North champion this early in the rebuild. The Cardinals are also in transition, making Glendale fertile ground for Alex Smith to make his first start as a Redskin a victory.

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

NFL Week 1 Picks

Picks Dustin Frank Jake Kyle A. Kyle B. Logan Sage Vasilis Zachary
Picks Dustin Frank Jake Kyle A. Kyle B. Logan Sage Vasilis Zachary
Falcons at Eagles Falcons Eagles Falcons Eagles Falcons Eagles Falcons Falcons Falcons
Bills at Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
Jaguars at Giants Giants Jaguars Jaguars Giants Jaguars Giants Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Buccaneers at Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints
Texans at Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Texans
49ers at Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings 49ers Vikings 49ers
Titans at Dolphins Titans Titans Titans Titans Dolphins Titans Titans Titans Titans
Bengals at Colts Bengals Colts Bengals Colts Bengals Colts Bengals Bengals Bengals
Steelers at Browns Steelers Steelers Steelers Browns Steelers Browns Steelers Steelers Browns
Chiefs at Chargers Chargers Chiefs Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Seahawks at Broncos Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Broncos Broncos Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Cowboys at Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Cowboys Panthers Panthers Panthers
Redskins at Cardinals Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Cardinals Cardinals
Bears at Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Bears
Jets at Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions Jets Lions Lions
Rams at Raiders Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams

Join in and vote below for each Week 1 match up!

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Falcons or Eagles?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Falcons
    (122 votes)
  • 34%
    Eagles
    (64 votes)
186 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Bills or Ravens?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Bills
    (18 votes)
  • 92%
    Ravens
    (211 votes)
229 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Jaguars or Giants?

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    Jaguars
    (143 votes)
  • 27%
    Giants
    (55 votes)
198 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Buccaneers or Saints?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Buccaneers
    (5 votes)
  • 97%
    Saints
    (192 votes)
197 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Texans or Patriots?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Texans
    (67 votes)
  • 65%
    Patriots
    (128 votes)
195 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: 49ers or Vikings?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    49ers
    (25 votes)
  • 87%
    Vikings
    (171 votes)
196 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Titans or Dolphins?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Titans
    (153 votes)
  • 19%
    Dolphins
    (36 votes)
189 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Bengals or Colts?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Bengals
    (111 votes)
  • 42%
    Colts
    (83 votes)
194 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Steelers or Browns?

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    Steelers
    (125 votes)
  • 36%
    Browns
    (73 votes)
198 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Chiefs or Chargers?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Chiefs
    (49 votes)
  • 73%
    Chargers
    (133 votes)
182 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Seahawks or Broncos?

This poll is closed

  • 59%
    Seahawks
    (110 votes)
  • 40%
    Broncos
    (74 votes)
184 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Cowboys or Panthers?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Cowboys
    (37 votes)
  • 79%
    Panthers
    (145 votes)
182 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Redskins or Cardinals?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Redskins
    (96 votes)
  • 46%
    Cardinals
    (85 votes)
181 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Bears or Packers?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Bears
    (25 votes)
  • 86%
    Packers
    (154 votes)
179 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Jets or Lions?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Jets
    (41 votes)
  • 77%
    Lions
    (138 votes)
179 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will win in Week 1: Rams or Raiders?

This poll is closed

  • 94%
    Rams
    (167 votes)
  • 5%
    Raiders
    (10 votes)
177 votes total Vote Now