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BALTIMORE (AP) to gain entry into the postseason is simple: win their final two games. Step 1 in that process is to defeat struggling Indianapolis (3-11) at home Saturday. Until that happens Stitched Tony Jefferson Jersey , claim the Ravens, they won’t be thinking about the finale against visiting Cincinnati. ”Everyone has blinders on,” safety Eric Weddle said. ”We’re just focused on us and our opponent. All we can control is the Colts, and we’ll worry about everything else after that.” A year ago, the Ravens also had to win their last two to get into the playoffs. Both those games were on the road, and a loss in Pittsburgh dropped Baltimore out of the running. This time, the Ravens (8-6) are counting on home-field advantage to end their two-year postseason drought. They’re 58-20 on their own field under coach John Harbaugh, who took over in 2008. ”We’re ecstatic to be at home for the last two weeks,” Weddle said. ”It’s a great opportunity to go out and play in front our fans, get the energy from them late in the season. It favors us, and we’ve got to take advantage of it.” The Ravens used a 4-1 streak to put themselves in this enviable position. They took care of business last week, beating winless Cleveland 27-10 , and now they face another struggling team with a raw quarterback. Playing in place of the injured Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett has thrown seven interceptions, lost three fumbles and been sacked 49 times. On Saturday, he will face a Baltimore defense that has three shutouts and leads the NFL with 33 takeaways. Colts coach Chuck Pagano, a former assistant in Baltimore, believes Brissett can handle the challenge. ”He is able to grasp more and more every week and is more comfortable Youth Tony Jefferson Jersey , obviously, today than a month ago with his surroundings and his personnel,” Pagano said. ”He is making great decisions, he is taking care of the football, and he is managing things for us well.” Brissett has thrown only three interceptions over the past six games, but the injury-riddled Colts have lost five straight and eight of nine. — Some things to know about the matchup between Baltimore’s former NFL team, the Colts, and its current tenant, the Ravens: SPOILER ROLE: Indianapolis has no hopes of reaching the postseason, but it can have a say about who does. Pagano, however, isn’t as interested in derailing the Ravens as he is in seeing the Colts get a long-awaited victory. ”I’d love to be able to find a way to get a win,” he said. ”Not so much to knock somebody out and be a spoiler; just to see the fruits of your labor come to fruition. The reason we sacrifice and do what we do is for those five minutes. It’s those five minutes in the locker room when you come off the field victorious and you have that moment to share.” The Colts haven’t had that feeling since Nov. 5, when they beat Houston 20-14. GETTING OFFENSIVE: The Ravens sputtered offensively for the first seven weeks of the season, but over their past seven games they’re averaging 30.7 points per game. Quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown for nine TDs with just four interceptions over that span, and last week he passed for a season-high 288 yards. As the season winds down, the Baltimore offense is revving up. ”There is no doubt,” Flacco said. ”You can definitely tell when we are on the field that we are a confident group and we are playing together and having a lot of fun. All of that stuff helps and goes a long way.” HOMECOMING: Pagano got his job with the Colts after spending four years with the Ravens as secondary coach and defensive coordinator under Harbaugh. ”Nothing but fond memories Stitched Willie Snead Jersey , obviously,” Pagano said. ”Me and my family loved it there. We had a great experience and are forever grateful to coach Harbaugh for giving me the opportunity to be on his first staff back in 2008. I certainly would not be where I am at today without that opportunity.” DIFFERENCE MAKER: The Ravens are in position to make the playoffs because of a plus-17 turnover differential that is tops in the NFL. The defense has five TDs, and the team has scored 118 points off turnovers. ”You know the advantage of creating turnovers, what a difference it can make for your team and the momentum it can create,” Weddle said. ”At any point, we can change a game – and offenses know it.” — Baltimore Beatdown Picks: Week 4 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:Kyle A., Kyle B. and VasFrank, Jake and Baltimore Beatdown readersLoganSageDustin and ZachAn analysis of the Baltimore Beatdown staff picksConsensus winnersThe Jaguars defeat the Jets (JAX -7.5)The Packers take down the Bills (GB -9.5)The Chargers beat the 49ers (LAC -10.0)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’ picksKyle 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 Youth Willie Snead Jersey , are some of the few that have confidence in the Cardinals. Josh Weinfuss of ESPN writes: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 PicksGamesDustinFrankJakeKyle A.Kyle B. LoganSageVasilisZachBB ReadersGamesDustinFrankJakeKyle A.Kyle B. LoganSageVasilisZachBB ReadersPick the winner of every Week 4 game in the polls below!

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