Grinding Ax Sunday: NFL Free Picks – Week Ocho

SOUTH OF THE BORDER – As soon as I heard of the proposal that border crashers can receive 400 thousand bucks, I hopped on a plane to Cancun to begin my journey… Speaking of journeys, Week Ocho (8) features some great match-ups. None more intriguing than Angry Ward’s Minnesota Vikings hosting Cheesy Bruin and my Dallas Cowboys.

Let’s begin with the Sunday Night match-up featuring Kirk Cousins and Dak Prescott (or his backup Cooper Rush). The Vikes have two top tier receivers in Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen along with running back Dalvin Cook, all of whom can give the Cowboys defense problems.  The team who can run the ball more effectively will most likely end up with the win. Look for a heavy dose of Zeke Elliott and Tony Pollard if Rush gets his first start in the NFL. Cousins has an opportunity to lead the Vikings to a big win or make Trevon Diggs the hero once again. I think Dallas wants to prove a point this week and will do just that. Cowboys 28 Vikings 27

The next game on my hot list of meaningful contests will take place in Naptown, USA, as the Colts clash with the Titans. An improving Carson Wentz, along with running back Jonathan Taylor hope to outpace Ryan Tannehill and the beast Derrick Henry. Look for the Colts to find the end zone more often than the Titans. The Indianapolis defense is good and will limit Henry to under 120 ON THE GROUND. This is a must win for the Colts if they want any chance of making the playoffs. Colts 31 Titans 24

Another divisional contest features Miami traveling to the home of the craziest tailgaters in the NFL, Buffalo. The Bills are running away with this division and should be the odds on favorite to win the AFC. Josh Allen will have to be careful not to fall into a trap against a Dolphins team that is better than their horrible record. Is Tua Tagovailoa the guy? While he is playing better following his rib injury, he needs to find a way to win. Jaylon Waddle is becoming his go to receiver, so perhaps the Crimson Tide connection will find that old magic. Not this week. Bills 35 Dolphins 17

Baker Mayfield must be a bit nervous after watching Case Keenum adeptly fill in last week, leading the Brownies to a needed win over the reeling Denver Broncos. This week they look to repeat their playoff domination of the Steelers. Nick Chubb returns this week and will join last weeks running sensation D’Ernest Johnson in the hopes to limit Big Ben Roethlisberger’s opportunities . Look for a very physical game. Najee Harris has been getting a lot of touches and if he has a break out game, this could be an upset. Browns 24 Steelers 20

Happy Halloween to all, especially the New York Giants, who dress up every week pretending to be an NFL team. I think Big Blew may have a chance to keep the slide going for the Kansas City Chiefs, who are looking scalped as of late. Patrick Mahomes has looked pedestrian over the last three weeks. He needs to get back to basics. Throw the damn ball to Tyreek and Travis. I think he will and the Chiefs will out-score the Giants. Chiefs 38 Giants 31

Happy Halloween?

In other news…

Congratulations to the Rutgers Scarlett Knights on their first BIG TEN win of the season! 20-14 over Illinois.

Chime in if you must and come back tomorrow for Manchester United’s biggest fan, Junoir Blaber.

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"Grinding Ax" Walter Hynes (GAW) comes from the same Sports Royalty bloodlines as Short Matt... He's heaving hatchets off the heads of any deserving Sports Personalities... His favorite teams are the NY Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Dallas Cowboys, NY Jets and Manchester United... A suburban husband and father of two, Walter understands what it takes to be a second-guessing, sideline-heckling parent and coach.