New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 24th 2022

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis
Logo New England Patriots
VS
Logo Minnesota Vikings
44
OPENER
-2.5

44o -110
CURRENT
-2.5 -110

+125
MONEYLINE
-145

26
SCORE
33

The New England Patriots are going to have to play on a quick schedule this week. After playing the New York Jets on Sunday, they’ll face the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. This turnaround might not be so bad since they won last week. Beating the Jets 10-3 should give them a lot of confidence as they face the Vikings.

Speaking of confidence, the Minnesota Vikings took a huge shot to theirs last week. After losing 40-3 to the Dallas Cowboys, it’s back to the drawing board this week. Sure, they still have an 8-2 record, but that loss definitely hurt. To get back on track, they’ll need to find a way to secure a win at home on Thursday.

Patriots vs. Vikings Odds

TV: NBC

MONEY LINE: Patriots (+132) vs. Vikings (-156)

SPREAD: Patriots +3 (-110) vs. Vikings -3 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 41.5 (-118) vs. Under 41.5 (-104)

Patriots vs. Vikings Preview, Trends and Stats

The Patriots come into this game as underdogs, which is slightly surprising. Take into consideration their defense versus that of the Minnesota Vikings. This season, the Patriots are allowing just 16.9 points per game, the second-best in the NFL.

Their offense averages 21.3 points per game and although it's not a lot, it’s enough. Playing tough defense is exactly what the Cowboys did to beat the Vikings. They also established their rushing game early, something the Patriots can do as well.

Averaging 115.4 rushing yards per game, the Patriots rank 17th in the league. New England has won its last three games, putting them in a prime position this week. One thing they need to work on, however, is their efficiency on offense.

The Minnesota Vikings were on a roll until running into a wall last week. They couldn’t move an inch against the Dallas Cowboys and are in a tough situation now. Starting offensive tackle, Christian Darrisaw has been ruled out of this game with a concussion.

With one less starter to protect Kirk Cousins, the Vikings will be under pressure often. To combat this, they need to start by establishing their running game. Taking shots down the field can help, but scoring fast and often is the only way to win here.

Patriots vs. Vikings Predictions

This is a bad game on a quick turnaround for the Minnesota Vikings. After being embarrassed last week, they’ll have no time to recover. This will help them not dwell on the game, but they can’t get healthy. This is where we see the real problem because they’re missing a few key players.

Due to this, we’re going to take the New England Patriots at +3 over the Minnesota Vikings. Their defense should keep the Vikings offense out of sync, making this a close game. Bill Belichick will also exploit the holes in the Vikings defense this week.

Final Score: 20-14 (Patriots)

EXTRA POINTS

1. The total has gone under in four of New England's last six games.

2. New England is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against Minnesota.

3. The Patriots are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games.

Best Bet: Patriots +3 (-110) and Under 41.5 (-104)

PREDICTION
New England Patriots
20
22
Minnesota Vikings
PREDICTION
New England Patriots
20
22
Minnesota Vikings

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New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings Recap NOV 24TH 2022

Kirk Cousins threw for three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Adam Thielen, as the Minnesota Vikings earned a 33-26 win over the New England Patriots on Thursday night in Minneapolis.

Cousins, who capped the scoring with a 15-yard TD pass to Thielen with 9:34 left to play, completed 30 of 37 passes for 299 yards and an interception for the Vikings (9-2).

Justin Jefferson hauled in nine catches for 139 yards and a touchdown, and Dalvin Cook rushed 22 times for 42 yards.

Jefferson finished the night with 4,248 receiving yards, the most ever for a receiver in his first three NFL season. The old mark was set by another Viking, Randy Moss, who amassed 4,163 receiving yards from 1998-2000.

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was also impressive, finishing with a career-high 382 yards and two touchdowns on 28-for-39 passing, as New England (6-5) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

Five Patriots receivers finished with at least 60 yards in what was a balanced passing attack.

Hunter Henry hauled in a 37-yard touchdown reception to close New England's first drive of the second half, putting the Patriots up 23-16. However, that advantage lasted just 13 seconds, as Kene Nwangwu took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards to the end zone.

Henry seemingly caught another touchdown pass on New England's next drive, but the ruling on the field was reversed, forcing the Patriots to settle for a 25-yard Nick Folk field goal.

Greg Joseph's 36-yarder for Minnesota then made it 26-26 at the beginning of the fourth.

Late in the second quarter, Folk booted a 40-yard field goal to put New England up 13-10, but the Vikings responded. Cousins threw a 1-yard scoring strike to T.J. Hockenson, but Joseph missed the extra point.

New England then drove deep into Minnesota territory, and Folk's kick was good from 23 yards out with three seconds left to send the teams into halftime with the score 16-16.

Minnesota carved up the Patriots' defense on the opening drive of the game, using eight plays to move 80 yards for a 7-0 lead. Cousins closed the march with a 6-yard TD pass to Jefferson.

It didn't take long for New England to respond, though, as it scored just 2:19 later when Jones connected with Nelson Agholor for a 34-yard touchdown. Folk added a 34-yard field goal later in the opening quarter.

--Field Level Media

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