New England Patriots (6-4) – Minnesota Vikings (8-2)
November 24, 2022, 8:20 PM EST
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -2.5 / New England Patriots +2.5; Over/Under: +43.5
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The Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots face off on Thanksgiving Day in Week 12 of the NFL Playoffs at US Bank Stadium.
New England Patriots beat 3research and development perfect win and 5The tenth In the last 6 games after winning 10-3 against the New York Jets last time. Mack Jones threw for 1,386 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions on 68.7% of the time, while Billy Zabe threw for 781 yards, 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 70.7% of passes at rest. Damien Harris and Ramondry Stephenson combined for 1,011 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Jacoby Myers has a team-high 509 yards, DeVante Parker has 340 receiving yards and three other Patriots receivers have over 200 receiving yards this season. On defense, Ja’Whaun Bentley has a team-high 64 tackles, Matthew Goodon has 13 sacks, and Deatrich Wise Jr. has a career high. 13 bags. Also 6.5 bags this season.
The Minnesota Vikings will hope to bounce back from a 40-3 loss with a win at the hands of Dallas last time out. Kirk Cousins threw for 2,461 yards, 14 touchdowns and 8 interceptions with a completion rate of 63.4% while Dalvin Cook leads the Vikings on the ground with 799 yards and 6 touchdowns this season. Justin Jefferson leads the Vikings’ receiving set with 72 catches for 1,093 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Adam Thielen has 45 catches for 492 yards this season. On defense, Jordan Hicks has 83 total tackles for the team including 59 solo while Zadarius Smith has 9.5 sacks this season.
New England has been 3-0-1 ATS in its last 4 road games and 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games, while being less than 7-2 in its last 9 games in November. Minnesota is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 games overall and 45-21 ATS in the last 66 games after a loss, while it’s 6-0 in its last 6 games after a double-digit defeat at home.
You get the state the Vikings will make in this game because they will be itching to get rid of the bad taste of losing to the Cowboys. However, this game sets us up for Kirk Cousins’ prime time and that’s not a good thing as Cousins has struggled in the spotlight throughout his career. New England wasn’t the flashiest offense we’ve seen against the Jets but the defense continues to find ways to get the job done and I think they can find a way to keep this game reasonably close and possibly win it outright. Give me New England points here.
Chris Ruffolo’s Free Pick:
New England +2.5