New England Patriots (6-4) v Minnesota Vikings (8-2)
Nov 24, 2022 8:20 PM EDT
The line: Minnesota Vikings -2.5 / New England Patriots +2.5; More/less than: +43.5
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The Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots take on Week 12 of NFL action from U.S. Bank Stadium on Thanksgiving.
The New England Patriots will build on their 3ed straight win and 5e in the last 6 games after a 10-3 victory over the New York Jets last time out. Mac Jones has thrown for 1,386 yards, 4 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 68.7% passing, while Bailey Zappe has thrown for 781 yards, 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 70.7% passing in relief. Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson have a combined 1,011 rushing yards and 7 TDs, while Jakobi Meyers has a team-high 509 receiving yards, DeVante Parker has 340 receiving yards and three other Patriot receivers have over 200 receiving yards this season. On defense, Ja’Whaun Bentley has a total of 64 tackles on the team level, while on the team level, Matthew Judon has 13 sacks and Deatrich Wise Jr. this season also has 6.5 sacks.
The Minnesota Vikings will hope to bounce back from a 40-3 loss in the last timeout at the hands of Dallas. Kirk Cousins has thrown for 2,461 yards, 14 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 63.4% passing, while Dalvin Cook leads the Vikings in rushing with 799 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns this season. Justin Jefferson leads the Vikings’ receiving group with 72 grabs for 1,093 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Adam Thielen has 45 grabs for 492 receiving yards this season. On defense, Jordan Hicks has a total of 83 tackles, including 59 solo tackles, while Za’Darius Smith has 9.5 sacks this season.
New England is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall, while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games in November. Minnesota is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 45-21 ATS in their last 66 games after a loss, while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games after a double-digit loss at home.
I understand that the Vikings have to plead in this game as they are eager to get the bad taste out of their mouths from losing to the Cowboys. However, this game prepares us for primetime Kirk Cousins and that’s not a good thing since Cousins has struggled under the lights his entire career. New England isn’t the flashiest offense as we saw 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 pretty close and potentially win it outright. Give me the points and New England here.
Free choice from Chris Ruffolo:
New England +2.5