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The Vikings will take on the 6-4 New England Patriots on Sunday. Both offenses struggled last week for their respective teams. Which offense can rise up to the occasion on Thursday night?

Vikings vs Patriots Prediction, Pick, Odds: Will Cousins, Vikings Rebound From Underwhelming Performance?

The Minnesota Vikings have been a pleasant surprise this season. Well, except for last week. The Vikings fell to the Dallas Cowboys, 40-3, and are now 8-2 on the season. They'll take on the 6-4 New England Patriots, who overcame a terrific Jets defense by scoring a special teams touchdown with seconds remaining. Both offenses struggled last week for their respective teams. Which offense can rise up to the occasion on Thursday night?

Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Thursday's game between the Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots.

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Vikings vs. Patriots Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: November 24, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:20 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: NBC

Vikings vs. Patriots Odds

  • Spread: Vikings -3 (-110), Patriots +3 (-110)
  • Total Odds: O/U 42.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline Odds: Vikings (-160), Patriots (+135)

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Vikings vs. Patriots Injury Report


Out: QB Brian Hoyer (Head), WR Ty Montgomery (Knee)


Questionable: DT Dalvin Tomlinson (Calf) Out: Irv Smith Jr. (Ankle)

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Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots Prediction

The Minnesota Vikings forgot how to score against the Dallas Cowboys last week. However, they're averaging 22.9 points per game this year and have averaged over 350 yards per game. The Vikings were blitzed, but they'll rebound. They're only 8-2 on the season. However, Minnesota's offense will be challenged against a New England defense coming off its best defensive performance of the season against the Jets.

The Vikings are led by Kirk Cousins, who has thrown 14 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He's found Justin Jefferson 72 times for 1093 yards and four touchdowns. That connection is the best in football. The run game has only earned 103.6 yards per game, but if they stay committed to the run, things will work out better for them. The offensive line has done its part, and Dalvin Cook has rushed for nearly 800 yards. But sometimes, the Vikings get away from the run game too quickly.

On defense, the Vikings have struggled in the secondary, allowing 284.4 yards per game in the passing game. But they've held teams to 121.6 yards against the run and are one of the better run defenses in the league.

Meanwhile, the Patriots are led by Mac Jones, who has thrown for just four touchdowns and seven interceptions on the year. He's been abysmal for this Patriots offense. Instead, the Patriots have relied on the run game, earning 115.4 yards per game on the ground. It's been mainly Rhamondre Stevenson doing the work in the run game. He's earned 644 yards on 144 carries with four touchdowns. Damien Harris has also returned and will see many carries.

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The offense is averaging 335.8 yards per game with 21.3 points per game. They've struggled to stay consistent, but the defense has held it down, allowing just 16.9 points per game. The Patriots have allowed 211.6 yards per game in the air but have given up 114.5 yards on the ground. New England's not very good against the run. Again, that's an area where the Vikings need to show more trust in moving forward.

Realistically, the Vikings have only scored about two more points per game than the Patriots. But it's evident that the Vikings have more offensive firepower than the Patriots.

I've got the Vikings earning the home win on Thanksgiving night against the Patriots. New England won't be able to continue to win games without scoring an offensive touchdown.

Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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