The New England patriots (6-4) look at the Minnesota Vikings (8-2) as Minnesota hosts a Thanksgiving game for the first time in its history. Thursday’s kickoff at US Bank Stadium is at 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC/Peacock). Below we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s rules around the Patriots vs Vikings and make our expert NFL picks and predictions.
Both teams come from unusual matches that have made history.
The Patriots and Jets failed to score an offensive touchdown and it took an 84-yard punt return touchdown by rookie Mark Jones with 5 seconds left to give the Patriots an improbable 10-3 victory over New York.
On the other hand, the Vikings suffered their worst home loss in 60 years in a 40-3 humiliation at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, which sinks Minnesota’s postseason supply like a rock despite an 8-2 record and current No. 2 playoff seed in the NFC.
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Patriots against the Vikings
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- Money Line (ML): Patriots +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Vikings -145 (bet $145 to win $100)
- Against the Spread (ATS): Patriots +3 (-117) | Vikings -3 (-103)
- Over/Under (O/U): 42 (O: -111 | U: -109)
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Patriots in major injuries Vikings
- C David Andrews (thigh) doubtful
- WR DeVante Parker (knee) doubtful
- G Isaiah Wynn (foot) out
- CB Andrew Booth Jr. (knee) out
- OT Christian Darrisaw (concussion) out
- DT Dalvin Tomlinson (calf) doubtful
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Patriots at Vikings picks and predictions
Vikings 23, Patriots 17
The only way this bet makes sense is if you believe the Patriots will win. I don’t, so I’ll look for a better return on Minnesota laying a field goal.
against the spread
The Vikings specialized in finding ways to win close games and this game seems to fall into that category.
The Patriots offense has no trailblazing stars, but a collection of role players who do their job at a high level. Minnesota has more star talent on both sides of the ball capable of making the big play that tilts a game in their favor.
Both teams saw their violations come to light last week, so one or both must prove that last week was an outlier and not what to expect going forward.
UNDER 42 (-109)
This bet is a combination of a number of things. The Patriots have allowed 17 or fewer runs in 5 of their last 6 games. Their defense has remained strong despite an offense running hot and cold.
The Vikings have played in many more high-scoring games, but the Patriots will force their secondary players to do more, as a Bill Belichick specialty is taking away a team’s most dynamic offensive player, which is a wide-ranging goal for the Vikings. receiver. Justin Jefferson.
Darrisaw’s loss will hurt Minnesota’s offense, but the Patriots will be without Wynn and possibly Andrews on their O line, who should play in favor of the defense. It may take a defensive touchdown or special team touchdown to go over, so take the Under 42 (-109).
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