The Patriots and Vikings clash in the final game of the holiday tonight in Minneapolis. New England is tied with the New York Jets with a 6-4 record and is a game behind the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, who are tied for first place.
The Patriots beat the Jets for the second time in three weeks with a 10-3 victory on Sunday and seek to extend their three-game winning streak.
The Vikings had their seven-game win streak snapped by the Dallas Cowboys with an embarrassing 40-3 beatdown at home this past Sunday.
However, their 8-2 record has them with a commanding lead at the top of the NFC North Division standings. Minnesota is hoping to redeem itself in front of its home fans with a victory tonight.
The Patriots recovered from their 1-3 start to the season to win four of the next five games, with their only loss a 33-14 home defeat to the Chicago Bears during that stretch.
The defense is why they are going for their fourth straight win, as they’ve held opponents to 7.7 points per game in their last three games. However, they need to start producing again on offense after not scoring a touchdown on offense against the Jets last Sunday.
Mac Jones is first on the team with 1,386 passing yards and is last in the league in touchdown passes with four on the season.
Rhamondre Stevenson is the Patriots’ leading rusher with 644 yards with four touchdowns and averages 4.5 yards per carry. Jakobi Meyers is the top receiver for New England, with 44 receptions for 509 yards and three touchdowns.
The Vikings come into tonight’s game after their disastrous showing against the Cowboys. After a thriller the previous week when they defeated the Buffalo Bills in overtime, they responded with one of their worst performances ever.
They are the only division leader with a negative point differential and have the smallest average win margin, meaning they may not be as good as their record shows.
Kirk Cousins has thrown for 1,386 yards and has 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Dalvin Cook is at 799 yards rushing on the season and has scored six times, and Justin Jefferson is second in the league in receiving yards with 1,093 and has caught 72 balls and scored four touchdowns. He’s also averaging 15.2 yards per catch.
New England is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games, and the total has gone under in 12 of their previous 18 games on the road.
The Vikings are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games against the AFC, and the total has gone under in six of their previous seven games against the Patriots.
The Patriots have been playing well the last several weeks and have performed better than Minnesota on defense this season. They’ve also won the last five meetings between these two teams.
However, don’t expect the Vikings to underperform at home two weeks in a row, as they should put things together and get a win tonight.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Vikings win, and the total stays under.