The final game on the NFL Thanksgiving schedule is set to take place in Minnesota. There, the Vikings will host the New England Patriots. Minnesota will be aiming to rebound from an embarrassing loss at home in Week 11, while the Patriots will look to build on a wild win on Sunday. In our NFL picks for Thanksgiving night, we look at Patriots vs Vikings from Minneapolis.
Patriots vs Vikings Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Vikings -3|
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This game will be played at US Bank Stadium at 8:20 PM ET on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
Why Bet The Vikings:
✅ The Patriots beat the Jets last week, but they did so without scoring an offensive touchdown. They will not be able to afford such offensive ineptitude this week against a Vikings team that will force them to score to keep up.
✅ The Vikings were shut down by the Cowboys last week, scoring just three points. But Dallas’ defense is so much better at putting pressure on quarterbacks than any other team. Expect the Vikings’ passing game to get up and running again here.
✅ This is a great opportunity to go against the grain. Bettors will likely be afraid to take the Vikings based on Kirk Cousins’ track record in night games. We will happily get in on the Vikings as a result.
New England Patriots
Team Advanced Defense
|Joshuah Bledsoe||S||Gameday Inactive||Out||11/24/22|
|Kevin Harris||RB||Gameday Inactive||Out||11/24/22|
|Sam Roberts||DT||Gameday Inactive||Out||11/24/22|
|Shaun Wade||CB||Gameday Inactive||Out||11/24/22|
|Andrew Booth Jr.||CB||Knee||Out||11/24/22|
|Bisi Johnson||WR||Knee (acl)||Out||11/24/22|
|Cameron Dantzler Sr.||CB||Ankle||Out||11/24/22|
|Irv Smith Jr.||TE||Ankle||Out||11/24/22|
|Luiji Vilain||OLB||Gameday Inactive||Out||11/24/22|
|Vederian Lowe||OT||Gameday Inactive||Out||11/24/22|
|7.67||Avg Opp Score||29|
|19.67||Avg Opp Score||29.33|
|14.2||Avg Opp Score||25.8|
|18.6||Avg Opp Score||23.8|
|16.9||Avg Opp Score||23.1|
|21||Avg Opp Score||24.5|
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New England Patriots
The New England Patriots won a 10-3 game against the New York Jets in their last outing. Neither team scored an offensive touchdown in that contest, with the Patriots getting the victory on a late punt return touchdown with just seconds remaining. Here, the Patriots will look for a similar defensive showing but more from their offense.
If the Patriots are going to win this contest, Mac Jones has to be better. Jones completed all but four of his passes against the Jets, but he has just four touchdown passes this season. The lack of effective passing in scoring positions from the Patriots could be costly here, as they will have to keep up with the pass-happy Vikings.
For the Minnesota Vikings, Week 11 may have been the worst game they have played in years. They were beaten 40-3 by the Dallas Cowboys, giving up 37 straight points after tying the game at 3-3. Here, the Vikings will aim to get their offense back on track, specifically by protecting Kirk Cousins.
Last week, the Vikings faced the team with the most sacks in the NFL. This week, they take on the team with the second most sacks in the league. If they cannot keep Cousins upright and give him time to find his top targets, the Vikings could see their first losing streak of the season after an 8-1 start.