- Quick Turnaround
- Another Low-Scoring Game on Tap for Patriots
- Secondary Options Need to Play Big for Vikings
- Patriots vs Vikings Game Injuries
- Patriots vs Vikings Head-to-Head
- Patriots vs Vikings Game Information
- Patriots vs Vikings Betting Lines
- Patriots vs Vikings Game Weather Conditions
- Patriots vs Vikings Picks & Prediction
- Patriots vs Vikings Trends
- Patriots vs Vikings Edge
- Patriots vs Vikings Results
- Patriots vs Vikings Game Summary
It will be a quick turnaround for the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings on the Thursday night football odds for their Thanksgiving night and that’s probably for the best for both teams.
New England was fortunate to come away with a 10-3 victory over the New York Jets while the Vikings were thoroughly embarrassed at home by the Dallas Cowboys 40-3 on Sunday.
The Patriots couldn’t get out of their own way on offense, mostly due to poor play-calling and offensive line play, but a punt return touchdown with five seconds left saved them.
The Vikings surrendered a season-high 40 points while scoring a season-low three points vs. the Cowboys as quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked seven times.
It won’t get any easier for Minnesota against the Patriots, who rank second to the Cowboys in sacks and have permitted the third-fewest points per game (16.9).
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones played pretty well against the Jets, completing 23 of 27 for 246 yards despite being under near-constant pressure due to a struggling offensive line, which saw two starters go out injured during the game.
To make matters worse, the play-calling would often veer in the opposite direction of what was working at the time.
Another Low-Scoring Game on Tap for Patriots
The formula is pretty clear for the Patriots – play solid defense and special teams and hope the offense doesn’t turn the ball over as it has 17 times this season.
That philosophy hasn’t created much margin for error and isn’t guaranteed to work against the likes of the Vikings, the Buffalo Bills, the Arizona Cardinals, or the Miami Dolphins, teams the Patriots play in the final seven weeks.
The Vikings should expect a large dose of Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris in the run game and Stevenson and Jakobi Meyers in the short passing game.
Secondary Options Need to Play Big for Vikings
The two keys in this game for the Vikings, who are the first team in NFL history to be 8-2 or better and have a negative points differential, are to shut down the Patriots’ run game (and play-action) and find a secondary option that can consistently win on offense.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is not going to allow running back Dalvin Cook, who has 77% of the team’s rushing yards, or wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who is second in the NFL in receiving yards (1,093) and fourth in receptions (72), to beat him. So, someone else is going to have to step up for the Vikings to avoid another defeat on the TNF odds.
Adam Thielen is a solid No. 2 option behind Jefferson but is nothing more than a possession receiver at this point in his career while tight end T.J. Hockenson, who will be facing the Patriots for the second time this season, has 21 receptions in three games.
Hockenson had one catch for six yards for the Lions in a 29-0 loss to the Patriots.
Patriots vs Vikings Game Injuries
Patriots vs Vikings Head-to-Head
The Patriots have won five straight games against the Vikings, but all five came with Tom Brady at quarterback. The most recent meeting was a 24-10 win in 2018.
New England, which permitted an average of 11.8 points to the Vikings in the five victories, leads the all-time series 9-4, including 3-2 in games played in Minnesota.
Cousins was 33 of 44 with 201 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions and Cook rushed for 84 yards on nine carries in the 2018 contest.
Patriots vs Vikings Game Information
- Game: Patriots (6-4) vs Vikings (8-2)
- Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
- Day/Time: Thursday, Nov. 24, 8:20 p.m. ET
- How to watch Patriots vs Vikings? NBC
Patriots vs Vikings Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Patriots vs Vikings Betting Lines
Patriots vs Vikings Game Weather Conditions
Patriots vs Vikings Picks & Prediction
- Worth betting on the Moneyline?
Yes. The Patriots are +130 so a $100 wager will net the bettor $230. New England also is on a three-game winning streak. The Patriots are 1-3 as an underdog so keep that in mind.
- Worth Betting ATS?
Yes. The Patriots at 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games in November. The Vikings are three-point favorites and are a perfect 7-0 as a favorite, but they are only 4-5-1 ATS while New England is 6-3-1 against the number.
- Worth Betting on the Totals?
No. Even though the total is a modest 42½ points, each team managed only three points on offense last week. While that should surely improve, having such a short turnaround to Thanksgiving Day won’t help either side to get untracked.
The Patriots are listed at +125 in our Vegas NFL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Patriots , you have a chance to win $125. The Vikings are -145, offering a chance to win $69 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Patriots a 44.44% chance to win, with Vikings at 59.18%. Be sure to check all the Thursday night football tonight odds for the Patriots vs Vikings.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.