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Old Will Go Against the New When the Patriots Meet the Vikings on Thanksgiving

Overview

Coaches with far different experience will meet when the New England Patriots take on the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving.

A rookie head coach will battle with experience when head coach Kevin O’Connell and the Vikings play host to the Patriots and Bill Belichick on Thursday.

Belichick, in his 23rd season as the head coach of the Patriots, has led New England to a 6-4 record. The Vikings, meanwhile, are in their first season with O’Connell and have an 8-2 record.

The Patriots are coming off a 10-3 defeat of the New York Jets while Minnesota fell 40-3 to the Dallas Cowboys.

With both teams playing on a short week, will the veteran or the first-timer get the win on Thanksgiving?

Patriots’ Defense Prevails

New England’s offense wasn’t able to do much in its win over the Jets, however the defense was staunch.

The Patriots’ defense held New York to three points and 103 yards.

This wasn’t the first time New England has shut down an opponent, as the Patriots held the Colts to three points the game prior and the Lions scoreless earlier in the season.

New England’s defense is now fourth in the league in total yards allowed and second in points allowed, with opponents averaging 302.8 yards and 16.9 points a game.

The Patriots’ pass defense has also been strong, as they held the Jets to 44 passing yards, with opponents averaging 188.3 yards a game, fourth in the NFL.

With wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who is second in the league in receiving yards with 1,060 yards, next on the schedule, the Patriots will have to lock him down to stay in the game.

Vikings Look to Bounce Back

Minnesota laid an egg in its game against Dallas, unable to do anything.

The Vikings’ offensive line struggled, allowing quarterback Kirk Cousins to get sacked seven times and making it tough for running back Dalvin Cook to do much of anything.

The run game wasn’t the only thing not working on offense, as Cousins finished 12-for-23 for 105 yards. Jefferson had three catches for 33 yards.

Despite the no-show against Dallas, Minnesota will have to be ready to bounce back against another top defense in New England.

Though the Patriots will likely be focusing much of their attention on slowing Jefferson, Cook should be able to gain some ground against New England’s average run defense, which allows an average of 114.5 rush yards a game.

If Minnesota’s offensive line can hold up, Cook should be able to add to his 799 yards and six touchdown season total.

New England vs. Minnesota Prediction

The Vikings didn’t bother to show up against Dallas after their overtime win against the Bills. However, Minnesota should bounce back against the Patriots.

New England narrowly grabbed a win over the Jets thanks to a late punt return touchdown. The Patriots’ defense should cause problems for the Vikings, but with New England’s struggling offense, Minnesota should get the win on Thanksgiving.

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