New England Patriots vs Minnesota Vikings Preview (11/24/22): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Chart

The New England Patriots visit the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving night to get Week 12 of the 2022 NFL Season started. The Vikings are coming off a blowout loss to the Cowboys at home, while the Patriots beat the Jets on a last second special teams touchdown as time expired. This should be an interesting matchup for playoff seeding. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!

New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds

The Minnesota Vikings are 3-point home favorites against the New England Patriots and are at -155 on the money line. The over/under is also at 41.5. The Vikings being favored here is purely just because they are the home team. They looked lifeless this past week, but are getting the benefit of the doubt for being at home. The Patriots also didn’t do much to impress anyone in a win. The over/under makes sense too because of both of these offenses are inconsistent, but both defenses are very good. This spread will probably stay where it’s at, so don’t expect much movement.

New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings Prediction

The Pick: Vikings -3

The Vikings are coming off an all-time loss at home against the Cowboys. They looked lifeless on offense, and let the Cowboys run all over them on defense. However, the Vikings are much better than they were last week. It was a game where everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Vikings. They are obviously much better than what they showed, and have a great chance to rebound here. There’s a ton of talent on this offense with Dalvin Cook and Jordan Jefferson being the head-liners. They average 23 points and 358 total yards a game, and have enough talent to get the offense back on track after the game against Dallas.

The issue is on defense, especially the pass defense, which needs to get fixed. The good news is that the Patriots just aren’t good at passing the ball and don’t have the ability to take advantage of this type of defense. The Patriots have been very good on defense this year giving up 17 points and 326 total yards a game. The issue is just how the Patriots can do on offense because it’s been ugly recently. The bet here is to take the Vikings to cover and get back on track because the Patriots don’t have the firepower to scare Minnesota.

Betting Trends

  • Patriots are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games.
  • Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home.

Key Injuries

New England Patriots Injuries: WR DeVante Parker (Knee) P, OL Marcus Cannon (Concussion) O

Minnesota Vikings Injuries: OLB Za’Darius Smith (Knee) P, TE Irv Smith Jr. (Ankle) O

Key Matchups

Check out the key matchups and mismatches for New England Patriots vs Minnesota Vikings below.

Dalvin Cook vs the Patriots Front Seven

Dalvin Cook is the engine that makes the Vikings go on offense. He was okay at best on Sunday and but didn’t see a lot of touches which definitely was a reason why the Vikings lost control of the game against Dallas. He has 156 carries, 799 rushing yards, and six rushing touchdowns on the year too. He’s such a capable running back and needs to get more touches for Minnesota to win here. The Patriots have a good rushing defense and allow 115 rushing yards a game, so it will be difficult for Cook to get going here in this game. He needs to be better in order for the Vikings to win here.

Mac Jones vs the Patriots Secondary

Mac Jones has been below average for the Patriots this year. He has 1,386 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, seven interceptions, and he has a 69% completion percentage on the year too. He has a good matchup with a Vikings defense that allows 284 passing yards a game. Jones needs to step up for the Patriots to have a chance here. He’s been inconsistent this year, but a chance to beat a contender on the road would be huge for the Patriots this year.

New England Patriots Depth Chart

QB: Mac Jones
RB1: Rhamondre Stevenson
RB2: Damien Harris
LWR: Nelson Agholor
RWR: DeVante Parker
SWR: Jakobi Meyers
TE1: Hunter Henry

Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart

QB: Kirk Cousins
RB1: Dalvin Cook
RB2: Alexander Mattison
LWR: Justin Jefferson
RWR: Adam Thielen
SWR: K.J. Osborn
TE1: T.J. Hockenson

Jake Faigus, a Phoenix native, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in sports management. He also has written for the student newspaper, The Daily Wildcat, as well as the Arizona Fansided blog, Zona Zealots. He currently writes for Aaron Torres Media and runs social media for Solid Verbal as well.

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