5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots – Week 12

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Can the Minnesota Vikings rebound against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night after last week’s blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys?

For weeks, the Minnesota Vikings had avoided disaster. Sure, Minnesota had an 8-1 record. They also had a seven-game winning streak. But they had won each of those games by less than one possession.

The thought that the pendulum would eventually swing against the Vikings was brushed off as pessimism, but it crashed into reality when the Dallas Cowboys rolled to a 40-3 victory last Sunday.

Four days later, the Vikings are back on the field. They’ll host the New England Patriots for the first time since 2014, and they’ll do so in front of a primetime audience. That scenario has traditionally spelled disaster for the Vikings, but there’s a chance these aren’t the Patriots we’re used to.

Mac Jones has regressed dramatically with Matt Patricia and Joe Judge running the offense, and while the defense has remained stout under Bill Belichick, the Patriots don’t have many matchups to fear. The result has been a 6-4 record that has them tied for last place in a competitive AFC East division.

The Vikings could look at this as a get-right game, but with a quick turnaround and a defensive mastermind on the opposite sideline, beating the Patriots won’t be easy. In this article, we’ll give you five bold predictions to see if the Vikings can feast on another W on Thanksgiving night.