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

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Belichick will continue his hex over the Vikings

The Vikings have never defeated Bill Belichick as a head coach, and every time the Patriots show up, it means bad things for the rest of the season.

The 2002 Vikings finished 6-10 after losing to the Patriots in Foxborough. A 4-2 start led to a 2-8 finish after Belichick dismantled the Vikings in 2006. Randy Moss lost his mind and eventually was traded to Minnesota in 2010, and Mike Zimmer was obliterated in his second game as head coach after a 30-7 loss in 2014.

We already discussed what happened in the Vikings’ last meeting with the Patriots in 2018, so the question is whether they can exorcise the Belichick hex that usually seems to follow the team.

The odds don’t look great. The Patriots struggled in last week’s victory over the Jets, but the trump card could be Belichick. There was a good chance Belichick would have found the weaknesses to attack anyway, but the Vikings’ loss to the Cowboys was so bad, it was like they handed their weaknesses to Belichick like a bowl of mashed potatoes.

If the turkey won’t put you to sleep, this game probably will.

Prediction: Patriots win 16-13

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