New England @ Minnesota
Current Records: New England 6-4; Minnesota 8-2
What to Know
The Minnesota Vikings will play host again and welcome the New England Patriots to U.S. Bank Stadium, where kick-off is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday. Neither the Vikings nor New England could muster much offensive firepower in their last games, so look to the defense to decide this one.
Minnesota entered their game against the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday without any home losses — but there’s a first time for everything. Minnesota was completely outmatched by Dallas at home and fell 40-3. Minnesota was in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 23-3. QB Kirk Cousins had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: besides failing to produce a single touchdown, he fumbled the ball once with only 105 yards passing.
Meanwhile, it was all tied up 3-3 at the half for the Patriots and the New York Jets this past Sunday, but New England stepped up in the second half for a 10-3 win.
This next contest is expected to be close, with the Vikings going off at just a 2.5-point favorite. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with Minnesota, who are 4-5-1 against the spread.
Minnesota is now 8-2 while New England sits at 6-4. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: Minnesota is stumbling into the matchup with the second most passing yards allowed per game in the NFL, having given up 284.4 on average. The Patriots’ defense has more to brag about, as they they rank second in the league when it comes to rushing touchdowns allowed, with only four on the season.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET
- Where: U.S. Bank Stadium — Minneapolis, Minnesota
- TV: NBC
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Vikings are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Patriots, according to the latest NFL odds.
New England won the only game these two teams have played in the last eight years.
- Dec 02, 2018 – New England 24 vs. Minnesota 10