The Minnesota Vikings will try to bounce back from their worst performance of the season when they host the New England Patriots in a Week 12 NFL game on Thanksgiving Day. One week after beating the Bills in the NFL game of the year, the Vikings (8-2) were blown out by Dallas, 40-3. They still share the second-best record in the NFL, behind only the Eagles (9-1). On NFL Thanksgiving 2022, they’ll face a New England team that is on a roll. The Patriots (6-4) have won three in a row and five of their last six.
Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Minnesota is a 2.5-point favorite in the latest Vikings vs. Patriots odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 42.5. Before you make any Patriots vs. Vikings picks of your own, you need to hear what SportsLine’s resident Vikings expert, R.J. White, has to say.
White, a Fantasy and gambling editor for CBS Sports, consistently crushes as SportsLine’s No. 1 NFL expert in picks against the spread and went 445-378-24 on his ATS picks from 2017-21, which returned $2,542 to $100 players. He’s also gone a whopping 52-28-4 (+$2,053) on his last 84 picks involving the Vikings, meaning he’s well-qualified for this selection. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he has locked in on Vikings vs. Patriots during the 2022 Thanksgiving NFL schedule and released a confident against-the-spread pick. Go to SportsLine to see it. Here are the NFL lines and trends for Patriots vs. Vikings:
- Vikings vs. Patriots spread: Minnesota -2.5
- Vikings vs. Patriots Over/Under: 42.5 points
- Vikings vs. Patriots money line: Minnesota -145, New England +120
- MIN: WR Justin Jefferson ranks second in the league in receiving yards (1,093)
- NE: LB Matthew Judon leads the NFL in sacks (13)
Why the Vikings can cover
Minnesota’s Za’Darius Smith is a relentless attack man who is a constant presence in an opponent’s backfield. The two-time Pro Bowler has 9.5 sacks this season, which ranks fourth in the NFL. He also has a career-high 14 tackles for loss, which is tied for the second most in the league.
In addition, Dalvin Cook is a rushing and receiving threat for the Vikings. Over the last six games, the 27-year-old running back is averaging 5.8 yards per touch and 103.2 yards from scrimmage per game. He also has scored six touchdowns over that span. See which team to pick here.
Why the Patriots can cover
New England has arguably the league’s best…