The New England Patriots will try to keep rolling when they visit the Minnesota Vikings as part of the 2022 NFL Thanksgiving Day schedule at U.S. Bank Stadium. After starting the season 1-3, the Patriots (6-4) have won five of their last six games, including their last three in a row. They are coming off a thrilling 10-3 victory over the Jets thanks to Marcus Jones‘ 84-yard punt return touchdown with five seconds remaining in the game. On Thanksgiving, New England faces a Minnesota team that has been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL. The Vikings (8-2) lead the NFC North and own the second-best record in the conference.
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…