Happy Thanksgiving. Time to see how the Vikings react to total embarrassment.
Four days after being humiliated on their home field in a 40-3 loss to the Cowboys, the Vikings are back on the same field to take on the Patriots. They hope to bounce back and prove to the country that they are much, much better than they showed in their last performance. A win would put the Vikings at 9-2 and give them five full games against the Packers and Lions in the NFC North.
It will not be easy. The Patriots have one of the elite defenses in the NFL, ranking just behind the Cowboys in sack rate and pressure rate. Matthew Judon, the league’s sack leader, will come up against an offensive line missing his left tackle star Christian Darrisaw, who is out with a concussion. Bill Belichick is one of the game’s greatest defenders and he will no doubt try to give backup LT Blake Brandel a hard time.
Offensively, the Patriots don’t have nearly the same firepower as the Cowboys. Mac Jones struggled in his sophomore season, throwing four touchdown passes and seven interceptions and being benched once for Bailey Zappe. New England has a good running game with Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris, something they will establish early on. And the Vikings are down with fourth-string cornerback Duke Shelley across from Patrick Peterson, with Cameron Dantzler, Akayleb Evans and Andrew Booth Jr. all injured.
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Patriots 10, Vikings 7
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1:28 — The Vikings’ defense remains in the red zone, forcing the Patriots to settle for a field goal.
3:43 – Kirk Cousins just threw an ugly interception over center field to Jonathan Jones. 55-yard return sets New England up in the red zone.
5:37 — After scoring touchdowns on their opening drives, both teams went three-and-out in their second series.
Vikings 7, Patriots 7
8:21 — Talk about an immediate response from the Patriots. It took them just five plays to go 75 yards and get a touchdown of their own. Mac Jones completed passes for 26 and 34 yards, the latter going to Nelson Agholor for a wide-open touchdown.
Vikings 7, Patriots 0
10:40 a.m — The Vikings are striking in their opening run, already beating their score from Sunday’s game. They drove 80 yards, aided by a face mask penalty, and smashed it in in third place with a touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson. Good start for the home team.