Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots - 12/2/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1) at New England Patriots (8-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4:25 pm (Gillette Stadium)
The Line: New England Patriots -5 -- Over/Under: 49.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots meet Sunday in NFL action at Gillette Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings could use a big road win after splitting their last four games to stay in the NFC playoff race. The Minnesota Vikings have split their last four road games. Kirk Cousins is completing 71.1 percent of his passes for 3,289 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 17 games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 1,928 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 43 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 85.3 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 455 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 22.4 points and 314.7 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 79 tackles, Danielle Hunter has 11.5 sacks and Harrison Smith has three interceptions.
The New England Patriots look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games to chase a top seed in the AFC. The New England Patriots have won all five of their home games this season. Tom Brady is completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 3,031 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Brady has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 13 games. James White and Josh Gordon have combined for 1,114 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Julian Edelman has 44 receptions. The New England Patriots ground game is averaging 118.2 yards per contest, and Sony Michel leads the way with 586 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, New England is allowing 22.6 points and 377.5 yards per game. Kyle Van Noy leads the New England Patriots with 71 tackles, Deatrich Wise Jr. has 4.5 sacks and Jonathan Jones has two interceptions.
The Vikings are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games in December, 37-15-1 ATS in their last 53 games on fieldturf and 48-23-1 ATS in their last 72 games overall. The Patriots are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games in December, 36-15-2 ATS in their last 53 home games and 36-15 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Patriots last 4 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Vikings last 6 road games.
The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a nice home win over the Green Bay Packers to keep their season alive, but they have yet to beat a team with a winning record this season. The New England Patriots are as healthy as they've been in weeks, and five of their last seven victories have been decided by double digits. The Minnesota Vikings are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games when an underdog of at least four points. The New England Patriots have covered five of their last six games when a favorite of at least four points. I was high on the Vikings coming into the season, but it is concerning that they haven't beaten a winning team through 11 games and winning in New England hasn't gotten any easier. The New England Patriots are getting healthy and usually take their play to another level once December rolls around. I have to eat the reasonable number with the Pats at home.