The New England Patriots (8-3) host the Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1) on Sunday for their first meeting in four years. Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST on December 2nd at Gillette Stadium and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
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Opening NFL Odds: Patriots -4.5 / 45; Sportsbooks originally tipped the Patriots at -4.5 against the Baltimore Ravens, their lowest point spread this season, before New England clinched their. Dating back to the 2016 season, the Patriots are very good in December, going 8-1 against the spread in that month. The Vikings are 2-2-1 on the road this season, with losses at Chicago and Los. NFL odds for Week 15. Below are the latest Week 15 NFL odds, including point spreads, money lines and over-under totals for every game, according to the DraftKings sportsbook. Last updated: Sunday.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Patriots listed as 5.5-point home favorites. That line hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as New England is currently available at -5.5. The total for this matchup is 48.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 13 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
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Minnesota improved to 6-4-1 overall last weekend after an impressive 24-17 victory over Green Bay on Sunday Night Football. The Vikings scored 10 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter to help lock up a critical victory and stay within 1.5 games of first in the NFC North. QB Kirk Cousins has played very well this season, completing over 70% of his passes for 3,289 yards and 22 touchdowns. Cousins has had a ton of help from arguably the best receiving duo in the NFL – Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The pair has combined for over 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns in just eleven games. RB Dalvin Cook finally looks to have completely healed from some lingering injury problems, scoring his first touchdown of the season against the Packers last weekend. As a whole, Minnesota is currently averaging 24.1 points per game (16th overall) on 368.5 yards of total offense.
The Vikings have been pretty solid defensively through their first eleven games, holding opponents to an average of 22.4 points per game (10th overall) on 314.7 yards of total offense. They have been especially dominant against the run, giving up just 93.6 yards per game on the ground (4th overall).
New England now has won seven out of their last eight games to erase any lingering worries caused by a slow 1-2 start to the season. The Patriots were excellent in Week 12, beating the Jets 27-13 at home to improve to 8-3 overall. QB Tom Brady continues to defy Father Time, throwing for 3,031 yards and 19 touchdowns in eleven games. Brady has certainly had a ton of help from a wide variety of offensive teammates, as RB James White, WR Josh Gordon, WR Julian Edelman, and TE Rob Gronkowski have all registered more than 500 receiving yards. The play of Sony Michel has also provided the Pats with a huge boost offensively, as the rookie has already rushed for 586 yards and five touchdowns. Overall, New England is averaging 27.9 points per game (7th overall) on 388.2 yards of total offense.
The Patriots have looked decent on the other side of the ball so far this season, surrendering an average of 22.6 points per game to opponents (11th overall) on 377.5 yards of total offense. However, they have been exposed through the air, as opponents are currently averaging an alarming 269.7 passing yards per game (25th overall).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: New England -5.5
This is easily one of the most anticipated games on the schedule here in Week 13, as both of these teams are right in the thick of things in their respective divisions. New England rebounded nicely after a troubling loss to Tennessee in Week 11 while the Vikings are coming off of a huge divisional win over Green Bay. While I do think this game stays close for at least a couple of quarters, I think the Pats have a bit of an edge on Sunday afternoon. They have also owned Minnesota over the past decade or so, going 4-1 overall.
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New England is a very solid 4-1 ATS over their past five home games. They are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 4-1 ATS over their last five games against opponents with a winning record. The Vikings are a brutal 106 ATS in their last seven games against teams with a winning record. They are also only 2-3-1 ATS over their last six games on the road.
I do expect Minnesota to be able to stay within 6-10 points of the Patriots, especially considering how vulnerable New England has been through the air. Thielen and Diggs should give this secondary fits all game long, as they both could easily have 100+ yards receiving yet again in this one. However, having a fully healthy Sony Michel and Gronk back in the lineup was a huge boost for the Patriots last weekend. I’m going to lay the 5.5 points and roll with the home favorite, as I think New England wins this one by a touchdown.© Provided by CBS Sports
The Patriots and Ravens will put a bow on Sunday's action in the NFL when they kick off for Sunday Night Football in Foxborough. New England comes into this game at just 3-5 on the year and just narrowly defeating the winless New York Jets on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 9. On the other side of the field, the Ravens stand at 6-2 on the season and are nipping at the heels of the 8-0 Steelers in the AFC North. Lamar Jackson's club is coming off an impressive Week 9 win over the Colts, where the defense held Indy to just 10 points and even scored a touchdown off a fumble recovery.
Both of these teams have powerful running games that will be on full display here on Sunday night and we'll be providing you with all the betting angles that this head-to-head has to offer. Along with the spread and total for this matchup, we'll also give you some of our favorite player props and show you how the lines have moved throughout the week. All NFL odds via William Hill Sportsbook.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, Nov. 15 Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, MA) TV: NBC Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
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Vikings Patriots Point Spread Week 9
The line for this game has been pretty consistent after opening at Ravens -7. It briefly dipped below the touchdown marker at Ravens -6.5 and bumped as high at Ravens -7.5 throughout the week, but has largely settled at seven points with Baltimore being the road favorites. This is the first time since 2014 where the Patriots have been a home underdog by any measure and the first as a touchdown underdog since 2001. That's with good reason in 2020 as Bill Belichick's club has struggled on both sides of the ball and will likely be their undoing in primetime, where they are 0-3 ATS this season.
While Cam Newton showed flashes as a passer last week, you do have the factor in the competition. The Jets rank as the second-worst pass defense in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders' metrics. Now, they'll be facing a Ravens secondary that ranks seventh-best in the league in that same area. Of course, New England's offense is largely dictated by how well they can run the football, which plays right into Baltimore's hands as they are the top-ranked run defense heading into Week 10. Lamar Jackson, meanwhile, is 11-3-1 ATS on the road in his career and should give the Patriots defense fits both on the ground and through the air.
Projectedscore: Baltimore 24, New England 10
This total has increased as the week went on, originally opening at 41 and rising to 43.5 by Friday. The Under has a 9-7 record between these two clubs this season and has hit in four of New England's past five home contests.
In games Cam Newton has started this season, the Patriots are averaging a little under 22 points per game. While the highs include, 30 points against the Jets last week, 36 points against the Raiders in Week 3, and 30 points against the Seahawks in Week 2, Baltimore's defense comes into this game allowing a league-low 17.8 points per contest. This will be a much tougher task for Josh McDaniels' offense and could very well keep them under that 22-point average with Newton under center. With both clubs having an affinity for running the football, this should be a fast-moving game that limits opportunities to string along a lot of drives, thus creating a short ceiling for scoring.
Projected total: 34
O/U 17.5 completions
O/U 27.5 pass attempts
O/U 200.5 passing yards
O/U 1.5 passing TDs (Over +130)
O/U 0.5 interceptions (Over +110)
O/U 51.5 rushing yards
Jackson has thrown for multiple touchdowns four times this season and will now face a Patriots secondary that just allowed Joe Flacco to throw for three scores on Monday Night Football. New England getting Stephon Gilmore back will be a big boost to the secondary, but Jackson should still be able to have his way with this unit, making the Over at +130 great value. Jackson has also hit the Over on this rushing total in three straight games heading into Sunday.
O/U 18.5 completions
O/U 29.5 pass attempts
O/U 196.5 passing yards
Minnesota Vikings Point Spread
O/U 1.5 passing TDs (Over +200)
O/U 0.5 interceptions (Over -130)
O/U 43.5 rushing yards
Newton's season average for passing yards is over his current total for Week 10, but he's set to face a Ravens secondary that is allowing just 6.4 yards per attempt, second-lowest in the NFL. Baltimore is also tied for the second-fewest passing touchdowns allowed heading into Week 10, so the Under seems to be the play for both of those categories.
Other props to consider
Jakobi Meyers total receptions: Over 3.5 (-150). The workload for Meyers over the last two weeks has been massive. Since being named the starter, he's averaging 12 targets per game and nine receptions. While Baltimore's secondary is stout, this number is still too low for someone who is Newton's current go-to receiver.
Jakobi Meyers total receiving yards: Over 49.5 (-115). Similar to what we noted above, Meyers is averaging 113.5 receiving yards over his previous two games. Even if you cut that production in half in Week 10, he still hits his Over.
Vikings Patriots Point Spread Picks
Mark Andrews total receptions: Over 3.5 (+130). I expect Lamar Jackson to find more success through the air in Week 10 and Mark Andrews could be one of the benefactors of it. While he's only gone over this total twice in 2020, he is still seeing an average of 5.5 targets per game. If that number holds true here, I expect him to have plenty of open opportunities over the middle of the field.
Marquise Brown longest reception: Over 19.5 yards (-120). New England's secondary has allowed 27 passes of 20-plus yards this season, which is tied for the eight-most in the NFL. Brown is averaging nearly 14 yards per reception this season and has the ability to rip off a reception that goes the length of the field. Given the Patriots' spotty secondary of late, he should have a couple of opportunities for a chunk play.