There are three very intriguing games for fans to watch this Thanksgiving and one of them will feature the Minnesota Vikings hitting the road to face off against the New England Patriots. This is the night game and should be extremely entertaining to watch.
Coming off of a brutal loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Vikings will look to get back on track. They are the second-best team in the NFC right now and are looking to prove that the loss to Dallas was not who they really are. On the other hand, the Patriots are in need of a win to boost their playoff hopes.
Both of these teams are competitive football teams and are very well coached. They also both have major playmakers on both sides of the ball. You won’t want to miss this one.
With all of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at five bold predictions for the Vikings at Patriots matchup.
5. Kirk Cousins Comes Through In Primetime
One of the biggest drawbacks for Cousins throughout his career has been putting up dud performances in primetime games. It doesn’t get much more primetime than the night game on Thanksgiving Day.
Cousins will come through with a big-time performance for the Vikings. He knows how important this game is for his team and he will produce. We are predicting 275 passing yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions for Cousins in this game.
4. The Patriots Sack Cousins At Least Five Times
While we are predicting a big game for Cousins, we are also predicting that he will take a beating. Led by Matthew Judon, the Patriots have a lethal pass-rush. That will be an issue for the Vikings in this contest.
Throughout the course of the game, Cousins will be sacked at least five times. While we don’t think Cousins will throw a pick, a fumble or two could change the course of this game.
3. Minnesota’s Defense Forces Two Interceptions
Next up, the Vikings have been able to make plays often defensively throughout the season. That will be the case once again this week.
Patrick Peterson and company are going to put together a two-interception performance. Mac Jones has not been great this season, but the potential is there for him to break out. Our next prediction has him playing well, but the two interceptions will haunt him.
2. Mac Jones Racks Up 250+ Yards, Three Touchdowns
No quarterback in the NFL has had as much disappointment and pressure surrounding him as Jones has had. After being prematurely labeled a star after his rookie season, Jones has not had the same kind of season in year two. That being said, he will still throw for over 250 yards and three touchdowns this week.
If those numbers came without the two picks that we are projecting, it would be a strong performance. Unfortunately, this will be another game for Jones that leaves just a little lacking.
1. The Vikings Pick Up Another Convincing Win To Bounce Back
Finally, we need to make a prediction about the game as a whole. Looking at the above bold predictions, you can probably tell who we have winning this matchup.
While the Patriots are going to put up a fight, the Vikings are going to come out on top. They are still one of the top Super Bowl contenders in the league and will bounce back from their loss to the Cowboys in convincing fashion. Our final score prediction has the Vikings winning this matchup by a final score of 31-21.