Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Time to see how the Vikings react to complete embarrassment.
Four days after a 40-3 home field loss to the Cowboys, the Vikings returned to the same field to take on the Patriots. They hope to come to their senses and prove to the country that they are much, much better than they showed in their last speech. The win will take the Vikings to 9-2 and give them five full games against the Packers and Lions in NFC North.
It won’t be easy. The Patriots have one of the best defenses in the NFL and are behind the Cowboys in terms of sacks and pressure. Matthew Judon, the league’s leader in sacks, will play against the offensive line, losing his top left tackle Christian Darrisow, who suffered a concussion. Bill Belichick is one of the greatest defensive players in the game and he will no doubt try to make it difficult for Lt. Blake Brandel.
Offensively, the Patriots do not have the same firepower as the Cowboys. Mac Jones struggled in his second season, throwing four touchdowns and seven interceptions, and at one point came to the bench in place of Bailey Zappe. New England have a really good game with Ramondra Stevenson and Damien Harris and they will try to fix it soon. And the Vikings were left with fourth cornerback Duke Shelley paired with Patrick Peterson, while Cameron Dantzler, Acaleb Evans and Andrew Booth Jr. were injured.
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Final score: Vikings 33, Patriots 26
0:53 The Vikings are throwing him away. New England would have to go 89 yards with no timeouts to tie the game.
8:07 — The Patriots go three and are eliminated again. Here the Vikings can take the lead with two points in play.
Vikings 33, Patriots 26
9:34 – Kirk Cousins hit Adam Thielen for the veteran’s first touchdown since week 6, the 52nd of his career. This is a huge game that brings back the viking leadership. The trip was extended due to the Patriots colliding with Ryan Wright on a punt.
Patriots 26, Vikings 26
14:07 “Today is a draw for the fifth time. The Vikings were in the red zone, but the Patriots’ first sack came at a crucial moment.
0:00 — By the end of the third quarter, the Vikings are in the top ten of the Patriots and threaten to even the score or take the lead.
Patriots 26, Vikings 23
6:43 — It looked like the Patriots scored another touchdown, but it was canceled after a lengthy review. They agree to a field goal to regain the lead.
Patriots 23, Vikings 23
10:41 – Kene Nwangwu just played his first opener this season after doing it twice as a rookie. 97 yards. Touchdown. Tie game.
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Patriots 23, Vikings 16
10:54 – The Vikings do not stop throwing open tricks over the middle of the field. Hunter Henry just caught one ball, eluded Cam Bynum and rushed for a 37-yard touchdown to reclaim New England’s lead.
Break: Vikings 16, Patriots 16
0:00 — The Patriots equalized just before halftime. They will receive the ball to start the second half. Duke Shelley broke a transition in the end zone one game before a field goal.
Vikings 16, Patriots 13
1:30 The Vikings are back in first place as T.J. Hockenson catches the ball from one yard on his first touchdown with the Minnesota. Greg Joseph missed out on another extra point, his fifth of the season, so he’s only three points ahead.
Patriots 13, Vikings 10
5:41 — The Patriots come back to the lead with another Nick Faulk field goal. They are averaging 7.1 yards per game but are 0-for-3 on the third down.
Patriots 10, Vikings 10
8:29 — The Vikings’ long, methodical drive ends with a short field goal after Matthew Judon called against RG rookie Ed Ingram. This game is a draw again.
Patriots 10, Vikings 7
1:28 — The Vikings’ defense is kept in the red zone, forcing the Patriots to settle for a field goal.
3:43 Kirk Cousins just threw a nasty interception over midfield to Jonathan Jones. A 55 yard return puts New England in the red.
5:37 – After scoring touchdowns in the first round, both teams won three and were eliminated in the second series.
Vikings 7, Patriots 7
8:21 “Talk about an immediate Patriot response. It only took them five plays to get 75 yards and a touchdown. Mack Jones completed passes for 26 and 34 yards, the latter going to Nelson Agolor for a wide-open touchdown.
Vikings 7, Patriots 0
10:40 — The Vikings are hitting on the first blow, already topping the total in Sunday’s game. They went 80 yards on a masked penalty and scored a third down with a touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson. Good start for hosts.