Minnesota Vikings @ New England Patriots. 2018 Week 13 National Football League Betting Preview for Sunday, December 2, 2018


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The (6-4-1) SU/ATS Minnesota Vikings got a crucial 24-17 win over NFC North division rivals Green Bay as 3′ point home FAVORITES ATS on November 25th.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins had an impressive outing throwing for 325 yards completing 29 of 38 passes thrown with two touchdowns while the Viking defense held Green Bay to 254 total yards.

  • Minnesota is 1-6 ATS their last seven vs. Teams with a winning SU record.
  • The road team is 4-1 ATS the last five between the teams.
  • OVER bettors have cashed in 6 of Minnesota last seven against a team with a winning SU record.
  • The Vikings are 3-1 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last four on the road.

The (8-3) SU, (7-4) ATS New England Patriots have won seven of their last eight SU including a 27-13 win over the New York Jets last Sunday as 13-point road FAVORITES ATS.

New England went into halftime tied with the lowly Jets before outscoring the home team 17-3 after the break. However, POINT SPREAD bettors who gave up the thirteen points had to sweat it out as the Patriots defense kept New York from scoring from the two-yard line in the final seconds.

  • The Patriots are 8-1 ATS their last nine in December.
  • UNDER bettors have cashed in 6 of the Patriots last seven in December.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 the last five times the teams have played.
  • UNDER bettors have profited the Patriots last four overall.

Kickoff will be Sunday, December 2, 2018. Game time is at 4:25 PM EST at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The FOX Television Network will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has Minnesota at 5 point road UNDERDOGS AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD. The TOTAL is forty-nine points for Sunday’s contest.

The Minnesota Vikings have rallied to win five of seven SU since a two-game losing streak in September when the chaos of defensive end Everson Griffen was in question at the team hotel before the Buffalo loss. Head Coach Mike Zimmer did a great job keeping his team together, and they’re now playing with a purpose. $84 million signal-caller Kirk Cousins (3,289) passing yards is the leader of a unit that produces (368.5) total yards per contest, 14th in the NFL. Minnesota struggles running the football in substantial part injuries to Dalvin Cook, but he can break out any moment to take over a game. The average (85.3) yards per game on the ground which ranks 30th league-wide. Wideouts Adam Thielen (1,138) receiving yard along with Stefon Diggs (790) lead a corps that average (299.0) ypg through the air. Minnesota has the most athletic group of linebackers in football with Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks but Griffen is the emotional leader, and when he’s playing well the defense is ferocious. The Vikings allow opponents (314.7) total yards per contest, 3rd in the NFL. Minnesota is a game and a half behind first-place Chicago who they’ll host in the regular season finale.

A key to a Minnesota win is to get pressure on Brady, but if the Vikings offense can’t run the ball, it could get ugly.

Bovada.Lv list the Minnesota Vikings at ten total wins for the win the 2018-19 season.

It’s the same story in the AFC East; New England is separating from Miami, Buffalo, and the Jets. The New England Patriots have a three-game lead over the second place Dolphins who they’ll play again. However, it won’t make a difference unless Tom Brady goes down with an injury, even then New England will be able to get into the playoffs. A road loss to Tennessee woke the team up as they went into a bye week and now they have sight’s on home field advantage as 2019 is just around the corner. The (388.2) yards per game produced by the offense is tied for 8th in league with Indianapolis while the (118.2) ypg on the ground is 12th in the NFL. Rookie running back Sony Michel (586) leads the team in rushing, another former South Florida high school standout James White who’s his backup leads the Patriots with (567) receiving yards. The Patriots defense gives up (377.5) total yards per contest which ranks 21st in Football and opponents scores (22.6) ppg. New England comes into the game reasonably healthy with the return of Rob Gronkowski.

Brady will face Vikings safety Harrison Smith who’s as instinctive as former Ravens star Ed Reed, and that concerns head coach Bill Belichick. New England must take advantage of wideout Josh Gordon who’ll likely be matched up against Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes who is nursing a hamstring injury.

Bovada.Lv list the New England Patriots at 11 total wins for the win the 2018-19 season.

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Would you rather have Kirk Cousins or Jack Reacher under center?

Would you rather have Kirk Cousins or Jack Reacher under center?

So, because free is good and so is the view, we’re sitting in the seventh floor Creation Station at the Main Library. Our workspace could be a booth at a posh restaurant: high-backed soft chairs, a large table between us with room for two laptops, two cellies, our beverages of choice and whatever else we need. There’s floor-to-ceiling windows with a northern view from downtown. It’s not a big downtown but luxury apartments are springing up like zombies in Fallout when you’re down to your last few hit points.  Like I said, it’s a good view.

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The one difference between the Creation Station and a Longhorns, other than having to bring your own food and drink, is that the soft, comfy chairs come with outlets and USB ports. You can work after you tire of looking at all the people and traffic scurrying around seven stories below, or of waiting for another helicopter to land on the helipad atop the library’s parking garage. Most of the choppers are picking up or dropping off cash for the various banks with branches nearby. I’m just thinking there’s a Lee Child novel waiting to be written here when Charlie Red speaks up.

“What do you think about Minnesota?”


“The Vikings. Do you think they’ll be any good?”

I shrug, playing for time to transition from Jack Reacher to Kirk Cousins. Safe to say, it requires taking a few steps down.

“They got Kirk Cousins now, you know.”


“He’s no Teddy Bridgewater.”

“No. Odd how he’s replacing a second talented quarterback with a f***-ed up knee, though. Who’d have thought that was a thing?”

Charlie laughs. “Yeah, but I just don’t think he can do it. He doesn’t have the talent.”

Teddy Bridgewater opted to go to the New York Jets after the Minnesota Vikings signed Kirk Cousins.

“Well, there’s two things. One, everybody else jumped ship. Well, not Bridgewater. He left after Cousins arrived. Probably thought he had a better chance of taking Josh McCown’s job with the Jets.  Sam Bradford signed with Arizona as soon as he could. Case Keenum was on his way to Denver at the same time. Second, Cousins is that reliable guy everyone except the Redskins likes. The safe bet. He’ll underthrow the deep ball every time, but he’ll make the right read and accurate throws underneath. Get rid of the ball when nothing’s on, too.”

“That’s what I’m talking about. Although the Vikings could go all the way if that kid Dalvin Cook can stay out of trouble.”

“You think he’s the next Ezekiel Elliott?”

“What I’m sayin’. They just can’t expect Cousins to do it on his own.”

“Well, an elite running back can cover up for a secondhand quarterback. So can a great defense. Mike Zimmer’s got that in Minnesota.”

“He does.”

“Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl with Baltimore.”

“He sure enough did.”

“Trent effin’ Dilfer.”

“I’m sayin’.”


“So, whaddya think? Will Minnesota go all the way?”

“Man, I don’t know. I’m trying to write the great American novel.”

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Martin Palazzotto is a freelance writer and author of strange bOUnce, a collection of sport fiction.