What you need to know about the Patriots-Vikings matchup

The Patriots have won past four meetings.

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New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, wide receiver Julian Edelman, defensive back Nate Ebner and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby leave the field after an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 34-10. AP Photo/Mark Zaleski

Vikings (6-4-1) at Patriots (8-3)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EST, Fox

Opening line — Patriots by 5 1/2

Record vs. spread — Minnesota 6-4-1, New England 7-4

Series record —Patriots lead 8-4

Last meeting — Patriots beat Vikings 30-7, Sept. 14, 2014

Last week — Vikings beat Packers 24-17; Patriots beat Jets 27-13

AP Pro32 ranking — Vikings No. 9, Patriots No. 4.

Vikings offense — Overall (14), Rush (30), Pass (7).

Vikings defense — Overall (3), Rush (4), Pass (5).

Patriots offense — Overall (8), Rush (12), Pass (11).

Patriots defense — Overall (22), Rush (14), Pass (25).

Streaks, stats and notes

-Patriots have won past four meetings.

-New England is hosting Minnesota for first time since 2010 season when Patriots beat Vikings 28-18.


-Vikings have won twice at New England, their last victory in 2000 in Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s first year.


-Vikings have allowed only four runs of 15-plus yards this season, fewest in NFL.

-Vikings have 36 sacks, third most in NFL.

-QB Kirk Cousins has 3,289 passing yards, most through 11 games in team history.

-WR Adam Thielen has nine 100-yard games this year, most in team history. He leads league with 93 receptions.

-TE Kyle Rudolph has started 60 straight games, longest active streak in league among tight ends.


-Victory would guarantee Patriots winning record for 18th consecutive season, second-longest streak in NFL history behind Dallas’ 20 straight (1966-85).

-Sunday marks Belichick’s 300th game as Patriots coach. Win would give him his 250th victory (regular-season and playoffs combined).


-Entering Week 13, Patriots have not had turnover in four straight games. New England also went four consecutive games without giveaway last season (Weeks 7-10). Team record for consecutive games without turnover is seven in 2010, which is also NFL record.

-QB Tom Brady is 4-0 against Vikings. Brady is 75-18 in regular-season games played on or after Thanksgiving. He is also 58-11 in December, most wins in NFL history. His .843 winning percentage is second best in December among quarterbacks in Super Bowl era. Roger Staubach (17-3, .850) is first.

-TE Rob Gronkowski has 376 yards receiving (94 per game) in his past four games vs. NFC North, and three TD catches.


Fantasy tip: In four career games against Minnesota, Brady has nine touchdown passes and only one INT for 109.4 quarterback rating. He is aiming for his fifth meeting with rating of 100 or higher. He has rating of 99 or higher in nine of his past 11 games vs. NFC North.