The New England Patriots look to rebound after a dismal week one performance against the Miami Dolphins. New England looked overmatched being outscored 20-0 by a dink-and-dunk Dolphin’s attack throughout the entire second half. The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a dominant all-around performance against the lowly St. Louis Rams. All-Pro running-back Adrian Peterson will be inactive for Sunday’s contest. The rest of the Minnesota rushing attack will be licking their chops at the chance to rush at a Patriots defensive-line that has more holes than a Rodger Goodell lead investigation. Bill Belichick will have to get creative if he’s going to stop the nosebleed that is the Patriots run defense.
Vikings vs Patriots Week 2 Odds
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Patriots -5.5 (-110)
Vikings +5.5 (-110)
Patriots: The surprise trade of offensive-lineman Logan Mankins added more questions than answers to an offensive-line unit in transition. First-time team captain Dan Connelly and the rest of the offensive-line looked completely lost all afternoon. Miami’s defense pressured Brady and pushed him off his spot the entire second half of the contest. Tom Brady looked visibly frustrated by the lack of pass-protection and New England looked more exposed on the offensive and defensive-lines than anyone had anticipated. If New England has any chance of winning this Sunday in Minnesota, they’ll have to do a better job in the trenches on both sides of the ball.
Vikings: Matt Cassel will face his former team the New England Patriots for the first time since his departure after the 2011 season. The former backup has become the starter. Expect Cassel to have a solid game against his former team. Adrian Peterson’s deactivation will certainly put the focus of the Patriots defense on Cordarrelle Patterson. Last Sunday, Peterson wasn’t even the best performer on the field for the Vikings against the Rams. That distinction went to Cordarrelle Patterson. The dynamic wide-receiver displays an explosive skill set similar to the likes of former Viking’s wide-receiver Percy Harvin. Patterson is the kind of player that makes things happen in the open with the ball in his hands. He’s a surefire bet to go the distance every-time. The two-headed monster of Peterson and Patterson in week one overpowered the much maligned St. Louis Rams defensive front. Losing Peterson is a crushing blow. If the Vikings can balance a short passing game with a mixture of screens and end-arounds the Vikings might have a shot at the upset.
The Patriots are on the road for the second straight week. Despite the loss to Miami the Patriots still have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. It’s too soon to jump off the Patriot bandwagon. The Pats rarely have lost back-to-back games during the Brady/Belichick era, especially when Brady has something to prove. Belichick always looks to take away the other team’s best weapon (see Jimmy Graham’s zero reception performance in week six last season). If the Patriots are going to win, Belichick would be wise to force the Vikings to the air. Matt Cassel is no Tom Brady; he will need to channel his best Brady impression to beat the Patriots on Sunday, especially against a Patriots defense with a chip on its shoulder. Overcoming the loss of Adrian Peterson will be too difficult. Look for the Patriot’s offensive and defensive-lines to bounce back on the road and pick up a much-needed win.
Patriots 24 Viking 17
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