An intriguing inter-conference matchup goes down Sunday in Foxborough, Mass., when the New England Patriots host the Minnesota Vikings. It’s a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff from Gillette Stadium. New England (8-3) is closing in on its 10th straight AFC East title following a 27-13 rout of the Jets last week, while Minnesota (6-4-1) is currently the NFC’s first wild-card team after handling Green Bay behind Kirk Cousins’ 359 yards and three touchdowns. Sportsbooks list New England as a five-point favorite. The Over-Under, or total points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 49.5 in the latest Vikings vs. Patriots odds. Before you make any Patriots vs. Vikings picks, see what Vikings expert Larry Hartstein has to say.
Hartstein is 6-0 in his last six spread picks for or against the Vikings, part of a stunning 14-2 Minnesota run. Last Sunday, Hartstein was all over Minnesota (-3) when the Vikes dispatched Green Bay, 24-17, in a game that wasn’t that close. Minnesota out-gained Green Bay, 416-254. “This line is saying the teams are even and I don’t believe that’s the case,” Hartstein told SportsLine members. “The Vikings have a massive homefield advantage — they’re 36-16-2 against the spread in their last 54 home games — and Green Bay’s defensive injuries give them a chance to break out offensively.”
Moreover, Hartstein is a mind-blowing 44-19 on all his NFL picks this season, making him SportsLine’s No. 1 expert. Anyone who has followed him is up big.
Now, Hartstein has pounced on what he calls a mistake in the Patriots vs. Vikings spread. He has locked in a strong pick over at SportsLine.
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Hartstein knows Patriots quarterback Tom Brady remains in complete command even at age 41. He has gone four straight games without an interception and was buoyed by Rob Gronkowski’s return in last week’s 27-13 win over the Jets. Brady targeted Gronk a team-high seven times and posted his highest passer rating (115.4) in more than a calendar year.
Minnesota has won five of seven and ranks third in total defense at 314.7 yards per game. Cousins has settled in with his new team, enabling Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph to put up big numbers. Running back Dalvin Cook has recovered fully from his hamstring injury and scored his first touchdown last week on a screen pass.
We can tell you Hartstein is leaning Over, but his much stronger play is on the spread. He’s unearthed an eye-popping stat that has him going big on one side. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
Who wins Vikings vs. Patriots? And what eye-popping stat makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to get Larry Hartstein’s strong against-the-spread pick, all from the No. 1 NFL expert who’s 14-2 on Vikings picks.